Moringa – A Health and Wellness option

Moringa Oleifera, native to India, grows in Africa and in other tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It is also known as the drum tree, the ben oil tree or the horseradish tree.  Moringa can withstand both severe drought and mild frost conditions and is widely cultivated across the world.  It has very high nutritive values and every part of the tree is suitable for either nutritional or commercial purposes. The leaves are rich in minerals, vitamins and other essential phytochemicals.

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Its leaves, seeds, bark, roots, sap, and flowers are widely used in traditional medicine. The leaves and immature seed pods are used as food products in human nutrition. Extracts from the leaves are used to treat malnutrition, augment breast milk in lactating mothers. It is used as potential antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and antimicrobial agent. The seed is a natural coagulant is extensively used in water treatment. According to scientists, it is the most nutrient dense plant ever discovered. See chart below for more benefits.

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