Moringa Oleifera is a highly nutritious plant which has various valuable applications. In many tropical developing countries, Moringa is widely used as a nutritional supplement; it is a remarkable source of protein, vitamins, beta carotene, amino acids and various phenolics and its nutrients have demonstrated superior bio-availability to synthetic alternatives. Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers; various NGOs have advocated Moringa as a natural nutritional supplement.
In addition to its high nutritional value, Moringa has impressive water purifying powers and notable potential for medicinal use. In vitro and animal studies indicate that the leaf, seed, and root extracts of Moringa have anti-cancer, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-sickling properties. Moringa may also protect against Alzheimer's disease, stomach ulcers, lower cholesterol levels, and promote wound healing. Its lactogenic properties are widely acknowledged by nursing mothers in Africa, India and the Philippines, and its efficacy as an immune stimulant for HIV positive people is currently the subject of a clinical trial at the Medical Faculty, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. While formal medical trials into Moringa’s pharmaceutical benefits for humans are still underway, the plant has a long history of use and efficacy in the treatment of numerous ailments in indigenous systems of medicine.
"One of the most nutritious plants ever discovered".
In the developed world, interest in Moringa is growing; reports about Moringa’s potential as a fashionable 'superfood' supplement are stimulating interest and buzz, with various mainstream and online media outlets, from Discovery Channel to Cosmopolitan magazine, heralding Moringa as one of the most nutritious plants ever discovered. Demand for Moringa leaf powder supplements is increasing as awareness rises. Meanwhile, Moringa oil’s moisturising, nourishing and emollient properties, alongside its ‘natural’, ‘green’ and ‘sustainability’ credentials, have caught the attention of cosmetic and personal care companies; L’Oreal, Clarins and The Body Shop are but a few of the cosmetic power-houses now boasting Moringa oil products or ranges.
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