Nutritional Value Of Malunggay Part I

farmeric June 17th, 2008

The hardest thing to see is what is in front of your eyes. - Goethe

Malunggay Leaves

These leaves could save million of lives. These tiny leaves have the potential to save million of people on our planet. What kind of leaves are they?

They are the leaves of of the humble Malunggay (moringa) tree. The scientific name is Moringa oleifera. It is said that the Malunggay tree originated in Northern India. Record shows Malunggay being used in Indian medicine some 5,000 years ago.


Thirteen Malunggay (moringa) species are known of:

  1. M. olefeira
  2. M. arborea
  3. M. borziana
  4. M. concanensis
  5. M. drouhardii
  6. M. hildebrandtii
  7. M. longituba
  8. M. ovalifolia
  9. M. peregrina
  10. M. pygmaea
  11. M. rivae
  12. M. ruspoliana
  13. M. stenopetala

As Malunggay spread from India to other tropical and subtropical areas, it adapted to local conditions. Over time, these thirteen distinct species of Malunggay developed.

Uses of Malunggay in Ancient World

  • Nutrition
  • Disease Prevention
  • Ointment
  • Alley Cropping
  • Fertilizer
  • Erosion Control
  • Water Purification
  • Cosmetics
  • Textile Printing
  • Insecticide
  • Fungicide
  • Lubricants
  • Tanning Leather
  • Dye
  • Fiber Products
  • Fences
  • Ornamentation & Shade
  • Wind Barrier
  • Cane Juice Clarifier
  • Honey Production
  • Condiment
  • Cooking Oil
  • Honey Clarifier
  • Food

In ancient times, Malunggay was known and used in traditional societies around the world. This was long before people had the tools of instant communication that we have today. So people must have discovered Malunggay independently in all of these places, and they found all great value in it. This fact alone suggests that Malunggay is worth investigating. People in these societies discovered a vast array of uses for Malunggay. This knowledge existed in many different parts of the world - Africa, Latin America, South America, India, Indonesia, and many island nations.

Traditional Medicine

  • Anemia, Anxiety, Asthma
  • Blackheads, Blood impurities, Blood Pressure, Bronchitis
  • Catarrh, Chest congestion, Cholera, Colitis, Conjunctivitis, Cough
  • Diabetes, Diarrhea, Dropsy, Dysentery
  • Eye and ear infections
  • Fever
  • Glandular swelling,Gonorrhea
  • Headaches,Hysteria
  • Intestinal worms
  • Jaundice
  • Lactation
  • Malaria
  • Pain in joints, Pimples, Pregnancy, Psoriasis
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Scurvy, Semen deficiency, Skin infections, Sore throat, Sores, Sprain, Stomach ulcers
  • Tuberculosis, Tumor
  • Urinary disorders
  • Wounds

Scientific Knowledge …to be continued at Nutritional Value Of Malunggay Part II

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10 Responses to “Nutritional Value Of Malunggay Part I”

  1. Dave Aguilaon 07 Jul 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Ever since the day I decided to become healthy, “Malunggay” has always been a part of my diet.

    Napanood ko din kasi sa TV about its nutritional value and ang bottomline, it’s very healthy.

    Kapag may sarili na akong house and lot and may garden (if ever), this is one of the vegetables na itatanim ko. :D Nice post. ;)

  2. adminon 07 Jul 2008 at 5:57 pm

    thanks Dave! I’m a fan of your blog too!…i love your articles about finances…

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  4. Chrison 22 Aug 2008 at 3:57 pm

    yes the malunggay is very nutritiuos especially if it is in powder form and it should be taken daily.

    visit our weblog

  5. adminon 22 Aug 2008 at 5:02 pm

    hi cris,

    thanks for the nice comment. i’ve visited your weblog and you’re really got plenty of information about our beloved Malunggay.

    keep promoting Malunggay!

  6. mailor acostaon 02 Oct 2008 at 5:40 pm

    pls. send me different recipe of malunggay.

  7. maria quebecon 20 Nov 2009 at 1:47 am

    please do send me too different recipe of malungay

  8. clarkon 19 Aug 2010 at 6:42 pm

    thank you very much of this information I gonna complete my SIP

  9. darleneon 26 Apr 2011 at 8:25 am


    my family takes moringa capsule for a year now, and it really is amazing, wala pang nagkakasakit sa pamilya ko. talagang miracle ang halaman na ito. halos lahat ng sakit ay ginagamot. tnx sa blog na ito, nai-share ko rin sa mga friends ko ang patunay.

  10. cindyon 28 Jul 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Ever since the day I decided to become healthy, “Malunggay” has always been a part of my diet.

    Napanood ko din kasi sa TV about its nutritional value and ang bottomline, it’s very healthy.

    astig nmn…woahh!!!

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