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Using Moringa

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What is your opinion of the products on the market made with Moringa?

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Trees for Life is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers of Moringa products. We do not have an official opinion of their products.

Our interest is in spreading the word about the nutritional benefits of Moringa and sparking much-needed scientific research.

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Do Moringa leaves have any negative side effects?

Moringa leaves have not been found to be toxic. Very extensive health and safety studies conducted at the Noguchi Memorial Medical Research Centre in Ghana determined that Moringa leaf powder has no toxic elements. Absolutely no adverse side effects from even the most concentrated Moringa diet were observed.

See this page from UNESCO for more information.

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How can I make Moringa leaf powder?

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Moringa leaf powder can be made by grinding dry leaves in almost any type of grinder that is available. The dry leaves can also simply be rubbed against a fine screen.

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How do I use fresh Moringa leaves?

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Fresh Moringa leaves can be used in a wide variety of dishes, or cooked as a green like spinach. This page provides a few examples of recipes using Moringa. These are from India, but could be adapted to local ingredients and tastes. See this page for more cooking information.

How do I use Moringa leaf powder?

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Moringa leaf powder can be used as a tea, added to beverages, sprinkled on food or taken in capsules. It can be used in cooking, but high temperatures destroy some of the nutrients.

A teaspoonful or so can be placed directly under the tongue and washed down with water, but care must be taken not to breathe the fine powder.

How do I use Moringa pods?

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Moringa pods can be cooked in a variety of ways. Until they become too woody to snap, they can be cooked much like green beans or asparagus.

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How is Moringa used in water purification?

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Moringa seeds are used as a coagulant. They are known to separate out the solid particles from a colloidal water solution. However, if bacteria or microbes such as E. coli are present, Moringa does not work as a purifying agent. The water will need to be treated for pathogens to make it potable.

How is Moringa used medicinally?

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We at Trees for Life cannot advocate or suggest Moringa as a treatment or cure for specific conditions or diseases. Modern research has found that Moringa leaves, as well as other parts of the tree, have been used since ancient times in systems of traditional medicine in several cultures. Moringa has been used for inflammation, malnutrition, wounds, diabetes, iron deficiency, high blood pressure and other conditions. A few relevant references follow.

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