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Abstract:

I have done some strange research since the beginning of my Evangelistic ministry in 1976 and appointment as Chairperson for Human Resource Development (RDP) in 1995 & Professor from 2005 & Certified Health Practitioner from 31 March 2008 as well as Mental Health Clinician since 2008.

I have always been interested in natural products, alternative health, preventative health and even tested some wild health treatment & preventative claims that have been made together with some scientific findings, even on myself-

First with the treated meat (biltong) of the pre-historic Crocodile, (I avoided the common cold and flu for 2 years)- then Aloe Vera Gel and snails, for skin problems and even 750 ml. Gordons Dry Gin mixed with 1 Table Spoon washing soda (1 tot every second day) to open my blocked arteries to avoid by-pass surgery (effectively) (My pharmacist warned me about the dangers of washing soda but my brother, Wynand De Bruin's medical doctor encouraged him to try it as he already experienced two heart attacks and refused to go for heart surgery as well... and today I compiled this paper about my best natural findings yet called-

Moringa oleifera, or drumstick tree , it is a pan-tropical species that is known by such regional names as benzolive, the horseradish tree, kelor, marango, mlonge, mulangay, nébéday, saijhan, and sajna.

Over the past two decades, many reports have appeared in mainstream scientific journals describing its water purification, nutritional and medicinal properties.

Although there have been references to the Moringa Tree that go back a couple thousand years, and the World Health Organization has been studying and using the plant for the last forty years as a low cost health enhancer in the poorest countries around the world, there is a reason why the moringa leaf is still relatively unknown.

The sale of all forms of vitamins, minerals, and health supplements is a big business. If you were a company selling hundreds of nutritional products, why would you sell one product that could potentially wipe out all your other products! This would be true for the pharmaceutical
industry as well. These industries, with huge marketing budgets, would rather the general public remains ignorant about the moringa leaf.

Its utility as a non-food product has also been extensively described, but will only partly be discussed herein, (e.g. lumber, charcoal, fencing, water clarification, lubricating oil). As with many reports of the nutritional or medicinal value of a natural product, there are an alarming number of purveyors of “healthful” food who are now promoting M. oleifera as a panacea. While much of this recent enthusiasm indeed appears to be justified, it is critical to separate rigorous scientific evidence from anecdote. Those who charge a premium for products containing Moringa spp. must be held to a high standard. Those who promote the cultivation and use of Moringa spp. in regions where hope is in short supply must be provided with the best available evidence, so as not to raise false hopes and to encourage the most fruitful use of scarce research capital. It is the purpose of this series of brief reviews to: (a) critically evaluate the published scientific evidence on M. oleifera, (b) highlight claims from the traditional and tribal medicinal lore and from non-peer reviewed sources that would benefit from further, rigorous scientific evaluation, and (c) suggest directions for future clinical research that could be carried out by local investigators in developing regions.

This is the first of 3 planned papers on the nutritional, therapeutic, and prophylactic properties of Moringa oleifera. In this introductory paper, the scientific evidence for health effects are summarized in tabular format, and the strength of evidence is discussed in very general terms. A second paper will address a select few uses of Moringa in greater detail than they can be dealt with in the context of this paper. A third paper will probe the phytochemical components of Moringa in more depth. A final paper will lay out a number of suggested research projects that can be initiated at a very small scale and with very limited resources, in geographic regions which are suitable for Moringa cultivation and utilization.

Since various terms used herein are likely not familiar to the lay reader, nor are many of the references readily available to either scientific or lay audiences, we encourage active on-line dialog between readers and the author . We will attempt to answer questions and to direct readers to the experts in an open and public manner.

In advance of the final paper in the series, the author solicits suggestions and will gladly acknowledge contributions that are incorporated into the final manuscript. It is the intent and hope of the journal’s editors that such a network of small-scale, locally executed investigations might be successfully woven into a greater fabric which will have enhanced scientific power over similar small studies conducted and reported in isolation. Such an approach will have the added benefit that statistically sound planning, peer review, and multi-center coordination brings to a scientific investigation.

 

 

 

 

   

Research continue to confirm the following studies from around the world:

Moringa leaves are shadow dried, rich in nutritive value and used in pharmaceutical and food industries.

Moringa leaves could practically wipe out malnutrition on our planet.

Moringa Medicinal Studies:

Detoxification - Studies have shown Moringa's ability to remove hazardous materials from water. Its usefulness in water purification has been demonstrated many times in University studies, in laboratories and in the field. This is now widely studied because it's estimated that 1.3 billion people in the world use contaminated water for drinking and cooking. It is estimated that 6 million children die each year from infections caused by unclean water.


Antibiotic - Moringa is used as a topical treatment for minor infections. Its antibiotic property is identified as Pterygospermin, a bacterial and fungicidal compound. Its chemical description is glucosinolate 4 alpha-L-rhamnosyloxy benzyl isothiocyanate. Studies have shown an aqueous extract made from seeds was equally effective against the skin infecting bacteria Staphylococcus aureus as the antibiotic Neomycin.


Skin Treatment - Moringa has great healing benefits for the skin. It has been used to cure cuts, scrapes, sores, and rashes as well as cracking and other signs of aging.


Anti-inflammatory - The oral tradition of India has long praised Moringa as an anti inflammatory for use in healing wounds. Moringa was also found to be effective in trauma initiated chronic swelling.


Diabetes - An extract from the Moringa leaf has been shown to be effective in lowering blood sugar levels within 3 hours of ingestion, though less effectively than the standard hypoglycemic drug, glibenclamide. The effects increased with larger doses.

Traditionally, Moringa has been used for years with no reports of negative side effects. The powder made from fresh Moringa leaves seems to provide a long-lasting energy boost when used regularly. People frequently report having much more endurance in their work, at home and at play.

Moringa Nutritional Value Table:

Moringa Oleifera Nutritional Value of Leaves Analysis of

Moringa dried leaf powder contains the following per 100 grams of edible portion

 

 Protein (g) 27.1 

 Carbohydrate (g) 38.2

 

 Fiber (g) 19.2

 Fat (g) 2.3

 Ca (mg) 2,003  

 MG (mg) 368 

 P (mg) 204

 K (mg) 1,324

 Cu (mg) 0.57

 Fe (mg) 28.2

 S (mg) 870

 Vitamin A-B Carotene (mg) 16.3 

 Arginine (g/16gN) 1.33%

 Vitamin B1 - Thiamin (mg) 2.64

 Histidine (g/16gN) 0.61%

 Vitamin B2 - Riboflavin (mg) 20.5

 Lysine (g/16gN) 1.32%

 Vitamin B3 - Nicotinic acid (mg) 8.2

 Tryptophan (g/16gN) 0.43%

 Vitamin C 0 Ascorbic acid (mg) 17.3

 Phenylanaline (g/16gN) 1.39%

 Vitamin E Tocopherol acetate mg) 113

 Methionine (g/16gN) 0.35%

 Threonine (g/16gN) 1.19%

 Leucine (g/16gN) 1.95%

 Isoleucine (g/16gN) 0.83%

 Valine (g/16gN) 1.06%

 Calories 205

 Moisture % 7.5

 Oxalic acid (mg) 1.6%

 

 

 

Complete Amino Acids:

Here’s a list of the complete range of naturally occurring amino acids found in Moringa and a brief explanation of why our bodies require them:

 

ISOLEUCINE builds proteins and enzymes and it provides ingredients used to create other essential biochemical components in your body, some of which promote energy and stimulate the brain to keep you alert.

 

LEUCINE works with isoleucine to build proteins and enzymes which enhance your body’s energy and alertness.

 

LYSINE insures your body absorbs the right amount of calcium.  It also helps form collagen used in your bone cartilage and connective tissues. And lysine aids in the production of antibodies, hormones, and enzymes. Recent studies have shown lysine improves the balance of nutrients that reduce viral growth.

 

METHIONINE primarily supplies sulfur to your body.  It is known to prevent hair, skin, and nail problems while lowering cholesterol levels as it increases your liver's production of lecithin.  Methionine reduces liver fat and protects the kidneys, which reduces bladder irritation.

 

PHENYLALAINE produces the chemical needed to transmit signals between your nerve cells and your brain. It can help keep you alert, reduce your hunger pains, plus improve your memory and your mood.

 

THREONINE is an important part of collagen, elastin, and enamel proteins. Not only does it assist metabolism, threonine helps prevent fat build-up in the liver while boosting your body’s digestive and intestinal tracts.

 

TRYPTOHYAN supports your immune system, alleviates insomnia, reduces anxiety, depression, and the symptoms of migraine headaches. It also is beneficial in decreasing the risk of artery and heart spasms as it works with lysine to reduce cholesterol levels.

 

VALINE is important in promoting a sharp mind, coordinated muscles, and a calm mood.

 

These non-essential amino acids, which can be manufactured by your body with the help of proper nutrition, are also found abundantly in Moringa:

 

ALANINE is important when it comes to building energy in your muscle tissue, brain, and central nervous system.  It strengthens your immune system by producing antibodies. Alanine also helps in the healthy metabolism of sugars and organic acids in your body.

 

ARGININE has been shown in studies to cause the release of the growth hormones considered crucial for optimal muscle growth and tissue repair. It also improves immune responses to bacteria, viruses, and tumor cells while promoting the healing of your body’s wounds.   

 

ASPARTIC ACID helps rid your body of ammonia created by cellular waste. When the ammonia enters your circulatory system it can act as a highly toxic substance which can damage your central nervous system.  Recent studies have also shown that aspartic acid may decrease fatigue and increase endurance.

 

CYSTINE functions as an antioxidant and is a powerful aid to the body in protecting against radiation and pollution.  It can help slow the aging process, deactivate free radicals, and neutralize toxins.  It also aids in protein synthesis and presents cellular change. It is necessary for the formation of new skin cells, which aids in the recovery from burns and surgical operations.

 

GLUTAMIC ACID is food for the brain.  It improves mental capacities, helps speed the healing of ulcers, reduces fatigue, and curbs your sugar cravings.

 

GLYCINE promotes the release of oxygen required in the cell-making process.  It is also important in the manufacturing of hormones responsible for a strong immune system.

 

HISTIDINE is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, ulcers, and anemia. A lack of histidine may lead to poor hearing.

 

SERINE is important in storing glucose in the liver and muscles.  Its antibodies help strengthen your body’s immune system.  Plus, it synthesizes fatty acid sheaths around nerve fibers.

 

PROLINE is extremely important for the proper function of your joints and tendons.

 

It also helps maintain and strengthen heart muscles.

 

TRYROSINE transmits nerve impulses to your brain.  It helps overcome depression; improves memory; increases mental alertness; plus promotes the healthy functioning of the thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glands.

One of the things that impresses me most about Moringa is the fact that it has the full complement of the essential amino acids that humans beings need—there are eight of them that we cannot synthesize, so we have to get them from our food.” -- Ann Hirsch, PhD, Professor of Botany at University of California Los Angeles

 

The Moringa packed with amino acids which are highly absorbable and absolutely crucial to good health. The human body is capable of manufacturing only 12 of the 20 different amino acids needed to build proteins used to grow, repair, and maintain cells. The other eight essential amino acids must come from a person’s diet.

Experts agree that the long-term solution to malnutrition is the use of foods rich in the essential nutrients often lacking in people's diets. Modern scientific research is proving that Moringa leaves are one of the richest sources of such nutrients. Even small amounts of the leaves could protect thousands of people from suffering and death.


History of project

Introduction

Moringa oleifera is the most widely cultivated species of a monogeneric family, the Moringaceae, that is native to the sub-Himalayan tracts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. This rapidly-growing tree (also known as the horseradish tree, drumstick tree, benzolive tree, kelor, marango, mlonge, moonga, mulangay, nébéday, saijhan, sajna or Ben oil tree), was utilized by the ancient Romans, Greeks and Egyptians; it is now widely cultivated and has become naturalized in many locations in the tropics. It is a perennial softwood tree with timber of low quality, but which for centuries has been advocated for traditional medicinal and industrial uses. It is already an important crop in India, Ethiopia, the Philippines and the Sudan, and is being grown in West, East and South Africa, tropical Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Florida and the Pacific Islands. Some say- All parts of the Moringa tree are edible and have long been consumed by humans. (This statement is found on many websites but during my research I have found warnings about parts of the bark and roots that contain toxins and some use this for abortion practices.

Some say- There are no known side effects. It's gentle enough to be given to babies in Africa to overcome malnourishment. (This apply only to the leaves and flowers, not the root or bark or seeds.)

It's one of the most secret performance enhancing products taken by athletes today who ingest mega-doses that help them physically and mentally. It's great for people of all ages, especially oldsters who are losing their alertness.

According to Fuglie (47) the many uses for Moringa include: alley cropping (biomass production), animal forage (leaves and treated seed-cake), biogas (from leaves), domestic cleaning agent (crushed leaves), blue dye (wood), fencing (living trees), fertilizer (seed-cake), foliar nutrient (juice expressed from the leaves), green manure (from leaves), gum (from tree trunks), honey- and sugar cane juice-clarifier (powdered seeds), honey (flower nectar), medicine (all plant parts), ornamental plantings, biopesticide (soil incorporation of leaves to prevent seedling damping off), pulp (wood), rope (bark), tannin for tanning hides (bark and gum), water purification (powdered seeds). Moringa seed oil (yield 30-40% by weight), also known as Ben oil, is a sweet non-sticking, non-drying oil that resists rancidity. It has been used in salads, for fine machine lubrication, and in the manufacture of perfume and hair care products (158). In the West, one of the best known uses for Moringa is the use of powdered seeds to flocculate contaminants and purify drinking water (11,50,113), but the seeds are also eaten green, roasted, powdered and steeped for tea or used in curries (50). This tree has in recent times been advocated as an outstanding indigenous source of highly digestible protein, Ca, Fe, Vitamin C, and carotenoids suitable for utilization in many of the so-called “developing” regions of the world where undernourishment is a major concern.


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