Malunggay (Moringa Oleifera) has been used as herbal medicine in many cultures for hundreds of years, Malunggay is known as a very nutritious plant where it is used to combat malnutrition in third world countries especially for infants and nursing mothers.
The malunggay pods are the most valued and widely used part of the plant. Malunggay pods contains essential amino acids, vitamins and other nutrients. Malunggay pods may be eaten raw or may be prepared or cooked. Malunggay pods may be fried and may produce a clear, odorless and sweet oil mostly called - Ben Oil.
Malunggay leaves may be eaten as greens, in salads and as vegetable ingredients for soups and other tropical viands. Malunggay flowers are cooked and eaten either mixed with other foods or fried in batter.
Okra, also known as "lady finger", is one of the popular nutritious vegetables of North-Eastern Africa origin. They usually gathered while the pods are green, tender, and at immature stage. The plant is cultivated throughout the tropical and warm temperate regions around the world for their fibrous fruits or "pods." It grows best in well-drained and manure rich soil.
Botanically, okra is a perennial flowering plant belongs to the Malvaceae (mallows) family, and named scientifically as Abelmoschus esculentus.
Health benefits of Okra
The pods are among the very low calorie vegetables. They provide just 30 calories per 100 g, besides containing no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, they are rich sources of dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins; often recommended by nutritionists in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
The pods are one of the rich sources of mucilage substance that help in smooth peristalsis of digested food through the gut and ease constipation condition.
The pods contain healthy amounts of vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, xanthin and lutein. It is one of the vegetables with highest levels of these anti-oxidants. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids helps to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Fresh pods are the good source of folates; provide about 22% of RDA per 100 g. Consumption of foods rich in folates, especially during the pre-conception period helps decrease the incidence of neural tube defects in the offspring.
The gumbo pods are also an excellent source of anti-oxidant vitamin, vitamin-C, providing about 36% of daily-recommended levels. Research suggests that consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop immunity against infectious agents, reduce episodes of cold and cough and protect the body from harmful free radicals.
The veggies are rich in B-complex group of vitamins like niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and pantothenic acid. The pods also contain good amounts of vitamin K. Vitamin K is a co-factor for blood clotting enzymes and is required for strengthening of bones.
The pods are an also good source of many important minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium.
Also Known as:
Angay (Pamp.) kunik (Ibn.) Curcuma xanthorrhiza Naves Dilaw (Tag.) Lampuyang (P. Bis.) Dulaw (S.L. Bis.) Lawag (Sub.) Kalabaga (Bis.) Luyang-dilaw (Tag.) Kalawag (Mbo., Bis.) Pangar (Pamp.) Kalauag (Mbo., Bis.) Pangas (Pamp.) Kinamboy (Bis.) Parak (Kuy.) Kinamboi (Bis.) Salampawyan (Bag.) Kulalo (Bis.) Salampauyan (Bag.) Kulyaw (Ilk.) Turmeric Kunig (Ilk.) Yu-chin (Chin.) Long tumeric (Engl.)
Luya, Luyang Dilaw orGinger, It is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber officinale. It lends its name to its genus and family (Zingiberaceae). Other notable members of this plant family are turmeic, cardamom, and galangal.. Luya or Ginger has been used throughout recorded history for both culinary and medicinal purposes.
Luya, luyang dilaw or ginger is an erect, smooth plant with thickened and aromatic rootstocks. Luya or ginger has Leafy stems that are 0.4 to 1 meter high. Ginger Leaves are distichous, lanceolate to linear-lanceolate, 15-25 cm long, and 2 cm wide or less. Luya scape from rootstock is erect, 15-25 cm high, covered with imbricate bracts. Calyx is 1 cm long. Corolla is greenish-yellow with a tube less than 2 cm long .
The taste of luyang dilaw or ginger is distinct, brought about by the zingerone and shogoal substances that it has, giving the plant its pungent properties. As herbal medicine, Luyang Dilaw has long been used as a cold, cough, fever, and sore throat remedy.
Luya, Herbal Medicine
Luya or ginger has been used as herbal medicine in many cultures for hundreds of years, Luya or ginger is claimed to have many medicinal value, from antibacterial, anti- inflamatory to anti nausea and treatment of sore throat.
Luya or ginger is popularly used for sore throat prevention and treatment. Luya is also widely used as herbal medicine to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness. Luya is safe to use in pregnancy, and also being used for treatment of nausea associated in cancer chemotherapy. Luya or ginger is also used as support against inflamatory. Luya or ginger is also used as digestive aid for mild stomach upset, to lower cholesterol level, anti viral and anti bacterial properties and for the treatment of cancer.
The Philippine Department of Health has endorsed luya, luyang dilaw or ginger as an alternative herbal medicine for its anti bacterial properties and its efficacy for controlling sore throats, lowering cholesterol levels and nausea.
Medical Uses Of Luya Or Ginger Herbal Medicine
Luya - Vomiting, Motion sickness, nausea, Luya or Ginger's has been known and used widely for the prevention and treatment of nausea and vomiting associated in motion sickness. chemotheraphy, morning sickness and has been known to be safe even for pregnant women and children.
Luya - Anti infectious: Antibacterial, anti fungal, anti parasitic. Luya or Ginger's effects against infection have also been confirmed by laboratory science to kill cold viruses at a concentration of less than one part per million. Ginger contains a chemical called zingibain that kills and dissolves parasites and their eggs.
Luya - Anti inflammatory and antioxidant activity when included in diet. Luya or ginger may also be applied externally to support inflammation related to arthritis, rheumatism, menstrual cramps, sprains and lumbago.
LUya - Cholesterol control, Heart Disease: Luya or Ginger has shown to inhibit cholesterol production in the liver. Studies suggest ingestion of Luya or Ginger has beneficial effect to decrease the activity of platelet-activating factor (PAF), PAF causes platelets to aggregate (clotting) and blood vessels to dilate. With decreased PAF, blood clotting is likewise reduced which is a cause of stroke or heart attack
Luya or Ginger - Anti-allergy and anti-inflammation: Studies shown that high platelet activating factor stimulates inflammation in allergy and bronchial constriction associated in asthma. Luya or ginger's ability to decrease PAF would suggest that it may also help as remedy for allergy and asthma.
Luya or Ginger - Colds, cough, sore throat, hoarseness, asthma and bronchitis; Nasal congestion, Ginger or Luya tea are widely known for the treatment of colds, cough, sore throat, hoarseness even for asthma and bronchitis. It is also taken as ginger ale.
Luya or Ginger - Rheumatism and arthritis, Ginger or Luya has been used to alleviate inflammation and pain associated with arthritis and rheumatism.
Luya Or Ginger Herbal Medicine Use And Preparation
Luya or Ginger in food is a common cooking spice and can also be be found in a variety of foods and drinks, including ginger bread, ginger snaps, ginger sticks, and ginger ale.
Luya or Ginger Tea, To make luya or ginger tea, simmer 3/4 teaspoon (0.5 to 1.0 grams) of chopped ginger in 1 cup of hot water for five minutes in a closed teapot. To be taken at least 3 times a day.
Luya or Ginger Tincture. Tincture is a more concentrated form than tea and may last longer for storage (3-6 months). Luya or ginger tincture is made by following the below steps;
Prepare by chopping luya or ginger (200 grms - dried or 300 grams - fresh) for every liter of desired preparation.
You may use as preparation vinegar, glycerol, distilled water or rum for alcohol based tincture (never use isopropyl, rubbing or any industrial grade alcohol)
Mix the luya or ginger with your preparation in a sterilized glass jar and seal it properly.
Keep the jar in a dark area for about 2 weeks, shaking the glass jar every day.
Filter with cheesecloth the luya or ginger liquid and transfer the tincture in a colored glass container.
Luya or ginger tincture may be taken 1 teaspoon 1- 3 times a day. diluted as tea or juice.
Luya or Ginger aromatic oil may be taken internally as mixed with foods, applied locally to affected area such as in rheumatism and arthritis or may be used as aromatic scents. Luya or ginger oil may be prepared as follows;
Prepare by chopping washed luya or ginger. Then let it dry.
Slightly bruise the dried luya or ginger and put it into a sterilized glass jar.
Heat to warm (do not boil) light oil then pour the oil to the sterilized glass jar making sure that the luya or ginger shreds are totally submerged. You may use olive, peanut, sunflower, safflower oil.
Let it cool away from direct sunlight then seal the jar tightly with a cork or a sealing cap.
Let it sit for 1 week in cool, clean place.
Filter with cheesecloth the luya or ginger shreds to make the preparation a clear oil.
Luya or ginger oil must be used for internal consumption within 2 months.
Luya Or Ginger Herbal Medicine Precautions, Side Effects
Although luya or ginger consumption is generally accepted as safe even for pregnant women and children. But it is also noted that excessive consumption may cause gastrointestinal upset.
Luya or Ginger anti coagulation action that prevents blood clotting may have an effect for person who are under blood coagulation therapy.
Medical Uses Of Malunggay_Health Benefits
Malunggay, combat malnutrition, used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron and protein
Malunggay - Anti infectious: Antibacterial; Anti Fungal, . In late 1940's, The Department of Biochemistry at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore (PLN Rao) have found that malunggay or Moringa Oleifera leaves contain a compound"pterygospermin" that is known in medical science as having antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti fungal properties.
Malunggay - Anti Cancer Malunggay or Moringa has been shown in studies to have an anti-tumor capacity. Moringa contains benzyl isothiocyanate. There are many studies that have shown this chemical and compounds derived thereof to have anti-cancer and chemoprotective capabilities. This chemoprotective aspect is critical for those who are battling cancer; this helps strengthen cells so that they can tolerate chemotherapy. Malunggay is also considered in the treatment of prostate cancer and skin cancer. (Ref: Fuglie LJ (2000) New Uses of Moringa Studied in Nicaragua. ECHO Development Notes #68, June, 2000. ttp://www.echotech.org/network/modules.php?
Malunggay - anti-inflamatory: Malunggay has been found to inhibit inflammation in a controlled scientific study conducted by Philippine DOST Scientists (Amelia P. Guevara, Carolyn Vargas and Milagros Uy). When an aquous seed extract of malunggay has been administered to a carrageenan induced inflammation, its was noted that the aquous seed extract of the Malunggay (Moringa Oleifera) inhibited the development of edema in ratpaw. The Malunggay is traditionally used to prevent and treat inflammations associated with rheumatism, arthritis and joint pains.
Malunggay - Reproductive health. Fuglie LJ (1999) The Miracle Tree: Moringa oleifera: Natural Nutrition for the Tropics has reported that Malunggay or Moringa Oleifera is widely believed to have an aphrodisiac action that enhances the sexual activity. Malunggay or moringa oleifera young leaves is also widely used to increase the flow of milk for lactating mothers.
Herbal Medicine Preparation
Malunggay as food. Malunggay pods may be eaten raw or may also be fried with peanut similar taste. Malunggay leaves and flower may also be cooked together with other vegetables and meat to form soups or viands.
Malunggay decoction for washing sores and wounds, Boil malunggay roots and let it cool to tolerable warm temperature and use it to wash wounds and sores. By gargling the Malunggay decoction, it may also be used to wash mouth sores and sore throats.
Malunggay poultice. Grounded Malunggay seeds, leaves and bark may be applied topically as poultice onto swollen flesh to relieve inflammation.
Malunggay oil may be taken internally as mixed with foods, it is known to be a powerful antioxidant even used by the early people from Egypt. Malunggay oil also known as Ben oil is widely used as oil base for perfumes and cosmetics. The oil is extracted from Malunggay seeds by pressing.