|Posted by home.tibiao on September 19, 2011 at 3:20 AM|
Malunggay or locally known as balunggay is a vegetable tree commonly available in every home all through out the municipality of Tibiao and the whole Philippines as well. It usually grows wildly in hot tropical climate and very abundant all year round.
Scientifically called moringa oleifera, Sajina in Indian subcontinent, moringa in English and malunggay here in the Philippines is a wonderful tree known all over the world and is referred by many scientists as "meracle tree" due to various medicinal properties it possess and the WHO (World Health Organization) has promoted this plant as a low-cost health enhancer for poor countries around the globe for over 20 years. Yet, despite its remarkable medicinal value it is still relatively known.
True, Tibiaoanons widely known this plant as an excellent veggy knowing that it is very common in majority of household's cuisine but not totally aware and remained ignorant about its health benefits.
What should we know about malunggay is a must-read for all of us. Do you know that India's ancient tradition of "ayurveda" states that the leaves of moringa tree can prevent 300 diseases? Yes, and modern science confirms this basic concept, while scientific research has shown that malunggay leaves provide almost meraculous nutritional value.
Gram for gram, malunggay leaves contain four times the calcium and two times the protein in milk. It also contain seven times the vitamin C in oranges, three times the potassium in bananas, and four times the vitamin A in carrots.
Loaded with nutrients and amino acids, it replenishes our body and provides what we need to get through a hectic weekday or active weekend. Researchers also reported on the positive result of using Moringa as a subtitute for expensive whole milk powder. Knowing these nutrients presence, it is no wonder why most mothers newly gave birth to a child usually consume malunggay leaves to enhance breast feeding. As relaxing as it is, Moringa also help reduces blood pressure and assure us of good night's sleep.
Malunggay leaves has significant advantages aside from improving human health.
Dr. martin L. Price cited in "The Moringa Tree" (http://www.echonet.org) the benefits of malunggay leaf extract as a plant growth hormone, the malunggay shoots as green manure to enrich agricultural land, malunggay leaves as livestock feed because of its high protein content, malunngay seed powder and the fresh cake left over from oil extraction as treatment for turbid water, malunggay as a good live fence tree with its bark use to make mats and rope, and the compound in the flowers and roots pterygospermin as a powerful antibiotic and antifungal remedy? Oh, that explain why my father applied malunggay juice on my wound when I was a kid. Did you experience that too? Well, I hope so.
This is the most shocking, unknown to most of us, malunggay has the ability to purify water. Dr. John Sutherland of Leicester University's Department of Environmental Technology said that the crushed malunggay seeds can clear very turbid water. He added that powdered malunggay seeds are appropriate for water purification in rural areas of tropical countries.
Other studies have shown that eating malunggay fruits can lead to a higher semen count. This is a good news to those men who have semen count problems. Yes, don't lose hope and count on malunngay fruits as magic.
Are you tired of malunggay wonders? There's still a lot more. Its oil has applications in food processing, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. A team of Masters of Business Administration students from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recommended the massive cultivation of malunggay for biofuel purposes in the Philippines.
The team studied the market outlook of malunggay oil as part of their partial requirement for the completion of the Global Entrepreneurship Laboratory Course. Their study said the massive cultivation of malunggay for biofuels can generate million of jobs and help alleviate poverty in rural areas in the Philippines.