You won’t find many Moringa trees when wandering around New Zealand’s countryside, so you might not be too familiar with this miracle plant. The Moringa tree is a phenomenon, especially in drought-affected countries as it grows quickly, even in poor soil and not only is nutritious but has some amazing health benefits. Tickle your noggin with these 5 interesting facts about the Moringa tree:
Every part is edible:
Each and every component of the Moringa tree is edible. The leaves can be eaten like spinach, the seed pods are similar to green beans and the roots are like horseradish. Making it a complete meal in a tree!
It purifies water:
The seeds of the Moringa tree have some amazing properties. When crushed they become a natural binder and can be used in water to catch fine substances such as bacteria, salt and other impurities as they will clump together and can be more easily removed.
It is extremely nutritious:
The plant is full of essential nutrients, including vitamins A, B, C, D, E as well as minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and selenium. For every 100 grams, Moringa tree leaves have nearly as much Vitamin C as a navel orange and three times that in the pods. Moringa is also one of a kind as its leaves are rich in essential amino acids which are not usually found in plants, it is rich in protein and is a source of good cholesterol.
It will give you an energy boost:
One serving of Moringa provides three times the amount of iron of spinach. Iron is an essential element of hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs and carries it throughout your body. A lack of iron is called iron deficiency anemia and causes you to have low energy and feel exhausted.Having a poor diet can result in anemia, therefore Moringa could be a solution to solving this issue for a lot of people.
It has healing powers:
There have been numerous studies around the positive health effects of eating Moringa tree, including that it: protects the liver, treats stomach disorders, is an antibacterial agent, has cancer fighting properties, treats neurodegenerative diseases, improves bone health, boosts immunity, has immunosuppressive properties, protects the cardiovascular system, treats diabetes, treats asthma, prevents stone formation, protects against kidney problems, heals wounds, treats edema, reduces hypertension, improves eye health, treats anemia and sickle cell disease. Read more about the studies that have been conducted on the Moringa tree here.