Malunggay or “moringa” has been hailed as a “miracle tree” because it has lots of good benefits that are often overlooked or underestimated by people. Malunggay is present in lots of Filipino dishes such as tinola, binakol, and chicken or beef-based soups.
Read and Digest reported one of the most relevant and healthy benefits of the miracle plant. According to them, the reason why it’s called a “miracle tree” is because its leaves contain fats, proteins, carotenoids, vitamin C, iron, potassium, and other essential nutrients.
The source noted: “The flowers, roots, leaves, and bark of the tree have been used as nutritional supplements and are also used in the manufacture of cosmetics, perfumes, and skin oils.”
They also reported that hidden in the leaves of the malunggay tree are chemical compounds that are alleged to possess biochemical effects that could greatly benefit our health. These compounds can fight off atherosclerosis and heart disease, potentially boost the immune system, and greatly help the body with its antiviral, antibacterial, antioxidant, and “tumor-suppressive effects.”
Here is a rundown of the most relevant health benefits of the malunggay plant:
1. Its leaves are high in fiber.
Fiber is known to help with digestion and acts as a “cleanser” so that any excess waste is washed away from your intestines. If you want to clean your digestive system, make malunggay a regular part of your diet.
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2. It has a powerful antibiotic effect.
The antibiotic found in malunggay is considered “highly efficient” because it eliminates the bacteria known to cause gastritis, ulcers and gastric cancer.
3. Its seed can purify water.
Malunggay seeds can potentially filter bacteria from water. However, the source neglected to explain exactly how it does so.
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4. Its leaves are full of vitamins and minerals, including essential amino acids.
The source alleged: “In 100 grams of dry moringa leaves there is: 9 times more protein than in yogurt, 10 times more vitamin A than in carrots, 15 times more potassium than in bananas, 17 times more calcium than in milk, 12 times more vitamin C than in oranges, and 25 times more iron than in spinach.”
5. It contains a certain compound that can potentially ward off tumors and cancer.
Malunggay leaves reportedly contain a compound known as niaziminin. According to Pub Med, niaziminin contains a “strict structural requirement for inhibition of tumor-promoter-induced Epstein-Barr virus activation.” This means that it could possibly prevent tumors from growing or spreading in the body.
Amazing! What do you think about these benefits? Do you think you should incorporate malunggay into your diet now? Let us know what you think of this in the comments section below!
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