June 18, 2008

The Wonder of Malunggay

One may take it for granted but Malunggay (also known as Moringa) is blessed with countless nutritional elements and values, which can be found in any part of its physical structure - - be it the leaves, the trunk, flowers, seeds and roots. They belong to the horseradish family, which originated from India. It has more than 80 kinds of name from all over the world.

When I was young, I was forced to eat those small green leaves floating in the vegetable soup. I had no choice back then but to abide and to which, I came to like it. My father also was an avid eater of malunggay that sometimes would stick on one of his tooth. We had a number of trees being planted way back then, and I remembered our neighbors asking for some, every now and then.

Various illnesses can be treated using the malunggay. Its roots can be used as a treatment for fever and asthma. Its leaves could also be used by people suffering with liver problems. Tender malunggay leaves also reduce phlegm and are administered internally for scurvy and catarrhal conditions while the flowers are used to heal inflammation of the tendons and abscesses. Unripe pods can prevent intestinal worms, while the fruit also can prevent eye disorder.

A study has been obtained from Japan Food Analysis Center Foundation and detailed down the wonders of the plant:

1) 13 times the Vitamin A of Spinach.
2) 50 times the vitamin B-2 in sardine
3) 20 times the Vitamin E in rapeseed oil.
4) 63 times the kalium in milk.
5) 31 times the iron in spinach.
6) 2 times the Amino-acid in black vinegar.
7) 4 times the Vitamin B in pork meat
8) 50 times the Vitamin B-3 in peanut
9) 30 times the GAba in germination brown rice
10) 20 times the calcium in milk.
11) 36 times the Magnesium in egg.

Malunggay also can prevent global warming because it has a rate of absorption/ assimilation of carbon dioxide that is 20 times higher than that of the general vegetation.

There are many uses of malunggay, not just as an additional ingredient for soups. And so, for a healthier you, malunggay is in the rescue.

4 fancies:

worldpeace June 19, 2008 at 3:17 PM  

I like this post, it's about Malunggay, is it only in philipines? Is it the only name? Do you have the english name, perhaps. I interested after reading the Malunggay nutricious.

neiyomee June 19, 2008 at 3:26 PM  

malunggay can be found anywhere, i guess. its generic name is moringa.

Anonymous September 9, 2008 at 7:32 PM  

can i ask where you get the facts you presented in ur blog. like you cite who studied it but what exact site you get it??? can i have a link on that site?? tnx

James Joyce September 23, 2009 at 9:23 AM  

Do you have a copy of the study?

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