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By Dr. Howard W. Fisher

“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until the depleted soils from which our foods come are brought into proper mineral balance?”[1] “The alarming fact is that foods – fruits and vegetables and grains – now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contains enough of certain needed minerals, are starving us – no matter how much of them we eat!”[2] The food chain is obviously deficient in a number of key nutrients critical to our health.

This African/Asian tree is capable of delivering what the body needs and these enzymatically active amino acid sequences may simply not exist in the food or beverage chain anywhere else, and that is just the tip of the nutritional iceberg when it comes to Moringa oleifera.[3] [4] [5] Moringa Oleifera, a tree that can grow in the worst climatic conditions and thrive where others cannot, may be the most phytonutrient complete plant on this planet. It contains close to one hundred nutrients, if not more, and according to the National Institute of Health, Moringa Oleifera can cause the body to overcome more than three hundred diseases.[6]

Obviously a short article will not allow me to elaborate, but Moringa oleifera seems to be the perfect supplement for our aging population. As we age, most of us seem to degenerate in a number of areas, and with that degeneration comes inflammation and pain. Enzymatically active bio-available Moringa oleifera provides thirty-six natural anti-inflammatories. While on the topic, a great deal of investigation has gone into the aging process and the concomitant chronic diseases, and antioxidants have been a focal point. Free radical damage caused by electron-seeking, highly reactive, oxidative molecules has been identified as a major contributing source of these maladies through mechanisms such as inhibition of telomerase, changes to cellular permeability and DNA damage. It has been established that Moringa oleifera contains forty-six different anti-oxidants. [7] [8] [9] [10]

The fact that this miracle tree is able to provide all the essential amino acids that must be ingested is great, but it also provides a total of eighteen of the twenty amino acids used in the human body. Protein is needed not only for the structural components, but neurotransmitters, enzymes and immunoglobulins as well. We will all benefit from a stronger immune system. There are various nutrients that can have a beneficial effect on enhancing immune system function and Moringa oleifera certainly qualifies in this category due to the ability to provide several of these phytonutrients.[11] [12] [13] Moringa oleifera has been shown to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibiotic, which will certainly lighten the load on the immune system. [14] [15] [16] [17] [18]

The mystery is how this four thousand year-old panacea plant went missing and disappeared from the nutritional horizon. Fortunately it has reappeared.

[1] Beach, R. Modern Miracle Men. US Senate Document 264. 1936.

[2] ibid

[3] Fahey J W. Moringa oleifera: a review of the medical evidence for its nutritional, therapeutic, and prophylactic properties. Trees for Life Journal. 2005;1(5) p. 1-13.

[4] Paliwal R, Sharma V, Pracheta V. A review on Horse Radiah Tree (Moringa oleifera): A Multipurpose Tree with High Economic and Commercial Importance. Asian Journal of Biotechnology. 2011;3(4):p.317-328.

[5] Fisher H W. Moringa Oleifera: Magic, Myth or Miracle. Britannia Press. Toronto. 2011.

[6] NIH Record. NIH Celebrates Earth Day 2008. Vol LX. No.6. March 21, 2008.

[7] Kumar N A, Pari I. Antioxidant action of Moringa oleifera Lam (drumstick) against antitubercular drug induced lipid peroxidation in rats. J Medicinal Foods. 2003;6(3):p.255-259.

[8] Bharali R, Tabassum J, Azad M R H. Chemomodulatory effect of Moringa oleifera, Lam, on hepatic carcinogen metabolizing enzymes, antioxidant parameters and skin papillomagenesis in mice. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention 2003;4:p.131-139.

[9] Njoku O U, Adikwu M U. Investigation on some physico-chemical antioxidant and toxicological properties of Moringa oleifera seed oil. Acta Pharmaceutica Zagreb. 1997;47(4): p.87-290.

[10] Siddhuraju P, Becker K. Antioxidant properties of various solvent extracts of total phenolic constituents from three different agroclimatic origins of drumstick tree (Moringa oleifera Lam.) leaves. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2003;51:p.2144-2155.

[11] Jayavardhanan K K, K Suresh K, Panikkar K R, Vasudevan D M. Modulatory potency of drumstick lectin on the host defense system. Journal of Experimental Clinical Cancer Research 1994;13(3):p.205-209

[12] Quisimbing Medicinal Plants of the Philippines. Katha Publishing Co Inc. Quezon City. 1978;p.346-349.

[13] Ramachandran C, Peter K V, Gopalakrishnan P K. 1980, Drumstick (Moringa oleifera): A multipurpose Indian Vegetable. Economic Botany, 34 (3) p.276-283.

[14] Kjaer A, Malver O, El-Menshawi B, Reisch J. Isothiocyanates in myrosinase-treated seed extracts of Moringa peregrina. Phytochemistry 1979;18:p.1485-1487.

[15] Kurup P A, Narasimha Rao P L. Antibiotic principle from Moringa pterygosperma. Part IV. The effect of addition of vitamins and amino acids on the anti-bacterial activity of pterygospermin. Indian J Med Res. 1954;42:p.101-107.

[16] Viera GH F, Mourão J A, Ângelo  C, Costa R A, Viera R H. Antibacterial effect (in vitro) of Moringa oleifera and Annona muricata against Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria. Rev Inst Med trop S Paulo. 2010;May/June:

[17] Eilert U, Wolters B, Nahrstedt A. The antibiotic principle of seeds of Moringa oleifera and Moringa stenopetala. Planta Medica 1981;42: p.55-61.

[18] Jahn S A, Musnad H A, Burgstaller H., Tree that purifies water: Cultivating multipurpose Moringaceae in the Sudan. Unasylva 1986;38(152):p.23-28.

Dr. Howard W. Fisher, BSc, BEd, MBBS, DC, IMD, IHC, DHS
Anti-Aging Medicine Research, Lecturer, Author
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