Malunggay, the “Miracle” Tree
February 15, 2016
One of Motherlove’s newest supplements for supporting breast milk supply is Malunggay – also known as Moringa (moringa oleifera), or nature’s “miracle tree.” It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India, and widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas all over the world where its young seed pods and leaves are used as vegetables. Malunggay is a deciduous tree with whitish-grey bark and purplish or greenish shoots. It has fragrant pale yellow flowers and low hanging brown pods.
Malunggay/moringa is packed with 90+ vitamins, minerals, vital proteins and amino acids, antioxidants, and omega oils; and is often used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers. The pods of the moringa tree resemble green beans and are often cooked whole. Sometimes the pea-like seeds are removed from the pods and roasted. The leaves are consumed dried or like a salad leaf.
The “miracle tree” is one of nature’s most versatile and beneficial plants – delivering anti-inflammatory support, promoting healthy digestion, increasing energy, and helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and circulation. It has also been used to reduce swelling and as an antibacterial agent.* Breastfeeding women have used it for generations to support breastmilk supply.
Gram for gram, fresh moringa leaves contain**:
- 4x the calcium of milk
- 3x the potassium of bananas
- 2x the protein of yogurt
- 4x the Vitamin A of carrots
- 7x the Vitamin C of oranges
And malunggay/moringa is not just for breakfast anymore! Trees are grown as windbreaks and help reduce soil erosion. Oil from moringa seeds is used in the manufacturing of hair products and perfume. The pulp left after the oil is removed is used to purify water, remove saline from salt water, fertilize plants, and even as a “soap” for hand washing. It is truly one of nature’s miracles!
* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.