The sad and ugly truth is that clean and drinkable water is not present in many regions around the world, contributing towards a cycle of poverty and disease. Millions of people are spending their days trying to find drinkable water as contaminated water can bring life-threatening diseases.

But, there is a glimmer of hope – ancients have discovered a new type of water purifier! The ancient seed called Moringa was used by Egyptians to clear up muddy water, and later scientists discovered that the effects of Moringa are due to a protein that kills bacteria by gathering them into clusters. Amazing, isn’t it?

A team of scientists from Penn University have revealed how the protein kills bacteria. It fuses bacterial membranes together, so when their defenses are breached, the bacteria can easily be eliminated. The scientists also discovered that the seeds must be harvested in the rainy season, when they are at the peak of their powers. Scientists say that the plant can be grown anywhere, and besides the water purifying seeds, other parts of the plants are edible, making it a great nutritional source as well.

Moringa – The tree of life

The amazing Moringa tree is native to India, Pakistan, the Himalayan region, Africa and Arabia. It’s also known as drumstick tree or horseradish tree and it’s rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, beta-carotene, amino acids and phenolic acids.

Moringa offers numerous health benefits – it is a cardiac and circulatory stimulant, has antitumor, antiepileptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, diuretic, antioxidant, cholesterol lowering and anti-diabetic properties and also possesses antibacterial, hepatoprotective and antifungal properties.

The best thing is that the all of the plant’s parts are edible. Moringa’s leaves can be consumed in salads, drinks or eaten steamed, and its flowers are rich in minerals such as potassium and calcium. The young Moringa fruits can be eaten raw or prepared as green beans and peas, while fully grown fruits can be eaten fried. The fruits contain 40% of oil which can be used as cooking oil similar to olive oil. In addition, the peel can also serve as a sunscreen lotion.

According to several studies, moringa leaves have antitumor and anticancer properties due to the presence of niaziminin, and preliminary experiments have shown activity against the Epstein-Barr virus. Compounds in the leaf can regulate your thyroid function, and further research on the leaves has shown activity against Herpes simplex 1. Moringa also has antidiabetic properties which can help in cases of type 2 diabetes and obesity, and the hepatoprotective properties of the leaves could make it a staple component of many bitter formulas.

The leaves contain about 7 times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges, 4 times the calcium amount found in milk, 4 times the vitamin A in carrots, double the protein in yogurt, 25 times the iron in spinach and 3 times the potassium in bananas.

Moringa can treat various health problems such as ovarian cancer, arthritis, cancer, anemia, heart problems, kidney problems, scurvy, asthma and digestive conditions. It can detox the liver and improve its function. People from Africa call the tree “The Tree That Never Dies” thanks to its amazing durability.

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