Moringa Oleifera 

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The Moringa oliefera is often called the "Tree of Life".  Others  call it the "Drumstick Tree'. In Thailand we call it "Maruum" and we make powder and capsules from the pure organic leaves, harvested in the wild and dried at home (see photo).

 

 

 

The tree is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree of the family Moringaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of South and south-east Asia.  Moringa derives from a Tamil word, murungai, meaning "twisted pod", alluding to the young fruit. The species name is derived from the Latin words oleum "oil" and ferre "to bear".

Marum/Moringa is important in our household because it has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.Note 1"

 

Web MD says, "Early studies show it may help with:

 

* Rheumatoid arthritis: Moringa leaf extract may lower fluid swelling, redness, and pain.

 

* Diabetesinsulin-like proteins found in moringa may lower blood sugar. Plant chemicals found in the leaves might help the body process sugar better, and it may affect how the body releases insulin.

 

* Cancer: In lab tests, leaf extracts slowed the growth of pancreatic cancer cells and helped chemotherapy work better. Other lab studies show that moringa leaves, bark, and roots all have anti-cancer effects that might lead to new drugs.

 

Memory: Some experts think the antioxidants and other health-promoting plant chemicals may heal stress and inflammation."

 

We can't verify these claims, but Maruum has an important place in traditional medicine in Asia.

The production process is simple:

* Harvest the small branches and leaves,

* Remove all the woody parts and dirt,

* Spread the leaves on a clean floor or mat,

* Air dry  to about 3 percent moisture,

* Grind the leaves into a powder ensuring no large pieces of leaf or other detritus are left.

The powder may be used as it is, or else put into capsules.

There are a great many vendors of Moringa powder and capsules, and India is the main origin. However, beware of adulteration and capsules that are not filled to capacity. You can buy on Amazon or Alibaba easily. But be sure of the source and quality.

We only process Moringa for home and friends consumption. But we have used it  for many years and appreciate the perceived benefits.

 

Note 1: Do NOT overconsume. M. oleifera is contraindicated during pregnancy, and may interfere with prescription drugs. As always, check with your doctor.

 


 

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