Peruse the aisles of your nearest Natural Health Foods shop and see if you can find malunggay pills. If this superfood has not hit the States yet, guaranteed it will make an appearance within the next decade.
Malunggay (Moringa oleifera) is a tree found in the tropics with small green leaves used to combat malnutrition and for various herbal medicines. It has been reported to contain 7xs more vitamin C than an orange, 4xs the calcium of milk and 2xs the protein, 4xs the vitamin A of carrots, 3xs the potassium of a banana as well as a source of iron. Malunggay is also the ultimate ‘anti-‘ drug: antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, anticancer and anti-inflammatory. While malunggay leaves are no quick cure for an unhealthy lifestyle, my hardworking 62-year-old supervisor Ma’am Rita swears that the malunggay tea she drinks every morning is the source of her unyielding strength.
Here in Odiongan the leaves can be ground up and made into a pill or mixed into soup.