On the main Highway, 307, that runs from Chetumal to Felipe Carillo Puerto, and right before the turn off from Chetumal to Mahahual, is DelCafetal Moringa Farm. The farm is owned and operated by Carlos Morelos.
I had a chance to stop in and visit with him a couple of months ago, and I got a tour of his farm, and a crash course in the health benefits of Moringa.
Moringa, native to parts of Africa and Asia, is the sole genus in the flowering plant family Moringaceae. The name is derived from the Tamil word Murungai. It contains 13 species from tropical and subtropical climates that range in size from tiny herbs to massive trees.
The most widely cultivated species is Moringa oleifera, a multipurpose tree native to the foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India and cultivated throughout the tropics. M. stenopetala, an African species, is also widely grown, but to a much lesser extent than M. oleifera.
Moringa grows quickly in many types of environments.
Much of the plant is edible by humans or by farm animals. The leaves are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and minerals. 100g of fresh Moringa leaves have 8.3 g protein, 434 mg calcium, 404 mg potassium, 738 μg vitamin A, and 164 mg vitamin C.
Feeding the high protein leaves to cattle has been shown to increase weight gain by up to 32% and milk production by 43 to 65%.The seeds contain 30 to 40% oil that is high in oleic acid, while degreased meal is 61% protein. The defatted meal is aflocculant and can be used in water purification to settle out sediments and undesirable organisms.
Moringa cultivation is on the rise in Mexico and all across South America. There are claims that it is a profitable means of combating deforestation, but Moringa is not native to the forests of the New World. As of 2012 support for Moringa farmers is being offered by the Honduran federal government through the Secretary of Agriculture and by private foreign investment firms. The plant’s market potential is widespread given its easy growth and high nutrient content. As described below, the plant is valued for its leaves and high-protein seeds. It can also be made into defatted meal. Moringa oleifera silviculture is being promoted as a means to combat poverty and malnutrition.
Moringa oleifera is being cultivated in poverty-stricken nations, such as Niger, as a primary source of food and nutrients, and a source of income through sales due to widespread and global marketability.
In Haiti moringa is planted as a windbreak and to reduce soil erosion. The trees provide many products from oil to soil amendments (fertilizers) and teas made from the leaves.
|Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Moringa is that it has such incredible health benefits over a wide-range of health issues. Moringa oleifera has an impressive range of medicinal uses with high nutritional value. 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.|
Moringa oleifera is very important for its medicinal value. Various parts of this plant act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants, possess antitumor, antipyretic, antiepileptic, antiinflammatory, antiulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and antifungal activities, and are being employed for the treatment of different ailments in the indigenous system of medicine.
Because Quintana Roo has practically no pollution, Moringa grows in its purest state here in Mexico. Mr. Morerlos told me he noticed the change in the cattle on his farm, after he added Moringa to their diet. After he started using it himself because of a bad leg injury and other health problems, and it has helped him a lot.
Moringa is also a good for diabetes, and other health problems. I started taking Moringa after I visited the farm, and it has decreased my blood sugar( I am a diabetic), and also with circulation in my legs. I am a convert and will continue to take Moringa.
Thanks, Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina.