What is a Moringa Tree and how can one tree help end starvation?
Today thousands of children will die before the day is through. Thousands more will die tomorrow and every day this month. According to the British medical Journal, The Lancet, almost 40 percent of all child deaths worldwide occur in the first month of life. Most of these newborn deaths occur in poor countries where the nutrition of the women both while pregnant and nursing is severely deficient. This grim statistic can be changed. The Moringa tree can help reduce that statistic.
The Moringa Tree projects give hope to end the starvation in third world countries. It is carried on through organizations such as ECHO, Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization, based in Florida. By learning about the Moringa Tree and becoming part of this movement, you will become part of the answer and solution in saving children's lives.
These research projects have already shown that eating the Moringa leaf powder helped children to maintain or improve their weight and overall health; helped pregnant women recover from anemic conditions; Improved birth weights and the quality of breast milk. This is why these projects are so important.
How Can Moringa Leaves Help End Starvation: What is the big deal about this tree?:
Moringa leaves are filled with exceptional usable nutrition including protein, all essential amino acids, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, and the full complement of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants that are needed to be healthy. It is hard to find one food that contains all of the nutrients needed for health and survival.
• The leaves can be picked fresh can be added to various foods such as salads. A breakdown of the fresh leaves shows they contain 7 times more Vitamin C than Oranges; 4 times the Calcium of Milk; 3 times the Potassium of Bananas; 2 times the Protein of Yogurt; 4 times the Vitamin A of Carrots; 34 times the iron of Spinach; protein nearly equal to eggs.
• Dried Moringa leaves contain exceptional nutrition as well: ½ the Vitamin C or Oranges;17 times the Calcium of Milk; 15 times the Potassium of Bananas; 9 times the Protein of Yogurt; 25 times the Vitamin A of Carrots. The dried Moringa leaves are dried, ground into a powder and added to many foods including yogurt, applesauce, green drinks, juice, and water.
Never heard of Moringa? There is good reason.
In 2014 Moringa trees are grown only in a selected few areas in the US: Hawaii, Florida, and CA. There are other areas where they are being tried. They are a tree that needs warmth, sun, and mild winters. You will not find the fresh leaves at your local market unless you go to an Asian market or farmer's market in those states. The tree is now gaining more popularity after exposure by Dr. Oz and more eduction. It is still not well known in the United States. If you went to India or the Philipines, they would be familiar with the food just as we are romaine lettuce.
Facts About Moringa, the Tree of Life, The Miracle Tree
There are many trees in the Moringaceae family, but the two main species grown commercially are Moringa Oliefera and Moringa Stenopetala. The Moringa Oleifera trees are now grown commercially in many parts of the world: India, Honduras, Ecuador, Asia, The Phillipines.
The trees are known by a different name in each country where it grows including horse-radish tree, malunggay in the Phillipines, murunga, and many more. Its native range is Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia. It is also grown in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sudan, Nigeria, and many other countries. In Southern Ethiopia each family grows a Moringa Tree right outside their door or in their garden. The leaves are cooked like a vegetable with meals.
The Moringa tree can grow is a wide range of climatic conditions and is drought tolerant. It is an extremely fast growing tree. The trees will take a sporatic light frost, but in severe climates they must be raised in a green house or in a large planting box inside by a sunny window. It quickly sends out new growth from the trunk when cut. It quickly populates stream banks and savanna areas where the soils are well drained. Every part of the tree can be used.
• The leaves can be picked fresh, added to your salad and are a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and nutrition. A breakdown of the fresh leaves shows they contain 7 times more Vitamin C than Oranges; 4 times the Calcium of Milk; 3 times the Potassium of Bananas; 2 times the Protein of Yogurt; 4 times the Vitamin A of Carrots; 34 times the iron of Spinach; protein nearly equal to eggs.
• Dried Moringa leaves contain exceptional nutrition as well: ½ the Vitamin C or Oranges;17 times the Calcium of Milk; 15 times the Potassium of Bananas; 9 times the Protein of Yogurt; 25 times the Vitamin A of Carrots. The dried Moringa leaves are dried, ground into a powder and added to porridge or stirred into other food dishes.
Moringa Trees: How the flowers, pods, stems, leaves and oil are used:
• The Moringa flowers can be fried either alone or in a batter or drunk in a tea. The flowers contain both Calcium and potassium. They contain medicinal values which will be addressed in the next article.
• Moringa Oil can be used for cooking and is as nutritious as olive oil. The Moringa oil has other uses as well including the lubrication of delicate mechanisms, soap-making, and as a base in cosmetics and in lamps.
• Moringa has many medicinal qualities which are utilized in Ayurvedic medicine.
• Moringa leaves and pods can be fed to livestock as well.
. The pods are eaten at various stages as well in dishes.
• Powdered Moringa seeds have the unique property of acting as a natural coagulant and water purifier. The powder can clarify the most turbid of water. How important is just this element in the countries where fresh clean water does not exist now?
• The Moringa Tree wood is too soft for all but light construction work but can be used as a cooking fuel.
The Moringa tree is one of the answers to today's food crisis. I hope this article inspires you to learn more about Moringa.
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