The Many Health Benefits of Malunggay
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The Many Health Benefits of Malunggay

Malunggay with scientific name of Moringa oelifera is said to be “nature’s medicine cabinet” by researchers and health professionals as it contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that can prevent and treat various body disorders.

These days there are a lot of celebrity endorsements and advertisements that praise the many benefits that can be derived from malungay. When before it was just dismissed as a mere vegetable; the malunggay tree is now being seen in a different light. What with research saying that malunggay contains a lot of medicinal properties that can treat virtually every affliction that the human body feels.

Malunggay with scientific name of Moringa oelifera is said to be “nature’s medicine cabinet” by researchers and health professionals as it contains a variety of vitamins and minerals that can prevent and treat various body disorders. On a per gram basis, the vitamins and minerals found in malunggay are way higher than those fruits or vegetables commonly known to contain them. Carrots for example are known to contain high amount of Vitamin A and Beta Carotene however it was found out that Malunggay contains four times the vitamin A and Beta Carotene compared to carrots. Malunggay also has high amounts of Vitamin C as against oranges and more calcium than milk. And while the banana is known to contain potassium- a mineral that helps increase the secretion of sodium in the urine- it was found out that the malunggay has fifteen times more potassium content. These are among others the reason why malunggay is now known as the miracle tree.

The various parts of this “wonder” tree have medicinal as well nutritional purposes. The leaves are commonly added to various Filipino dishes as vegetable because of the many benefits that can be derived from the nutrients found in it. The decoction of the roots can be consumed as tea while the trunk can be used for cleaning wounds. The seeds of the tree on the other hand can be processed to produce oil which has a range of use in the beauty and pharmaceutical industry. This malunggay oil can also be used to treat minor cuts, bruises, insect bites and is also a great moisturizer among its other benefits.

Here are the other health benefits that can be derived from Malungay:

- As has been mentioned earlier, malunggay has a high content of Vitamin C, Calcium, zinc, potassium and also Vitamin E which helps in the alleviation of high blood pressure.

- Vitamin B complex are also found in malunggay, along with protein and potassium which are needed to stimulate insulin production which is a great help in fighting diabetes.

- The frequent consumption of malunggay will enable the body to strengthen its immune system.

- Malunggay when taken in tea form can help strengthen eye muscles, prevent intestinal worms and can also treat asthma and ulcers.

- Malunggay also has high anti-oxidant contents which help in the prevention of cancer.

- Helps in increasing metabolism.

- For lactating mothers, malunggay is good in the production of the mother's milk.

- Prevents anemia because of the iron content found in malunggay

- Malunggay also helps in the improvement of endurance.

- Improves semen count in men.

- With all the vitamins and minerals found in the malunggay tree, frequent consumption or intake of supplements with malunngay or moringa is great for anti-aging.

 

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Comments (7)

Very well written piece about malunggay.

Great and informative reading.Thanks

Informative article on malunggay A picture of malunggay would have helped me more.Thanks..

Never heard of the Malungay the article was a wonderful read. Learnt alot. Just as Rama said, a picture would have helped alot; guess I just have to check it up online. Thanks for the enlightenment.

An excellent info about this delicious vegetable kabayan.

Hi Rama, thanks for the comment, will take a picture of my malungay tree and will post it to this article.

Excellent article. Thanks

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