Moringa could be ‘Tree of Life’ for developing countries
A prolific plant that grows in Nicaraga may be the answer to helping the poor country and others like it develop.
Moringa Oleifera grows to be a 20-foot tree if it is not pruned. In Nicaragua, it grows in plantations, along the streets and in backyards. The leaves are protein-packed and offer vitamins C, A and E, calcium, potassium, iron and all necessary amino acids.
When mashed into a cake, the seeds can purify water. Nicaragua’s water is poorly sanitized and waterborne illnesses are vast.
Every part of the plant is beneficial — even the stems, which are used to feed livestock.
People who are aware of moringa’s nutrition benefits use the leaves in their tea; moringa powder can be mixed into any kind of food.
But aside from the health benefits, moringa production can provide an economic boost. Workers are needed in moringa plantations and the factories that produce moringa oil and capsules.
Most people, however, are uneducated about moringa’s benefits. The diet of Nicaraguans consists of heavily fried fatty foods and soda pop.
Despite that, Marvin Ramirez, an agriculturist and moringa expert, is optimistic about the plant.
“This plant could be the answer for Third World countries to help them to develop,” he said. “God created everything perfect, and in the Good Book was talked about ‘The Tree of Life.’ Perhaps this could be it.”