Top 10 reasons to embrace Moringa

Top 10 reasons to embrace Moringa

1. Food – moringa contains all 9 essential amino acids plus vitamin C making it a complete food. It is loaded with vitamins and minerals. The flowers, pods, leaves and roots are edible. Harvesting can begin 4 months after planting. One in seven people go to bed hungry in our world today. I am 5 feet 10 inches and 150 pounds (slight build) and getting hungry is difficult for me.
2. Medicine – moringa treats over 300 diseases. It boosts the immune system. The root is an excellent anti-inflammatory. Great for aching baby boomers.
3. Developing country medical needs – over 30 million people living with HIV/AIDS have no access to free medications. Moringa and artemisia annua can treat these people for pennies per day – not $1-6 for conventional treatment options. Plants have no resistance or rising cost issues! Agricultural societies are given self determination.
4. Water – 1.8 million people die annually from “bad” water. Moringa acts as a floculant and water purifier. Flocullants coagulate the water borne particles, causing bacteria laced dirt to settle out. The resulting “sludge” is an environmentally friendly compost, unlike aluminum sulphate laced sludge. Moringa contains a protein which kills harmful viruses and bacteria.
5. Carbon capture – moringa is the second fastest growing plant on the planet after bamboo. It can grow up to 4 meters per year. In Hawaii, people are harvesting 280,000 pounds of leaves per acre per year!!
6. Drought resistance – moringa thrives in hot climates. It will not tolerate freezing. It will start to grow at the end of the dry season, before the rains start. This is the hungry season in countries with this seasonal weather pattern. It even grows in sand.
7. Environment – the biggest agricultural issue on the planet is erosion. Trees help with this by stabilizing the soil with their roots. Leaves break the energy of rain drops as they plummet to earth. (Many grasses, including vetiver, have a big role to play here).
8. Food security – planting annual crops such as corn, beans, wheat, barley, oats and peas carries the risk of crop failure from adverse weather patterns at critical times in the cropping cycle. Trees are much less susceptible to such issues. Many trees are destroyed in cyclones and heavy weather conditions. If you cut off a moringa tree at ground level, or freeze the above ground portion, it readily regrows from the stump or roots. Energy balance in agriculture – the law of diminishing returns states there is a point at which inputs are not returned by increased output. Trees require minimal input as they do not require the same levels of soil tillage. Their deep rooted nature means they require less water.
9. Business opportunity – dried moringa leaves store very well are a wonderful source of concentrated nutrients. A few grams of leaves contains enough vitamin A to prevent blindness. Over 500,000 people annually go blind from lack of vitamin A.
10. Enjoyment – people are stressed from over work. Moringa’s vitamin B complex helps tremendously with this. Need a low calorie quick meal? Moringa drink is great!! Hospitals which had patients looking at the color green had improved healing rates. Let’s turn our world green and reap the benefits. Believe it or not, people in hot climates tell me they would rather go hungry than pick the leaves off their trees. I think they can have both.

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