Moringa Oleifera is called the Miracle Tree for very good reasons. Its leaves, pods, flowers, fruits, roots, bark and seeds can all be utilized. Also called the tree of life, it is a very popular plant and has many names based on its diverse usage i.e. the clarifier tree, horseradish tree and drumstick tree (referring to the large drumstick shaped pods). In East Africa Moringa is known as “mother’s best friend, while here in Nigeria, its names include Ewe Igbale in Yoruba, Zogelle in Hausa and Idagbo monoye in Igbo.
Moringa is an ideal dietary supplement because it supports balance from both sides: It provides the body with the NUTRIENTS it needs, while helping it to detoxify and get rid of unwanted elements. This combination provides the body with fuel (nutrients) it needs to perform the two important functions: Feeding (adding fuel) and Cleaning (removing unwanted elements).
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A whopping 780 million people around the world can’t take a clean, pure glass of water to their lips to quench their thirst. Purifying water can be expensive and cumbersome in many countries, and without access to clean water or sanitation, disease runs rampant, and many people die unnecessarily from water-borne illness. Fortunately, due to the collaboration of the University of Botswana and researchers from Uppsala University, a natural and inexpensive way to purify water has been uncovered - Moringa oleifera.
Utilizing extracts from the Moringa oleifera tree, scientists were able to remove impurities from water without using aluminum or iron salts (both substances can have damaging effects on the human body, especially aluminum).
“It’s amazing to see that simple interactions between molecules can solve practical problems. Understanding this process can lead to further developments in water purification using naturally occurring and environmentally friendly materials,” says Adrian Rennie, Professor of Neutron Scattering at Uppsala University.
Normally, water is purified with aluminum of iron salts. This is especially so in underdeveloped countries like Africa and Asia. Instead of using these chemical contaminants, water can be purified easily and inexpensively with Moringa. You can watch a video to see the plant seeds in action, here.
A study shows how extremely small amounts of protein from the seeds of the tree bind strongly to surfaces, a property that results in the aggregation of pollutant particles, which can then be separated from the water. This discovery grew out of a collaboration with the University of Botswana and scientists at The Scattering Center and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Ångström Laboratory.
Following are instructions on how to purify water with Moringa oleifera seed pods:
1. Collect only mature Moringa seed pods and remove the seed from its casing.
2. Discard the shell casings (seed coat) and put aside.
3. Determine the number of seed kernels you will need based on the turbidity and volume of water to be purified. In general, 1 seed kernel will treat a liter of water. Water with high turbidity (dirt and microorganisms) needs more seeds.
4. Crush the seed kernels (using a grinder hammer, mortar and pestle, etc.)
This should result in a fine powder that you can sift through mesh or a screen.
5. Mix the seed powder with clean water to form a paste.
6. Mix the paste and about 1 cup of the clean water in a bottle and shake to make a solution.
7. Filter this into water to be cleaned with fine muslin cloth or mesh screen.
(This will also help to remove larger unwanted particles from the water).
8. Stir the water rapidly for about 1 minute then slowly for approximately 10 minutes.
9. Let the water sit undisturbed for 1-2 hours minimum. Longer is fine.
10. Carefully pour clean water from the top – the contaminates will have settled to the bottom.
11. This clean water can then be filtered or sterilized for use in cooking or drinking.
Please note: (Moringa does not remove all water pathogens, just a large percentage)
Moringa seed powder can be used as a quick and simple method for cleaning dirty river water. Studies showed that this simple method of filtering not only diminishes water pollution, but also harmful bacteria. The moringa powder joins with the solids in the water and sinks to the bottom. This treatment also removes 90-99% of bacteria contained in water.
Crushed Moringa seeds clarify and purify water to suit domestic use and lower the bacterial concentration in the water making it safe for drinking.
MORINGA WATER PURIFICATION
By using Moringa seeds people will no longer be depending on expensive means originating from the West. Using Moringa to purify water replaces chemicals such as aluminium sulphate, which are dangerous to people and the environment, and are expensive.
Water from varying sources will need different amounts of Moringa seeds powder because of the impurities present will not be the same. Experiments with a jar will help in working out the correct amount needed.
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HOW TO PURIFY WATER WITH MORINGA SEEDS
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MORINGA WATER TREATMENT
In addition to food, shelter and clothing, water is one of our basic human needs and lack of potable water is a major cause of death and disease in our world. The purpose of this document is to provide information on household water treatment using seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree.
As part of its nutritional significance, Moringa is rich in many vitamins, including Vitamin A, several forms of Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin E. In fact, it has more of these vitamins than a variety of foods that all claim to be excellent sources of them, such as carrots, oranges and milk. These vitamins provide a number of recognized HEALTH BENEFITS.
It is also rich in protein. 100 grams of fresh Moringa leaves provide the same amount of protein as an egg.
People with Obesity problems can be greatly benefited by taking the Moringa leaves, since they are very low-fat and extremely high in proteins, vitamins and minerals. It is a much more considerable alternative to weight reduction, compared to rigorous DIETING and hectic work-outs. It can also be taken as a dietary supplement, because of its high nutritional value. It provides 42 percent of the regular recommended requirement of protein and 125 percent of calcium. It increases metabolism and decreases lethargy.
Perhaps the most important is the medicinal value of this wonder plant. Moringa, scientifically have been proven to have the capability to cure at least 300 known DISEASES,
when taken as supplement along with hundreds of other HEALTH BENEFITS thanks to its more than 90 nutrients, 46 different antioxidants, and all 8 essential amino acids.
Different parts of this plant contain a profile of important minerals, and are a good source of protein, vitamins, beta-carotene, amino acids and various phenolics.
The Moringa plant provides a rich and rare combination of zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferol.
More so, Moringa can act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants, possess antitumor, antipyretic, antiepileptic, anti-inflammatory, antiulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive,
CHOLESTEROL LOWERING, antioxidant, ant diabetic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and antifungal activities, and are being employed for the treatment of different ailments in the indigenous system of medicine.
Along with these specific HEALTH BENEFITS, you can even put its seeds in dirty water and they will attract the impurities and make the water drinkable. As far as science is concerned, Moringa is an all time find.
With all these benefits and scientists maintaining that Moringa could still be useful in the treating of some more diseases, may be this Queen of Green may just hold the cure to the dreaded Ebola thereby ending the scourge and bringing respite to world.