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malunggayIn the Philippines, they call Moringa Oleifera as “Malunggay, “which is a popular nutritious plant used to treat various health diseases. In America, they call it “Ben Oil Tree or Horse Radish Tree,” in India they call it “Sajina” and in China, they call it “La Mu.” Because of the nutritional and medicinal values in presents, many scientific researches proved that this amazing plant is one of the most powerful home remedies we have in the world today.

Based on the conducted scientific research, this nutritious plant contains more vitamin C, protein, potassium, vitamin A, zinc, antioxidant properties, calcium, iron, amino acids and other essential nutrients than all of it counterparts. Likewise, they consider Malunggay as a “Miracle Tree” in fighting different types of illnesses and in strengthening the immune system effectively.

Termed as the “vegetable for poor” by some Filipinos, it is now gaining popularity because some researches proved the usefulness of the leaves, fruits, flowers, pods, bark and roots in producing healthful supplements and herbal medicines. This is besides using the leaves and fruits as remarkable ingredients in preparing various delectable chicken and fish dishes. When talking about the potential health benefits of Malunggay, these are many and convincing because they can help the body remain stronger.

Here are some of the most usual benefits of this popular “Miracle Tree”:

  • Helps boost the immune system and strengthen the bones
  • Can help prevent hypertension and normalizes the levels of blood sugar
  • Improves the functionality of the kidneys and liver
  • Boost the circulatory system of the body and improves metabolism
  • Can help promote good condition when sleeping at night
  • Can reduce the inflammation due to arthritis
  • Can help in treating ulcer or indigestion problem
  • An effective home remedy to cure dizziness or headaches
  • Provides the exact nourishment for the brain
  • Improve poor eyesight and skin discoloration
  • Can fight bacteria and other intestinal parasites
  • Can defeat potential cancerous cells and prevent the formation of tumor
  • Improves the overall wellness of the body and detoxify the free radicals
  • Can help prevent aging and eliminates the wrinkles

The young leaves of this super tree are edible, nutritious and used for cooking or eaten raw. Nowadays, many companies had been using the leaves to produce herbal tea, powdered juice, veggie noodles and food supplement products. Of course, these authentic Malunggay herbal products serve as proven alternative medications for many health conscious people because they do not trigger negative effects, safer to use and are pure organic. Of all these offered products on the market, the most favorite choice is the natural herbal tea.

For those who have no money to spend buying for the available herbal teas, there are available and simple recipes when producing quality homemade Moringa tea. To help us learn one of the easiest recipes, we can refer to the detailed information below:

  • Malunggay with Lemon Grass (Tanglad) Tea 

Ingredients needed:

Malunggay leaves (1 cup fresh without the stems)

Water (2 medium cups)

Lemon grass (2-3 pieces of leaves with stalks)

Pure Honey Bee (1 tablespoon can be optional)


Boil the water for 5 minutes then include the leaves and lemon grass (washed properly). Cover the saucepan in malunggay-4medium fire and let boil for 15 minutes. After the boiling period, strain the mixture on your cup and put the honey then mix well before drinking. Usually, you can have two servings on this procedure so you can drink the remaining tea anytime you want and adding the pure honey is optional.

This very simple and delicious tea is very helpful because it can help treat fever, swollen joints, stomachache and can prevent diabetes too. Of course, it is an inexpensive home remedy because it does not require huge amount of spending. The procedure is easy to follow and no need to seek for a health expert advice.

When we talk about some of the health conditions that this “Miracle Tree” can cure, these include intestinal bacteria, malnutrition, rheumatoid arthritis and development of tumor. According to the studies of the Department Of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Philippines, the inflammatory and essential properties coming from the Malunggay leaves have the capacity to treat such problems naturally and help the body regain its normal strength. The studies likewise revealed that these properties could benefit many elders, aside from benefiting many teenagers and kids.

Here are some of the best explanations when treating the aforementioned conditions: 

Treating Intestinal Bacteria 

A conducted scientific research in India proved that because the leaves contain anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial elements, it quickly kills the bacteria that are causing the intestinal infections. By drinking the juice from the extracted leaves, it cleanses the body and flushes out the bacteria that caused the problem. On this kind of health advantage, it helps the body to recuperate faster without the discomfort.

Treating Malnutrition Problem

When talking about an effective home remedy to fight malnutrition, the fruits and leaves of this powerful tree can help defeat this kind of health condition because these are rich in vitamin, A, B, C, D, and E, iron, essential protein, calcium and phosphorus. This known healthiest plant enables the body to absorb the right nourishment in defeating malnutrition, especially for babies and kids. By eating healthy foods or drinking juices made from this amazing tree, it helps the body maintain its usual energy; thus, keeping the muscles and bones stronger.


Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis

Again, the presence of the different essential properties, vitamins and minerals in the leaves can help greatly in treating the pain due to rheumatoid arthritis. When treating the problem, it is important for the affected person to drink the fresh juice made from the extracted leaves. Although the taste is not that satisfying, this person needs to focus on the exact health benefit to cure the pain and regain the mobility of the joints (the usual affected body parts). By including this healthful juice on the daily diet, it is easier to defeat the pain due to this type of arthritis in natural way.

Treating the Development of Tumor

Many health experts and medical researchers now are continuously revealing proven health benefits when drinking pure Malunggay juice. Because it contains a powerful substance known as the Benzyl Isothiocyanate, this healthful beverage function as an effective anti-cancer agent to prevent the development of tumor. Drinking this pure juice extract does not only benefit those who are already suffering from cancer because even people newly diagnosed with this disease can start drinking regularly. When they drink the juice daily, this helps improve their immune system and strengthen their body cells to fight the cancer (usually prostate or skin cancer).

Remember that over the past hundred years, people around the world are using Moringa Oleifera as part of their dishes, medicinal needs and other important purposes. Because of containing all the vital nutrients, it serves as the best nutritious plants in many third world or needy countries. Likewise, they discovered new important uses like in the Philippines, the government considered this useful tree as one of the best Bio-fuel resources that can benefit many Filipinos in the coming years.

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