News » Tree of Life, Fights Malnutrition

(hms/Dec 06, 2011)

Moringa oleifera, type of tree that can easily grown, from cuttings or seeds, and are often used as a hedge plant is proved to be a hidden source of natural nutrients in a tropical country. Its leaves, flowers, fruits and seeds are a source of multivitamins, minerals, protein, and oil.

The leaves are rich in nutrients, a source of beta carotene, protein, vitamin B1, B2, and C, iron and potassium. Its leaves and fruits can be cooked soup, sour vegetables, or as fresh vegetables. To preserve, fresh moringa leaves can be dried and grounded into powder.

Leaves and seeds that looked like peanuts helps increase milk production. One tablespoon of moringa leaf powder contains 14% protein, 40% calcium, 23% iron and vitamin A that are important for Toddler. Six tablespoons of moringa leaf powder can meet the daily requirement of calcium and iron for pregnant and lactating women. The seeds yield 38-40% of behen oil (edible oil) containing behenic acid in the oil.

Moringa leaves contain alkaloids moringin, moringinan, and pterigospermin. Gum contains arabinose, galaktan acid, gluconate, and ramnosa. The seeds contain palmitic acid, strearat, linoleic, olleat, and lignoserat. Those can be use as traditional treatment: lowering high blood pressure, diarrhea, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, ulcers, epilepsy, jaundice (Lever), rheumatism / arthritis / pain, short-sighted, eye pain, difficult urination, allergies, worms, herpes and ulcers. Fresh leaves are crushed, then massaged into the body is weak, can reduce pain because it is an analgesic.