The first time I heard of moringa tree was almost a year ago as I surfed the internet. At first I brushed it aside considering the website it was on was clearly a foreign one. This remained the case until recently when I saw a feature about a business woman in Nairobi selling Moringa supplements and this caught my attention. The health benefits that she said could come from Moringa plants were amazing and this prompted me to do abit of digging and this is what I found out.
The moringa tree is a fast growing tree that has for centuries been used as a nutritive herb in many parts of the world especially south asia. India, Pakistan, Shri lanka, Bangladsh etc. The people who use it also use it for medicinal purposes and this has been scientifically proven to be effective. The different parts of the tree eg leaves, stem roots etc are used for many different uses. In india the leaves are used as food by mixing with coconut, poppy seeds, mustard or boiling. They are also used in making salads and vegetable curries. I is also a source of wood for the paper and textile industry.
Nutritional value is the trees most amazing feature. My research found that the tree leaves had:
This is like all the multivitamin supplements combined. Now, in the recent past there has been spread of “exaggerated” benefits of certain products as a marketing strategy. So with this in mind, I sought to find out just how true these claims were. There are thousands of documents published by credible scientists to surport the claims. One scientist was even quoted saying that science has more than proved the usefulness of the Moringa tree.
The moringa tree can grow in the toughest of areas and as I read this, Machakos and other dry parts of Kenya came into mind. I must admit that the plant uses impressed me and the fact that it has been tried and tested was a bonus. Countries such as india have exploited the moringa tree economically and earned well from it. This leaves me thinking of how the tree would do in Kenya(if it hasn’t already been done). For more reading look up
With all these uses, I now see why it has famously gained the name the Magic tree.
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