A truly amazing natural phenomenon exists, known as the moringa oleifa (aka drumstick, or horseradish) tree. Oh, certainly, we have all been inundated by outrageous claims issued by late-night infomercials about every plant grown since the infamous tree in the Garden of Eden. Ironically, that tree of life–the one whose fruit Adam and Eve were forbidden by God to eat–brought death. The moringa tree, on the other hand, carries only health in abundance.
The tree has earned its nickname by virtue of what it is capable of doing for those in dire need of nutrition, primarily in locations in the Third World where eating regularly is a rare luxury. Within each leaf is a whole storehouse of power, with more protein, Vitamins A and C, iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium, than just about any other plant available. For centuries moringa has been a lifesaver in India and Northern Africa not only for its vast amount of dietary value but also due to its uncanny ability to survive and even flourish in drought and other inhospitable growth conditions, where any other crop would wither as seedlings. Moringa, on the contrary, brings with its hardiness the same qualities to anyone partaking of its pods, leaves, petals or seeds–a tenacity going beyond description, that clings to life fiercely and won’t give up. Could it be, given such energy, some truth may be found in the concept that plants have within them some sentience going beyond merely responsiveness to light and water? If moringa is an example of that life force in the botanical world, then the maxim “you are what you eat” really needs a closer look.
Going back to moringa’s value for starving nations, more exists in this tree than meets the eye. Where safe drinking water is a scarcity in so many regions because of drought, poor sanitation practices, flooding followed by cholera, and pollution by industrial and sewage waste, the seeds of this miraculous tree act as a water purifier. Their ability to coagulate filters particulates out of water. Since sewage treatment is not readily available in a lot of nations experiencing unspeakable poverty, moringa can indirectly save countless lives by this means as well.
For us here in developed regions, moriniga is a great resource for those whose immunity is compromised by any number of causes, such as HIV, environmental illness, cancer treatment or diabetes. It also has the ablility to help regulate the appetite and blood glucose, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation throughout the body, which can also be responsible for a variety of ailments including asthma, arthritis, heart disease and more. Considering the generally poor diet here in Western society, any substance found to contain so many nutrients should be welcomed with open arms. Add to that all the curative qualities of moringa, and you’d think the world would be eager to propagate the trees on every avalable plot of land.
To learn more about this outstanding tree, go to: http://forest.mtu.edu/pcforestry/resources/studentprojects/moringa.htm
Want to try moringa for yourself? If you’re in LA, stop by here for powder, capsules or oil:
Erewhon Health Food Store–7660 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323)937-0777