Malunggay or scientifically known as Moringa is a popular backyard plant in the Philippines. It is once known as a poor man’s vegetable but is now garnering international attention as a “superfood” or “miracle tree” with its proven nutritional value and many uses.
In fact, with its growing popularity and relevance, Clark is currently hosting the 5th Moringa Congress and Exhibition from November 21-23 at the Hilltop Function Hall at the Mimosa Leisure Estate that aims to promote the wonders of the Malunggay Tree and the growing industry of the herbal products. International speaker and major players in the industry will be present.
Moringa has already penetrated United States, Japan, Israel, Korea and Australian market and is now eyeing Germany and European markets according to Bernadette Arellano, the founding chair of the Moringaling Philippine Foundation, Inc. (MPFI)
Furthermore, the wonder plant is also being promoted by Senator Loren Legarda, as she re-filed the proposed Malunggay Development Act, under Senate Bill No. 104. Recognizing the benefits of the Malunggay, the act aims to spur the production, processing, marketing and distribution of Malunggay in suitable areas of the country so that people will acquire its benefits (food, medicinal, health and commercial needs).
Here are the reasons why the Malunggay Tree is a must in everyone’s backyard:
- Malunggay is Rich in Antioxidant – it can prevent lifestyle related ailments such as cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, cancer and more.
- It helps strengthen the immune system.
- According to studies, it has anti-cancer compounds or phytochemicals that can help stop the growth of cancer cells.
- Malunggay is a good source of vitamins A, B and C and minerals such as calcium and iron. It is also used to combat malnutrition especially among infants and nursing mothers.
- Malunggay is proven to be anti-infectious, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory.
- All parts of the tree are usable -Malunggay leaves is good for treating headaches, gastric ulcers and diarrhea ; Malunggay pods are good for treating liver and spleen problems and Malunggay seeds can treat gout, cramps, sexually transmitted diseases, boils, arthritis, and more.
- It can promote weight loss with its high fiber level, low fat and calorie content.
- Malunggay is beneficial for reproductive health – widely believed to enhance sexual activity (aphrodisiac) and the young leaves are widely used to increase the milk flow of lactating mothers.
Malunggay can be included in some of your favorite dishes but it is also sold as powder, tea and capsules. If you also want to make your own Moringa powder, here are the few simple steps:
- Harvest the leaves of Malunggay. Let it hang on an airy place but don’t place the leaves under the sun as it will cause discoloration.
- After 2 or 3 days, once the leaves are already “crispy”, cook the leaves for about 2 minutes in a frying pan.
- Pound the leaves until it is in a powdered form.
- You can now use it as a tea or put it in an empty gel capsule that is available in your local drugstores.
Go natural–explore the wonders of Malunggay and reap its powerhouse nutritional value!
Malunggay (Moringa) – the World’s “Superfood”,