The Moringa Oleifera tree has been called the Tree of Life in many cultures. For centuries, the peoples of northern India and of Africa have known of the many benefits and uses of Moringa oleifera. It has many names based on its many uses such as clarifier tree, horseradish tree and drumstick tree (referring to the large drumstick shaped pods) and in East Africa it is known as “mother’s best friend”. India’s ancient tradition of ayurveda holds that the leaves of the Moringa tree prevent 300 diseases. Every part of the tree can be used. It was originally native only to the foothills of the Himalayas, and though little known in the Western world, is a nutritional dynamite dynamo. There are hundreds of uses for this unique and generous tree.You may find more information at Moringa Oleifera Capsules.
The young, immature Moringa Oleifera pods are the most valued and widely used of all the tree parts. The pods are extremely nutritious, containing all the essential amino acids along with many vitamins and other nutrients. The immature pod can be eaten raw or prepared like green peas or green beans. Moringa Oleifera seeds from the pod yield 38 – 40% of non-drying, edible oil known as Ben oil or Behen oil. This oil is clear, sweet and odorless, and never becomes rancid. Overall, its nutritional value most closely resembles olive oil. It is a very desirable oil for the formulation of cosmetics as it has many anti-oxidants and documented skin-rejuvenating properties. With an Oleic acid content of 72%, Moringa oil penetrates deeply into the skin, bringing vital nutrients and also helping the skin retain moisture.
The Moringa Oleifera seed cake remaining after the extraction of the oil has been demonstrated to be a very effective flocculent/coagulant for the clarification of turbid water. It is highly effective for the removal of sediment and bacteria. The leaves contain more nutrition than any other plant in the world! Drying the leaf concentrates the nutrition even further. According to studies in Tanzania, 25 grams daily of Moringa Leaf Powder will give a child the following recommended daily allowances:??Protein: 42%, Calcium: 125%, Magnesium: 61%, Potassium: 41%, Iron: 71%, Vitamin A: 272% and Vitamin C: 22%.
Ongoing scientific studies are investigating the power of Moringa Oleifera to combat modern day scourges such as HIV/AIDS and cancer. Moringa Oleifera contains a unique combination of isothiocyanate and glucosinolates. The effectiveness of the Moringa Oleifera Plant in treating ovarian cancer became evident after the publication of recent studies demonstrating that benzyl isothiocyanate (BITC) and phenethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC) induce apoptosis in ovarian cancer cells in vitro. Isothiocyanates have proven antitumor activity in cancers of the lung, breast, skin, esophagus, and pancreas and now the induction of apoptosis in ovarian cancer cell in vitro can now be added to the list.