Monday, November 26, 2012

GOD'S GIFT TO THOSE WHO CAN'T AFFORD EXPENSIVE HEALTH SUPPLEMENTS?

Moringa - the most nutritious plant
on planet earth.
Many of you have probably heard of moringa, if not from the media, then from friends who have used it. I read about it some time back, but dismissed it as yet another one of the many so-called plant-based miracles e.g. acai berry, that are sold via direct marketing. Well, after listening to two friends who swore by the health benefits of moringa, I am willing to test out the plant for myself.

Apparently every part of the plant has a health benefit. I shall try the seeds first for a week and report back. My two friends take two seeds twice a day. They tell me they now feel a lot more energetic, their skin is smoother and their digestion has improved.

As with anything that we take into our body for the first time, it's advisable to do some research about it first. There is plenty of information about moringa on the internet, mostly good. These charts below are a good starting point. You can google to verify these health claims.

Sounds too good to be true? Best to verify these claims
before taking moringa.

If you have taken moringa before, do give us your feedback. 

According to Dr Monica Marcu who wrote about the amazing health benefits of moringa in her book "The Miracle Tree", "...it has all the nutrients that could be found in a perfect food." Discovery Channel produced a documentary on moringa a decade ago. You can view it below. 



If this wonder plant lives up to all the claims, it would be God's gift to those who cannot afford expensive health supplements. Moringa grows easily even in harsh conditions. You can buy the seeds and leaves from most Indian provision shops that sell vegetables, herbs and spices. I just bought two "drumsticks" (moringa pods) each about 20 inches in length from a stall in Little India market, Singapore for 70 cents.

As expected, pharmaceutical companies are already marketing moringa as an extract and in pill form. I don't know what the prices are, but one can be sure these companies are raking in a tidy profit from the humble moringa.


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think moringa is actually the same as drumstick (a type of vegetable) used in Dhal curry, see the image of it here:
http://www.google.com.my/imgres?imgurl=http://img.21food.com/20110609/product/1305278849796.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.21food.com/products/fresh-green-drumstick-vegetable-209082.html&h=368&w=455&sz=23&tbnid=od3zcwnrt7ft8M:&tbnh=81&tbnw=100&zoom=1&usg=__W5_A7Vc2b7T0XPmpyqOcJ3wCrkQ=&docid=QBnjuoq6BcYt3M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rouzUNrrKYyzrAeh7YHwDA&sqi=2&ved=0CJwBEP4dMA8

el-f said...

You are right. Moringa is known as 'drumstick' here in Singapore and Malaysia, because the pod resembles a drumstick.