THE MORINGA PLANT (Part 1)

There is a renewed interest in the Moringa plant.

Moringa oleifera one of the most widely cultivated trees in the world.  it has many names such as –

– Drumstick tree

–  Horseradish tree

– Benoil tree OR

– Benzoil tree.

It is a large tree native to North India, Pakistan and Nepal. But it grows very well in the tropics and sub-tropics.

It is in view of this renewed interest I devoted time to read more about this wonderful tree.

According to what I found out, the tree has many health benefits. It is believed to treat many health conditions such as  1.Dementia     2. Anemia     3. Arthritis    4. Liver disease    5. Respiratory disease    6. Digestive upsets.

This is the Moringa tree (courtesy survivalgardener.com)

These health benefits are supported by scientific research.  It is very nutritious, rich in antioxidants and may protect against Arsenic toxicity. The plant compounds found in the leaf  contain a  lot of Vitamin C and Quercetin which helps to reduce blood pressure.

NATURE OF THE TREE

The Moringa tree is known to be very resilient. this is in view of the fact that it can survive in various climatic conditions and soils that do not contain the right ratio or combination of nutrients that would promote optimum growth. In spite of conditions that are not too favorable, it is a fast growing tree.

The Moringa tree can grow at the rate of 3 – 5 meters/annum if it is left untrimmed. However if the soil is properly nourished with some kind of fertilizer or nutrients, it is one of the fastest growing bio-masses on earth.

Research had revealed that the Moringa tree contains the following minerals :

  1. Calcium
  2. Iron
  3. Potassium
  4. Copper.
  5. Magnesium
  6. Zinc.  Others include
  7. Essential amino acids
  8. Phytochemicals
  9. Vegetable proteins
  10. anti-oxidants
  11. anti-inflammatory agents and
  12. Carbohydrates.

(end Part 1)

Author Bio

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Mrs. Yemisi Akibu ( nee Awokoya) is the Chief Executive Officer of Belvyna Global, an agricultural consultancy service firm based in Lagos, Nigeria She is a former Team Member of the Agricultural Department of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc, one of Nigeria's first generation banks. She holds a B.Sc degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Masters degree in National Development and Project Planning from the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom. She is passionate about the role agriculture plays in the social, economic, political development of a nation. She holds the view that one of the pillars of stability of a nation food security and this can only be achieved through the holistic development of the agricultural sector. She can be contacted via: yemisiakibu@gmail.com or info@belvynaglobal.com Remember, The Farmer Is King Enjoy my blog

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