Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Moringa ( Malunggay ) is is not your ordinary green leafy vegetables.

Moringa or Malungggay is not your ordinary green leafy vegetables. According to Dr. Lydia M. Marero of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Philippines:
Called “Malunggay” in the Philippines, “Sajina” in the Indian Subcontinent, and “Moringa” in English, is a popular tree. Malunggay, known scientifically as Moringa oleifera Lamk, is one of the world's most useful plants. It is used as food, effective flocculant or water treatment, antibiotic, source of oil, and coagulant for turbid waters.
It is also called mother's best friend, and miracle vegetable by many who know malunggay's beneficial uses. It is cultivated in all countries of the tropics. It is easy to plant and is available year-round.
Malunggay's (Moringa) image was even used as the official logo of the Food and Nutrition Research Institute, an agency of the Department of Science and Technology here in the Philippines
One hundred grams or 1 cup of cooked malunggay leaves contain:
  • 3.1 g. protein
  • 0.6 g. fiber
  • 96 mg calcium
  • 29 mg phosphorus
  • 1.7 mg iron
  • 2,820 mg ß-carotene
  • 0.07 mg thiamine
  • 0.14 mg riboflavin
  • 1.1 mg niacin
  • 53 mg ascorbic acid or vitamin C.

The antioxidant activity of malunggay is about 71%, with µ-tocopherol (vitamin E) equivalent of 45.
Malunggay leaves are an excellent source of vitamin A and B, and minerals such as calcium and iron. It is even an excellent source of protein, being higher than the amino acid pattern of Food and Agriculture Organization-reference protein, yet contains very low fat and carbohydrates. The leaves are incomparable as a source of the sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and cystine, often the natural minerals humans lack.
Due to its high vitamins A, C, and E, which are very potent antioxidants, malunggay is a very good quencher of unstable free radicals that can react with and damage molecules that cause aging. Antioxidants reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They also prevent the onset of various chronic diseases like arthritis, cancer, and heart and kidney diseases.
Malunggay contains the phytochemical niaziminin, which is found to have molecular components that can prevent the development of cancer cells (Faizi et al., 1992) and correlated with inhibitory ability against superoxide generation. The first naturally-occuring thiocarbamates, novel hypotensive agents niazinin A, niazinin B, niazimicin and niaziminin A and B were isolated from malunggay.
Malunggay(Moringa) is called miracle vegetable because it is not just a food, it is also a medicine. It may therefore be a functional food. Malunggay promotes:
  • good eyesight
  • digestion
  • facilitates bowel movement
  • cure for stomach ache.
It is also used to cleanse wounds and ulcers. It helps alleviate scurvy, asthma, earache, and headaches. For its high calcium content, lactating mothers are advised to eat malunggay leaves to produce more milk.
Malunggay (Moringa) is usually cooked with chicken as tinola, or with fish and other vegetables, mongo soup dishes, and blanched as salads.
For daily herbal medicinal use, just prepare malunggay tea which is about 1 cup leaves boiled in 1 and 1/2 glass of water. Drink this daily. You can improve the taste by adding lemon grass (tanglad) or pandan leaves. A single preparation can be stored up to 2 days in a thermos bottle, however, a fresh preparation is always recommended.

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Marly said...

Oh I love Malunggay. It is my favorite green leaves.
By the way, is it ok to add your link in my page? HOpe you'll add mine too.
Thank you much.

estie estreller said...

Hi Marly,

Have you tried the leaf powder or capsules? Do you know that the dried leaves are more nutritious than the fresh ones except in Vit. C?
Please visit our website at www.EnjoyMoringa.com and let the others know too.
Thanks and God bless.


Anonymous said...

why the calcium content of the malungay much higher the content of the limestone

Anonymous said...

it is a matter of available calcium. moringa has more available soluble calcium than limestone and a great many other rocks.

Anonymous said...

Is malunggay nutritional supplement is good for hair loss?


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