Moringa Oleifera is not an herb but a tree whose leaves are one of the more nutritious food sources in the world today. Moringa leaves contain exceptional usable nutrition including all 8 amino acids, iron, calcium, protein, Vitamin-A and C, and all the nutrients needed for great nutrition and health.
Moringa Oleifera trees naturally grow in places like India and Honduras but are now grown in Hawaii, Florida, Southern CA, and other US states with mild winter climates. They are one tree that does not take years to be able to get the benefits. If given the right climate, they grow like weeds. You can get three to 4 feet of growth in one year. Remember the leaves are the main product you consume but the flowers and pods can be eaten as well at the right stage of growth.
You can grow a Moringa tree almost anywhere in the US, but in areas with freezing temperatures, they must be brought into your house or a heated greenhouse during the winter. They can be grown in a large 22-gal tub or lg deep trash can with good drainage. I grew them that way in Nevada and in TN when we lived there.
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Moringa leaves contain exceptional usable nutrition including all 8 amino acids, iron, calcium, protein, Vitamin-A and C, and all the nutrients needed for great nutrition and health.
Moringa leaves are a superfood that is easy to digest. Moringa leaves contain protein and iron just to name two, for those of you on a vegan diet. There are very few plant sources that contain protein and Iron. Moringa can be used as survival food.
There are very few foods other than Moringa that you can grow yourself and are complete with all the nutrients for great nutrition and that can sustain life.
You can find fresh Moringa leaves sold in farmers’ markets and Asian markets in areas where there is a large Asian population or where the climate is mild such as Florida. You will not find fresh leaves in your local market elsewhere. That is why so many people are unfamiliar with Moringa leaves. Call around to the various Asian markets in your area for products. If unavailable, then the internet is your only choice, or grow your own trees.
Moringa leaves are being used in projects in countries like Africa to help stop starvation. In those countries, babies often die before their first year of life due to malnutrition.
The children suffer from many deficiencies including Vitamin A and Vitamin C. They don’t receive enough Calcium, iron, and protein to thrive. Moringa contains all of these nutrients in a very useful form for the body to utilize. In those countries, they make a thick porridge of the leaves to give to young children.
Even in the United States, there are children who go to bed hungry and rely on the school lunch program for meals. Our kids today are obese, some with health problems as children due to the fast food they eat. So kids here in the US need to have better nutrition for which Moringa can play an important part.
The elderly are another group of people who often eat poorly due to income, illness, and depression. Some of them cannot chew food well or have serious problems with their digestion. Since it can us utilized in juice or smoothies, it would be a great food to improve their diet and health.
We have veterans homeless and eating dog food. Moringa is nutritious, easy to digest, and can be added to any juice, water, or food. Moringa would boost the nutrition of both the elderly and our veterans.
Women today work jobs, then come home and work even harder. They often are worn, and run down with no time to cook or eat well. Moringa can be the bridge to help keep them going through the endless chores at home and work.
Moringa is a valuable addition to your pet’s diet as well since most pet foods are deficient in all the nutrients your pet needs. You just mix in 1/4 to half a tsp of their food. Rabbits, Goats, and chickens will eat it fresh off the tree. I fed mine Moringa leaves for treats.
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