Moringa, The Easy To Grow Medicinal Superfood

This tree is possibly the most nutrient-rich plant-based food in the world. Coveted by survivalists and medicinal herbalists, this tree is a prolific food factory and medicine cabinet in one. Numerous evidence-based research studies indicate remarkable medicinal and nutritional benefits. If you could only choose one plant to grow for medicinal use or a food scarcity situation it would be the Moringa tree.

The synergistic effect of all these bioavailable nutrients is incredibly powerful. As fresh produce becomes harder to find, demand for Moringa is exploding.

If you had nothing else to eat, a person could undoubtably sustain life in this nutrient rich plant alone. It contains all 9 essential amino acids and is remarkably 27% plant protein. Every part of the Moringa tree is edible, the leaves, stems, roots, and seeds. Each having a different benefit.

This hardy, fast-growing tree is drought resistant and will reach 5 to 6’ the first year. Frequent pruning accelerates vigorous growth. Although cultivation originates in tropical regions it can be grown in cold climates since it grows well in containers and can be brought indoors during winter. This allows you to continue to harvest the leaves year-round and maintain any manageable height.

Also called “The Miracle Tree” or “The Tree Of Life”

The leaves regrow at an astonishing rate and can be frequently trimmed, eaten fresh or dried to make a powder or tea. Moringa is sold as a bright green powder at health food stores that you can add to smoothies or juice.

The oil in the seeds are used for cooking, veterinary and beauty products. The seed cake remaining after oil extraction is used as a fertilizer and also to purify water and to remove salt from seawater. Cuttings can be propagated to produce more trees or the large seeds can be planted.

So, can this plant really stand up to these incredible claims?

 Moringa oleifera: A review of nutritive importance and its medicinal application. ‎Cited by 337 – ‎Related articles

There is plenty of [133 research studies] to back up the benefits as stated above. Moringa may possess anti-fertility qualities and is therefore not recommended for pregnant women, however, breastfeeding mothers frequently use Moringa because one of the most amazing benefits is that it has been scientifically proven to increase breast milk supply [3]

Dried Moringa leaves used for smoothie powder

There have been very few side effects reported, however, anyone considering using Moringa is advised to discuss it with a doctor first. This information is not claiming to cure or prevent any disease or illness.

Moringa tree in eco-friendly grow bag

If you’d like to have your very own Moringa tree but worry that you don’t have a green thumb, fear not. The Moringa tree is a very hardy plant that anyone can grow easily, even in poor soil. It’s drought tolerant and doesn’t like its roots to sit in water. It’s insect resistant so no nasty pesticides needed. Although it’s going to die back in harsh winter weather, it will regrow again late spring and bloom beautiful, large white flowers that your neighbors will envy.

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