- The leaves contain:
- 7 times the vitamin C oranges
- 4 times the calcium in milk
- 4 times the vitamin A in carrots
- 3 times the potassium in bananas
- 2 times the protein in yoghurt
The moringa tree is doing real good in South Africa, bringing sustainable business as well as uplifting the health and feeding of communities. The moringa tree, also known as the horseradish tree is being called the miracle or magic tree.
The trees are being planted in Tooseng in the Limpopo province by a brave and dedicated woman, Mavis Mathabatha, who currently feeds approximately 320 schoolchildren, she has been feeding them for the past six years. These children are mostly on government grants and live with their grandparents or a grandparent. Mavis gives them a breakfast in the morning and a meal after school.
She discovered the benefits of this tree after being shown it on the internet, she was so impressed that she decided to plant the trees alongside the kitchen garden she also grows. She has been so impressed by the results that can be seen within seven days. She says the children are visibly more alert and healthy with no more signs of fainting at school or lack of energy. The dark green leaves are chopped and cooked into the meals just as you would with spinach with the flavour being quite tasty and acceptable to all who eat it.
Mavis has started a secondary business where the leaves are dried, crushed and packed into 90 gram bags for sale, she has had calls for the powder from far and wide around the country. The leaves contain more vitamins and nutrition than anything else known and scientists are still busy carrying out tests for other uses and values of the leaves. Uses found so far include human malnutrition and health benefits, livestock weight gain and milk production, livestock fodder and plant growth.
We wish Mavis all the good luck and hope she goes from strength to strength in her ability to grow and sustain this business. The news needs to spread across all the poor communities across the world so that they too can benefit from this powerhouse of a tree.
NB: It is to be noted that there are serious scamsters out there and the product should only be bought from regulated sellers. For interesting reading also see the following medical insights. http://www.malunggay-propagation.com/Jed_Fahey_text_GB.pdf