Malunggay (Moringga Oleifera)

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Hazy Joy L. Dela Cruz
II-Science Class
OUTPUT NO. 3
I. Background of the Related Topic

A. Malunggay
Malunggay leaves was once considered a "poor man's vegetables" but now it is known as a "miracle tree" or "nature's medicine cabinet" by scientists and health care workers from around the world because it is loaded with vitamins and minerals that can be an effective remedy against many kinds of ailments. All parts of the malunggay tree are usable for nutritional and medicinal purposes - from the roots, trunk, and branches to the leaves, flowers, and seeds. The small, oval, dark-green leaves are famous vegetable ingredient in soup, fish and chicken dishes. The leaves can actually be eaten raw, but best added in meals due to its high concentration of nutrients. The roots is used to make tea, while the trunk, after it's scraped and squeezed for its juice is used to clean wounds. Malunggay trees are generally grown in the backyards in countries of Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. It is said that these plants are "low maintenance," requiring little to no care. Health Benefits: Malunggay leaves help strengthens the immune system. Malunggay can help restores skin condition, controls blood pressure, and relieves headaches and migraines. Malunggay tea can help strengthen the eye muscles. Malunggay tea can help heal inflammation of the joints and tendons. Malunggay tea can prevent intestinal worms. Malunggay can help increase semen count. Malunggay help normalize blood sugar level therefore preventing diabetes. Malunggay has anti-cancer compounds (photochemical) that help stop the growth of cancer cells. Malunggay helps relax and promotes good night sleep. Malunggay tea is used to treat fever and asthma. Malunggay help heals ulcers. Malunggay is high in calcium (four times the calcium in milk); therefore lactating mothers are advised to consume malunggay leaves to produce more milk for their babies. The young malunggay leaves are also boiled and taken as tea. Malunggay contains three times the potassium in bananas. Malunggay contain four times the vitamin A in carrots. An ounce of malunggay has the same Vitamin C content as seven oranges. Malunggay leaves contain two times the protein in milk. Malunggay seed is used to clean dirty or polluted water. Malunggay it is a popular tree. Many Asians use the leaves of Malunggay (Sajina) like spinach and also the fruit it produces as a vegetable, like asparagus. It only used to be known as a vegetable for lactating mothers. But new scientific studies say that malunggay’s medicinal and market possibilities. Touted by scientists as a “miracle vegetable,” malunggay has been promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the past 20 years as a low-cost health enhancer in poor countries around the globe. Malunggay trees are generally grown in the backyards. The small, oval, dark-green leaves are famous vegetable ingredient in soup, fish and chicken dishes. Scientifically, called ‘Moringa oleifera.’ this vegetable, despite its legendary potentials, is still relatively unknown. “The sale of all forms of vitamins, minerals, and health supplements is a big business,” points out Moringa Zinga, an American company that promotes and sells malunggay products in capsules. “If you are a company selling hundreds of nutritional products, why would you sell a product that will wipe out all your other products? This is true for the pharmaceutical industries as well. These industries would rather that the general public remains ignorant about the moringa leaves.” According to the Biotechnology Program Office of the Department of Agriculture, the malunggay has been found by biochemists and molecular anthropologists to be rich in vitamins C and A, iron, and high density lipoprotein or good cholesterol. Due to its high calcium content (four times the calcium in milk); lactating mothers in the Philippines are often advised to consume malunggay leaves to produce more milk for...
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