Moringa, it’s the new Alfalfa

As you may, or may not know, alfalfa is the most widely cultivated legume in the world.  The average American consumes 1.5 tons of alfalfa per year.  How strange is that?  Have you ever eaten a giant plate full of alfalfa?  Most people would think that they do not eat any alfalfa at all, yet if you have eaten any kind of animal product, especially dairy, then yes you are most likely participating in the production and consumption of alfalfa.  It is an amazing and wonderful plant and a very important part of life in the United States of America.

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The cost of producing animal protein products for human consumption is a major concern for people who think about such things.  Milk, eggs, cheese and meat are all luxurious types of proteins that many Americans take for granted.  I personally enjoy cheese a great deal.

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I believe that industrial usage of moringa oleifera has the capacity to reduce livestock production costs by %30-50, while simultaneously increasing production efficiency and improving the quality of end products produced.

There are many factors involved with making a statement like that.  Adaptability of markets, and development of industrial systems and machinery all play an important role in making an accurate estimation of production costs for a crop like this.  Other important factors are specific to exactly which animal products are being produced.

Moringa Oleifera is too nutritionally dense to completely replace existing protein sources in livestock diets.  For each type of animal being raised, there is some specific percentage of their diet that could be optimally replaced with Moringa in order to improve protein conversion rates and reduce feed costs.  Additionally, the natural anti-biotic and anti-parasitic abilities of moringa are capable of reducing chemical inputs and increasing the quality and marketability of products.

 

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Balbir Mathur retiring as head of Trees For Life

After 30 years of helping people around the world, Balbir Mathur is retiring as president of the Trees For Life organization.  His organization has helped millions by sharing food trees and in other ways.  Their work includes much effort to share the miracle of moringa with impoverished people in tropical and subtropical locales.  Trees for Life has recently been working on an internet website that can help teachers in developing countries with little or no training to learn techniques for better teaching.

Trees for Life helps communities by helping to build resources locally and by increasing understanding and ownership of those resources.  By increasing the availability of useful technology in these communities, the quality of life can be improved for many people without excessive cost.

Moringa Links

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Moringa extract vs. diabetes mellitus in adult rats

Researchers at Beni Suef University and Cairo University in Egypt have performed an experiment where they discovered that an aqueous extract of Moringa Oleifera leaves had a potent anti-diabetic effect when used to treat streptozotocin-induced diabetic albino rats.

Reference:
Acta Histochemica, “Extract of Moringa oleifera leaves ameliorates streptozotocin-induced Diabetes mellitus in adult rats” Hanan Dawood Yassa, Adel Fathy Tohamy 20 March 2014 (Link to article)

Moringa extracts used to reduce inflammation

An article published by The Phytochemical Society of Europe and The Phytochemical Society of North America reports that an aqueous extract of moringa leaves could be used in a process to produce an extract which contains isothiocyanates, which can alleviate low-grade inflammation.

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Reference:
Carrie WatermanaDiana M. Chenga Patricio Rojas-Silvaa Alexander Pouleva Julia Dreifusa Mary Ann Lilab Ilya Raskin  (Direct link to report) “Stable, water extractable isothiocyanates from Moringa oleifera leaves attenuate inflammation in vitro” Phytochemistry Volume 103, July 2014, Pages 114–122

 

Moringa Oleifera can help fight cancer

Il Lae Jung, a researcher for the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute recently published an article describing an experiment where extract from Moringa Oleifera leaves were tested in vitro against cancerous cells and discovered significant benefits vs cancerous activity.  The experiment showed greatly induced apoptosis, inhibited tumor cell growth, and lowered the level of internal reactive oxygen species (ROS) in human lung cancer cells as well as other types of cancer cells, suggesting that the treatment of cancer cells with MOL significantly reduced cancer cell proliferation and invasion.  Also, Moringa appeared to have greater toxicity for tumorous cells than for normal cells, strongly suggesting that it could potentially be an ideal anticancer therapeutic candidate specific to cancer cells.

 

Reference
1. Il Lae Jung (2014) Effect of Moringa Oleifera extract against cancerous cells. plosone.org | Volume 9 | Issue 4 | e95492 (link to article)