Health Benefits of Malunggay

Malunggay Leaves

Mama Emz Food Products has a Malunggay Chips product that has very healthy ingredients and benefits. This ingredient is the Malunggay or also known as Moringa Oleifera, the drumstick tree, or the horseradish tree. It is a fast-growing, deciduous tree that can reach a height of 10–12 m (32–40 ft) and a trunk diameter of 45 cm (1.5 ft). 

Malunggay tree is a drought-tolerant, fast-growing, multi-purpose and one of the most useful tree due to its medicinal and nutritional properties in the world and therefore described as a ‘Miracle Tree’

In distribution, it is planted throughout the Philippines in settled areas at low and medium altitudes and introduced from Malaya or some other part of tropical Asia in prehistoric times. It is a common backyard vegetable and a border plant and now pantropic. 

Nutritional Uses

  1. Flowers, young leaves and young pods are eaten as a vegetable in the Philippines, Malaya, and India.
  2.  Seeds can be removed from pods and boiled like peas, fried or eaten like peanuts.
  3.  Leaves can be used as fresh leaves or dried powder.
  4. Flowers can be cooked or fried, or added to relishes.
  5. Roots are used as seasoning because of their horseradish flavor.
  6. Young leaves are a rich source of calcium, iron, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B, and C.
  7.  High in HDL (high-density lipoproteins); a source of amino acids, omega oils, antioxidants.
  8. Young fruit yields a high amount of protein and phosphorus, a fair source of calcium and iron.
  9. Leaves and pods help increase breast milk in the breastfeeding months. 

According to research and studies of STUARTXCHANGE.ORG, Malunggay can cure a different kind of illness and has a lot of health benefits and these are the following. 

  • Anti-Inflammatory / Anti-tumor
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Antiasthma 
  • Antibiotic
  • Hormonal properties / Abortifacient
  • Antiurolithiatic
  • Antimicrobial / Water Purifying
  • Antipyretic / Wound Healing
  • Analgesic
  • Hepatoprotective / Antioxidant
  •  Anti-Ulcer
  • Anthelmintic
  • Comparison with Atenolol
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Antioxidant / Hypolipidemic / Anti-Atherosclerotic
  • Chemomodulatory / Chemopreventive
  • Anti-Diabetic 
  • Hepatoprotective / Antioxidant
  • Anti-Ulcer
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Antioxidant / Hypolipidemic / Anti-Atherosclerotic
  •  Chemomodulatory / Chemopreventive
  • Antioxidant Activity / Phenolic Content / Young and Mature Leaves
  • Chemopreventive Potential / Colitis-Related Carcinogenesis
  • Antidiarrheal / Roots
  • Augmentation of Breast Milk Volume
  • Augmentation of Breast Milk Volume
  • Drinking-Water Purification
  • Arsenic Removal Using Activated Malunggay
  • Enhancement of the Cytotoxic Effect of Cisplatin
  • Leaf Powder as Handwashing Product
  • Gastroprotective / Antioxidant / Induced Ulcers
  •  Moringinine / Cardioprotective / Blood Pressure Lowering Effect / Hypocholesterolemic
  • Adsorption / Municipal Solid Waste Leachate
  • Chelation of Heavy Metals
  • Stem Bark in Urinary Tract Infection
  • As Biolubricant Blend with SAE40

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Malunggay is an excellent source of nutrition and a natural energy booster that can save lives, increase incomes, generate millions of jobs, utilize vast tracts of idle agricultural lands, make the Philippines globally competitive, impact the local and international market, and help attain socio-economic equity.


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