The lowly Malunggay
takes center stage
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– Very soon, gone are the days when the lowly malunggay is
not appreciated by many Filipinos who consider it as only a poor man’s
food and is remembered only as an important ingredient for soup to be
given to mothers who has just given birth to their baby.
it is called in the Philippines, “Sajina” in the Indian Subcontinent,
and “Moringa” in English, is now being eyed by the Department of
Agriculture to take the center stage in the reduction of malnutrition
and poverty in the country, and more so, it is now being eyed as a
potential export product as a natural ingredient for cosmetics and
Many Asians use the
leaves of malunggay like spinach and also the fruit it produces
as a vegetable, like asparagus. Both the leaves and the fruits are
very nutritious, which contain many vitamins like Vitamin C and other
minerals. For centuries, people in India, Philippines, Malaysia, and
Thailand have been eating these leaves as a part of their food.
Now, those who laugh
when Grandma forces breastfeeding Mama to drink soup with malunggay
leaves or when Mama insists on the children to eat malunggay,
will have second thoughts.
Malunggay is a
wonderful herb known all over the world, but only recently in the U.S.
It may provide the boost in energy, nutrition and health.
What a remarkable
discovery that can make a tremendous difference in the Filipino
people’s health and quality of life. Mounting scientific evidence
shows what has been known for thousands of years by people in the
tropical parts of the world: Malunggay is nature’s medicine
best known as an excellent source of nutrition and a natural energy
booster. Loaded with nutrients, vitamins and amino acids, it
replenishes the body and provides what one needs to get through a
hectic weekday or active weekend. No wonder Grandma insists on
breastfeeding Mama to take malunggay.
loaded with nutrients. Each ounce of Moringa contains seven times the
Vitamin C found in oranges, four times the Vitamin A of carrots, three
times the iron of spinach, four times as much calcium from milk and
three times the potassium of bananas.
What a cheap way of
solving malnutrition in the country! Sometimes, people think that
solutions to their problems are expensive and hard to find. But more
often than not, real solutions to basic problems are abundant, cheap
and even free. Health problems are especially solved with natural
inexpensive gifts from nature.
Gone are the days when
one finds himself slowing down as the candles multiply on top of his
birthday cake, because malunggay gives back some of the energy
lost. In fact, Moringa is also relaxing...it helps to reduce blood
pressure and assure a good night’s sleep.
laboratories around the world have studied Moringa's ability to purify
water...attaching itself to harmful material and bacteria, and
allowing them to be expelled as waste.
Other health benefits
identified by people who use Moringa continue this same pattern:
immune system strengthened, skin condition restored, blood pressure
controlled, headaches and migraines handled, diabetes sugar level
managed, inflammations and arthritis pains reduced, tumors restricted
and ulcers healed.
speaking, Moringa sounds like magic. It can rebuild weak bones, enrich
anemic blood and enable a malnourished mother to nurse her starving
A dash of Moringa can
make dirty water drinkable. Doctors use it to treat diabetes in West
Africa and high blood pressure in India. Not only can it staunch a
skin infection, but Moringa also makes an excellent fuel and
Mark Fritz of the Los
Angeles Times wrote, malunggay has triple the iron of spinach
and more impressive attributes than olive oil. Both Moringa and the
common carrot are diamonds in the roughage department, but Moringa has
quadruple the beta carotene, which is good for the eyes and effective
against cancer. Fritz also reports on the positive results of using
Moringa as a substitute for expensive whole milk powder in nutrition
malunggay is a wonderful blessing for Filipinos because it is
easily available everywhere in the country. This is a positive
development in the government’s campaign to reduce malnutrition and
increase the income of farmers who would cultivate the hardy tree and
supply local and foreign corporations with natural ingredients for
cosmetics and pharmaceutical applications.
Malunggay Nutritional Fact
(gram-for-gram comparison of nutritional information)