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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Difference Between Moringa Oleifera and Moringa Stenopetala (African Moringa)

Moringa Trees are grown in over 82 countries and is called by 200 different names. There are actually 13 main species, of which Moringa Oleifera is the one most often grown for cultivation commercially. The Moringa Oleifera leaves can be eaten everyday just like other foods. There is no known toxins in its leaves only in the root. It is given to pregnant moms to improve nutrition and milk production. It is given to babies to improve nutrition and weightgain. The leaves contain protein, iron, calcium, and all eight amino acids. It is a very complete food. When you dry the leaves they become even more nutritionally concentrated. When given to AIDS patients it improves their strength and energy. It helps the AIDS patient to live longer, with more strength.

I see on Amazon and Ebay they are selling the African Moringa leaf powder. So what is the difference between the two species?    The African species is called Moringa Stenopetala. I researched the subject for half a day reading several research papers.

Moringa Oleifera is cultivated more often because it is a smaller tree that grows faster than Stenopetala. It can be grown closer together. Its leaves are smaller, and it has a harder time in drought. The protein was lower than in the Stenopetala leaves, but much higher in Calcium. Most of the research data was on protein and calcium.

Now the soil a tree grows in can alter its nutritional content, so keep that in mind. How you process the leaves and store the product can lessen its values.

There is one research paper that links the Moringa Stenopetala to a problem with goiter. They are not sure about the link at this point . It could be another factor in the diet of the native people causing the goiter. It is only talk with nothing to really back it up. I have heard but could not find the research that the Stenopetala has more acid in the leaves. If any of you are researchers on this point, add your input. All the Moringa species have leaves with supercharged nutrition. As in anything else, you should vary your diet eating all kinds of different veggies. You want variety in your eating program. The moringa powder and a tree or two if possible is important for emergency survival. If I had to have one veggie in the house during a crisis, it would be Moringa leaves. 

I hope this helps in the question of difference between the two species. The most research has been performed on the Moringa Oliefera. It has had many research studies to back up its nutritional claims.
All for now...Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

I do not sell Moringa products as of Sept, 2016. I am working on a project that demands an unbiased viewpoint. 

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  • At August 10, 2011 at 10:40 PM , Anonymous moringa benefits said...

    Moringa is indeed beneficial; moringa oil is perfect for perfume/fragrance making and achieves a gorgeous hair. Moringa seeds are effective water purifier. It also helps strengthen immune system to fight against HIV and AIDS and prevents osteoporosis. Malunggay is also a natural source of energy booster.

  • At October 1, 2011 at 2:35 AM , Blogger Richard. said...

    Moringa is a useful health drink. It is best ingredient for diabetic medicine. Your blog provides good information.


  • At December 16, 2011 at 5:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    If Moringa is so healthy and readily available in Africa and Asia, why don't those people use it to treat their malnutrition and heal themselves from HIV etc.?

  • At March 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM , Blogger emjay said...

    With a little research, you'll 'find that that's exactly what they are doing with it. Feeding and healing themselves with Moringa. Many people have the conception that having a healthy diet will make people strong and healthy, when actually there are many other factors such as political suppression, civil wars, genocide, and an overall desecration of human rights. If you find these negative aspects in a country or city, you'll realize that it takes more than a Moringa tree to end malnutrition and the spread of HIV.

  • At November 3, 2012 at 9:20 PM , Anonymous Max said...

    We grow Moringa Stenopetala in Egypt,any one intrested in research please get in touch....

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