farmeric July 21st, 2008
Today, scientists are beginning to investigate the traditional claims about Malunggay. Let’s take a look at what they have found.
One aspect that scientists have examined is the nutritional value of Malunggay leaves.
Nutritional analysis has shown that Moringa leaves are extremely nutritious. In fact, they contain larger amounts of several important nutrients than the common foods often associated with these nutrients. These include vitamin C, which fights a host of illnesses including colds and flu; vitamin A, which acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhea, and many other diseases; Calcium, which builds strong bones and teeth and helps prevent osteoporosis; Potassium, which is essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves, and Proteins, the basic building blocks of all our body cells.
Not only that, but Moringa leaves also contain a wealth of other complementary vitamins and minerals.
Rare for a plant source, Moringa (malunggay) leaves contain all the essential amino acids…to build strong, healthy bodies.
Another important point is that Moringa leaves contain all of the essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. It is very rare for a vegetable to contain all of these amino acids. And Moringa contains these amino acids in a good proportion, so that they are very useful to our bodies. These leaves could be a great boon to people who do not get protein from meat.
Moringga (malunggay) even contains argenine and histidine - two amino acids especially important for infants.
It is noteworthy that Moringa contains argenine and histidine, which are especially important for infants who are unable to make enough protein for their growth requirements. Experts tell us that 30% of children in sub-Saharan Africa are protein deficient. Moringa could be an extremely valuable food source.
These graphs show the content of vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium in fresh Moringa leaves and dried leaves, compared to common foods. Except for vitamin C, very little nutritional value is lost in the drying process. This is important because dried leaves can be stored for use much longer than fresh leaves, so that a supply is available year-round.
Here are the comparisons for iron, potassium, and protein in fresh Moringa leaves and dried leaves. Once again, we see how drying the leaves condenses the nutrients, so that a large dose of nutrition can be gained from a small spoonful of dried leaf powder.
to be continued…Malunggay Is Better Than Most VitaminsNutritional Value Of Malunggay Part IOther Uses of Moringa or Malunggay