7 Fast Facts About Moringa

Facts_about_Moringa Everyone knows moringa or malunggay as the green leaves in your soup, but did you know that there’s so much more to moringa than how it’s used for cooking?

Here are some quick facts about this plant powerhouse:

1.    Moringa leaves are packed with nutrients.

You’d be surprised to know that these tiny leaves actually contain more nutrients than other popular food sources. Moringa has 7 times the vitamin C of oranges, 4 times the vitamin A of carrots, 4 times the calcium of milk, 3 times the potassium of bananas, and twice the protein of yogurt.

2.    Moringa exists in different languages around the world.

The word moringa comes from the Malayalam word murinna, or the Tamil word murungai. Here in the Philippines we know it as malunggay, which also differs across local dialects like Bicolano (kalungai) or Bisaya (alungai). Moringa is also known as maroenga in Indonesia, Kachang Kelur or Lemunggai in Malaysia, and Ma rum in Thailand.  In countries outside of Asia, moringa is also called a drumstick tree or horseradish tree.

3.    Moringa is a multipurpose plant.

The leaves of the moringa plant are the most commonly used, but its other parts– the leaves, pods, fruits, flowers, roots and bark— are also utilized. The immature seed pods or drumsticks, when boiled, are edible and are excellent sources of vitamin c, dietary fiber, and potassium. The seeds can also be removed and be eaten like peas or nuts.

4.    Moringa is used to combat malnutrition.

Because of moringa’s nutritional properties, it is used to combat malnutrition among infants and nursing mothers. The moringa tree is a great source of food in tropical areas where it is abundant because it is in full leaf at the end of dry seasons, just when other food sources are limited.

5.    Moringa has plenty of medicinal uses.

When taken as a tea, moringa is a great remedy for diarrhea and gastric ulcers. Moringa leaves are highly recommended for those with anemia because of its high iron content. Plus, you don’t have to consume moringa to reap its benefits. Moringa leaves when rubbed against the temple can relieve headaches.

6.    Moringa is great for the skin.

Moringa oil in particular is famous for its anti-aging properties. It helps fight wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of skin aging. It also helps fight skin fatigue and the bad effects of pollution on the skin. It’s sort of a skin purifier, helping skin glow naturally. Moringa oil is also known for helping remove acne, blackheads, and dark spots.

7.    Moringa boosts hair health.

If you have dry hair and/or scalp, you can definitely benefit from moringa oil. If you have moringa oil, just wet your hair first then massage the oil onto your scalp to moisturize it. It also helps strengthen your hair, as moringa has essential vitamins and minerals that boost hair health and growth.

Try these hair and skin benefits for yourself! Moringa-O² hair and skin care harnesses the nourishing effects of Moringa and combines it with Olive Oil and Omega (from Sunflower Oil).

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