Malunggay | Moringa oleifera
The history of malunggay, better known as moringa, begins in the lush areas of North India, the Philippines, and the deserts of Pakistan, where the indigenous people of the area used the herb for food, medicine, and even as a detoxifying agent. Due to the fact that moringa is naturally rich in vitamins A, B, and C, as well as iron and potassium, it can be an incredible source of essential nutrients for the body.
Why You Might Find it Helpful: Malunggay has been recognized as a galactagogue to help support lactation. Double-blinded studies have found that moringa helps support breast milk production in postpartum mothers, including mothers of preterm babies. Evidence from five small RCTs (randomized controlled trials) concluded that Moringa produces an “increase in breast milk volume compared to placebo.”
Motherlove uses moringa leaves as a primary ingredient in both our Malunggay Capsules, as well as More Milk Moringa.
To learn more about moringa for lactation support, visit our in-depth blog, here.
What It Looks Like: Moringa is a deciduous tree, which means that it sheds its leaves annually. What distinguishes this tree from others is its white-grey bark and purple or green-colored shoots. Moringa has fragrant pale yellow flowers and low hanging brown pods. Harvests will typically include cultivation of moringa’s leaves, fruit, flowers, and immature pods, as all are highly nutritious and contain many vitamins and minerals.