The Chronicle Gambia

You Are What You Eat: Moringa

The idea behind this column is to promote the culture of eating what we grow and growing what we eat. It goes without saying that a healthy mind can only be found in a healthy body. There is also a saying which appears simple but is in fact deep in meaning, “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT”.

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” -Ancient Earthian Ayurvedic Proverb

This week we will take a look at Moringa, the “miracle plant”:

Ancient Indian folklore says this tree can prevent over 300 known diseases. Is Moringa really the “Miracle Tree” that mankind has used for medicinal purposes for over thousands of years?

Absolutely! Science is finally confirming what ancient cultures and many subtropical and tropical people have already known from first-hand experience…Moringa is the “miracle tree”. The Moringa Oleifera tree will even sustain life if that was all a person had to eat.

It seems that the more this fast-growing, almost indestructible, drought-resistant miracle tree is studied, the more Moringa Oleifera reveals her nutritional wonders. From the seeds, the pods, the bark, roots and leaves, the moringa tree is the most generous giver of life enhancing nutrients.

Even on their own, the leaves of this tree are noteworthy. Clinical studies are now revealing what

traditional medicine practitioners in many countries have been proclaiming. Moringa leaves can cure a host of diseases. It is truly a “miracle tree”.

Moringa has over 92 verified nutrients. Nutritional lab analyses are showing that the moringa leaves are very high in protein and contain all of the essential amino acids, including two amino acids that are especially important for children’s diets. The leaves of this “miracle tree” have a similar complete amino acid ratio as meat. This is very rare in plant food. In fact beans come a close second, but are not as complete.

Moringa leaves are also loaded with essential vitamins and minerals,especially vitamins A and C. Delivering such a power punch of bio available nutrition, Moringa leaves are capable of preventing malnutrition and a host of other nutritionally related diseases such as beri beri and rickets. Moringa leaves have the potential to deliver the nutrition needed to prevent and cure diseases.

      Moringa leaves

Find out more about Moringa, the “Miracle Tree”, and how her life giving properties can help you and your loved ones experience a healthier, more vibrant life.

Fresh Leaves

Gram for gram, fresh leaves contain about:

  • 4 times the Vitamin A of Carrots
  • 7 times the Vitamin C of Oranges
  • 4 times the Calcium of Milk
  • 3 times the Potassium of Bananas
  • ¾ the Iron of Spinach Leaves
  • 2 times the Protein of Yogurt


Dried Leaves

Gram for gram, dried leaves contain about:

  • 10 times the Vitamin A of Carrots
  • 1/2 the Vitamin C of Oranges
  • 17 times the Calcium of Milk
  • 15 times the Potassium of Bananas
  • 25 times the Iron of Spinach
  • 9 times the Protein of Yogurt
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