Cav Banana, et al

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You can email me directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com

We also offer Banana Chips, Coconurt  Sugar, Banana Chips, Pineapples, etc.

Size does matter in Cavendish Bananas

 

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Davao Philippines’Cavendish Bananas is known deliciously sweet.

  • Philippine is now the 2nd Largest Exporter of Bananas in the world.
  • The majority of these shipments are destined for the growing regional markets of China, the Middle East and, to a lesser extent, Russia to satisfy their demand for fresh produce
  • Exports of Philippine bananas for the last quarter of this year are expected to rise following China’s lifting of restrictions on Philippine exports early this month.
  • Below are the 15 countries that accounted for the highest dollar value worth of bananas exported from the Philippines during 2015:
  1. Japan: US$176.9 million (40.2% of total bananas imports)
  2. China: $109.2 million (24.8%)
  3. South Korea: $51.6 million (11.7%)
  4. Iran: $33.8 million (7.7%)
  5. United Arab Emirates: $19.2 million (4.4%)
  6. Saudi Arabia: $12.9 million (2.9%)
  7. Kuwait: $8.7 million (2%)
  8. New Zealand: $6.5 million (1.5%)
  9. Hong Kong: $5.2 million (1.2%)
  10. Singapore: $5.1 million (1.2%)
  11. Malaysia: $2.3 million (0.5%)
  12. Taiwan: $2.1 million (0.5%)
  13. North Korea: $1.7 million (0.4%)
  14. Bahrain: $1.1 million (0.2%)
  15. Qatar: $912,000 (0.2%)
  • Among the above countries, the fastest-growing consumers of Philippine bananas exports since 2011 were: Bahrain (up 822.2% in value), Saudi Arabia (up 638.1%), Malaysia (up 312.3%) and Kuwait (up 195.4%).Production system ranges from backyard to highly integrated operation with the latter catering to the export market.
  • Weak demand in the EU.
  • Total import of fruit by the Philippines from 2008 till 2013. The highest volume of imports occurred in 2012 reaching 240,477MT while the lowest was in 2008 to 187,265MT. The average annual growth rate was 3.68% during this time period.
  • Philippine farms produced a total of 8.65m tonnes of bananas valued at P117.15bn ($2.6bn) in 2013, down from a peak of 9.23m tonnes worth P108.13bn ($2.4bn) the previous year, according to PSA data. Concerted efforts over the past two decades to expand banana production have led to the commodity becoming the country’s most valuable crop as well as its most profitable agricultural export.
  • The past years, the yield dramatically been reduced due to destruction brought about by the strong typhoons that hit the country particularly the major producing areas in Mindanao. Another calamity was the most recent “El Nino.”  Nevertheless, these are not typical and Mindanao is not a typhoon belt.
  • Overall, the average annual growth rate was 0.26% and 16%, respectively for production and area for the six-year time period.
  • The farms are generally small in size (1-5 ha) with minimal care resulting to low yield.
  • Big farms are typically managed by Cooperatives, Organizations and Investment Companies

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This business walk an extra mile for its clients.  It literally exist to assist.

Interested importers can email us directly at sembawangtrading.co@gmail.com for further details.

 

Low Cost Commodity Trade Investment

I am facilitating export deal since 2006 after I learned commodity trading in Singapore through a Singaporean mentor. Since then, I was able to facilitate shipments of Cavendish Banana, Pineapple, Rice and other products for export mostly in Middle East countries.  I am also utilized in  feasibility/business plan making and other consultancy.

I guess my main capital are my sincerity and extra-mile service offer to my inquiring clients mostly from Middle East, Europe and Africa.  Of course my more than 10 years experience in the corporate sector and earlier background in Advertising is an edge as well.   As I am known  already by many buyers/importer,  my existing client is ordering asap for 1 – 20ft container load of  Philippine products (consolidated).   I was glad because my client order not only because of price but because they trust me.  Proof of past deal is available upon request.   I am excited because my client also orders Cavendish Banana and Pineapple in40ft container per fruit

– 13.5kg packing for banana with 1,520 boxes per container

– 12kg packing for pineapple with 1,560 per container

Click below for offer details for Cavendish Banana

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B-YQSw-FAasYYjZmZDMxYWMtNGFmNS00YjRjLThhZDItNWJjM2FjZjAwZGIy&hl=en

Click below for the offer details for Pineapple

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B-YQSw-FAasYNGYyNDhiYTctZmRhZS00N2ZhLWE4NGUtNTUyNDhhY2RiOGZk&hl=en

With my affiliation to direct manufacturers and farm-growers, I was able to quote lower price.   I can earn more but I need immediate financial assistance from an Investor or joint venture partner to finance the shipments and for my minimal operational expense requirement.    Pls refer to below link for the product offer website I am now doing (still in progress but an be viewed already)…

https://sites.google.com/site/homegrownphil/

Added to my service is a personalized monitor website where my clients can check on their orders and shipments schedules in the convenience of their own internet cellphone or laptop or PC wherever they are or whenever they want to check.  They could even check in even on a car or on plane.  Pls click to link below for sample site I intend…

https://sites.google.com/site/trademonitorboard/

This business is very lucrative with less capitalization requirement and controlled risk.   Rest assured that I will earn already earn after the first shipment.  But I need at least 3-5 shipments or after the repeat order to pay back my joint venture partner or investor his/her return on investment.  I am willing whatever it take or sign a contract but below amount to start right away…

US$1000 = first shipment 20ft container to Dubai (Philippine grocery products) plus registration and banking requirement for opening a corporate account), with potential order of Cavendish Banana and Pineapple.

**As I will ask for at least 50% down payment to buyer-importer (full payment against valuable/shipping documents), I am willing to accept less in the meantime.  Nevertheless, it will better if I get more as I need to pay the supplier and customs broker in advance to get the container and speed up the shipment with reliability and minimal risk.

I am willing to provide Business Plan if investor/joint venture will require.  Nevertheless, better if I will be given advance amount to immediately ship the needed 1-20ft container destination Dubai.  I can be contact directly at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

I earned through my blog posts

My blogs has earning potentials because I learned and discovered how SEO’s are doing to attract more readers and target customers.  I can do the same to those who are interested of my services.  Or whether you intend it for news, announcement, advertising, promotion, fund raising, social services, reach-out, religious… there is a technique what SEO are doing.

– Product/Services Offer

– Technical Support

– Lay-out

– Advise

– Other improvements

I can do the technical and other support but the blogger should focus and know what he/she want to achieve as this is not a magic thing as there is no short cut to success.

If someone needs or interested of my services, I could be reached directly at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

My other services includes: feasibility study and business plan making, graphic design and lay-out, corporate or personal video presentation or powerpoint, research, archiving, simple websites and blogs, etc.

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Cavendish Banana Import-Export Is Very Lucrative

If you are into Cavendish Banana or Premium Pineapple Import-Export Business, I lcan help you find the genuine end-seller so you can have the lowest possible price and best quality fruits you desire with consistency and reliability.

I am into Cavendish Banana export and I can lead an interested importer to genuine farms and/or cooperative where Dole, Delmonte, Chiquita and other known brands get their premium bananas and pineapples in the Philippines.

To avoid waste of time and money in the part of the importers/traders, I offer my services to deliver below results:

–  Reliability on Quality

–  Lower Cost

–  Monitoring the operations of your order

–  After Sales Service

–  Shipping Assistance

–  Price stabilization

–  Own Brand and Label

–  Quality Packing

–  Assured Quality Control

–  Risk and Damage Control

–  Goodwill relationship between importer and farm-owners and agencies involved like container providers, box maker, etc.

–  Avoid cheating in the part of supplier

–  Establishment of Importer’s monitoring office

– Document processing and registration

–  Other interest of importers

FACTS: Many of the visiting importers thought they already talk with the end sellers when they went to Philippines or province of Davao… they’re wrong! Commonly, they just meet with the local traders or middle-man type of company and the price they got is high.  This is a fact because farm owners are located in the far side of Mindanao Region seldom they face clients because their contact details are not found in the internet.  They could not be found in Davao City proper either – they are in the farms far outside the city proper.  That’s where I come in and I offer my services.  I could meet them for your, if you are interested.  Meeting them, I still need to travel both by plane from Manila (Luzon) to Mindanao, and travel by land around 120km (one of my trusted contact farm owners in Compostela Valley).  The location is somehow risky for foreigners but if a client insists, he can go with me at his own risk.  The location is very rural (banana plantations).

SPECIFICATIONS OF BANANAS:

I- Classifications of Our Bananas for Export:

1. Class A

a. 4,5, 6 Big Hand

b. 7,8,9  Small Hands

2. Class B

a.  4,5,6 Big Hands

b. 7,8,9 Small Hands B

3. Cluster Pack Class A

a. 4,5,6 Big Hands

4. Finger Pack

a. 4,5,6 Big Hands

II –     Weight per Box : 13.5 kilograms net

(we can also agree to other packing like 18kg box, etc.)

III –   Average Size of Bananas:

1.   Big Hands – Minimum of 7.5 Max of 12 inches in length

2.   Small Hands – Minimum of 6.5 Max of 7.5 inches in length

3.   Cluster Pack- Minimum of 7.5 Max of 12 inches in length

4.   Finger Pack – Minimum of 7.5 Max of 12 inches in length

IV –   Calibration:

1.   Big Hands – Minimum 39mm to maximum  47mm

2.   Small Hands – Minimum of 36mm to maximum of 39m

3.   Cluster Pack – Minimum 39mm to maximum  47mm

4.   Finger Pack – Minimum 39mm to maximum  47mm

V-     Leaves of Banana tree upon harvest: minimum of 5 leaves

VI –   Age of Bananas upon harvest:  9-11 weeks

VII – Average number of Banana per box: 76 to 88 pieces per box

VIII –    Packing Details: Banana are packed in an export standard corrugated box with PE foams and stickers

PRICING

We can provide Transparent Breakdown on pricing, or how price is get.

 

1.  Packaging materials and hauling cost per box

2.  Fruits storage & van handling

3.  Export processing & documentations

4.  Administrative expenses

5.  Overhead expenses

6.  Miscellaneous

7.  Total labor & materials

Add:

Fruit cost to get FOB shipping cost

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Container/Shipping cost to get C&F or CFR shipping cost (CIF is more expensive)

We can also refer you to our contact Forwarder for a more reliable monitoring and shipping services from port to your doorstep.  It’s just that Forwarder will charge their fees.

Note:  Price of fruits is higher during peak buying season (e.g. Christmas season, days or weeks before Chinese New Year and Iranian New Year)

DIRECTORY OF CAVENDISH BANANA FARMS:

I own

a directory of Cavendish Banana farms and other end supplier of fruits from the Philippines, which one could not find in the internet (I personally research it)

With this, I can reliably lead you to them upon you request.  I can even tour you to either known brand’s warehouse-farms or farms manage by Cooperatives.

Loading and Shipping

  • 1,540 boxes per container
  • 40ft Reefer Container
  • Loading Port:  Davao City Port
  • Can allow FOB and C&F (CIF – for confirmation as price is different and higher)
  • Shipping Lines: PIL, OOCL, MISC, Hanjin, etc (depending on what is available)
  • It takes around 15-18 days sailing time from Davao to other countries (depending on how far the country of destination is).
    • Weekly schedule is every Tuesday and Sunday

Hard to get container bookings for spot buying because shipping lines are now very strict and prefer those deals under a contract with DP.  They require immediate payment and  no longer agree to collect unless you are long time buyer and clients and known by them already for quite some time.

Documentation

  • Commercial Invoice
  • Bill of Lading
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Quality Control Documents
  • Others

Payment Terms

  • T/T or via Western Money Union (I could help arrange terms but usually they only agree to least 80% advance down payment against 20% upon sending of valuable documents)

Banking Details will be provided or Contact details if via Western Money Union

  • Some may allow L/C or Letter of Credit but has to wait a number of deliveries as test of reliability in the part of buyer

I can assist the buyer-importer they need to open a bank account in the Philippines.  Currently, it is advisable to open at Banco De Oro (Davao branch or Metro Manila branch).  More details will be provided upon request.

There’s more!  I can provide the details upon request to my direct e-mail: denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

From what I found out, cavendish banana import-export business is very lucrative (one will surely earn a lot).  But the one entering this business must learn not just how to earn but how it is from grassroots.  That’s how I can help but I need ample support.

America gives back

The fund raising drive resulted to an overwhelming text-message donations for American Red Cross for the earthquake victims of Haiti.  Even the atlethes and the first lady joined in the campaign. 

As report, the organization had collected pledges of $103 million, about $22 million of which came through the text-messaging program (as of late Sunday). The National Football League’s promotion of text-message donations during its weekend playoff games produced stunning results, with money “coming in at the rate of $500,000 an hour,” said Roger Lowe, a Red Cross spokesman.

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Moringa Oil as Biofuel is better than Jatropha

Jatropha was the toast in biofuel oil industry until moringa was discovered as better source.  No offense to propagators of jatropha but this is now the reality. This ain’t rocket science to figure it out.  All you need to do is read articles, books and video presentation related to moringa and jatropha.  In comparisson, Jatropha has a poisonous part to be left when you get the oil. It’s like a nuclear waste, where will you dispose the waste?”   As to Moringa (Malunggay), all the parts of the tree are useful and highly benefitial with income potential. The most beneficial part of malunggay is nutrition. And as to my research, moringa could prove to be better in terms of maximizing what we can get out of the plant. This is shown by the number of medicinal benefits and uses that Moringa has over jatropha. 

Recent Development on Demands

The discovery resulted to a growing demand for Moringa oil or oil extracted from the seed of the moringa (malunggay) tree in the US for use as biodiesel.  Europe also starts to source out.   One company to require is North American Biofuels Inc.  Since January of 2008, they started to tap moringa oil for its biodiesel needs.  But there are others who joined the trend (both big and small business players in the import-export sector, farming, cooperatives and processing plant).  There were reports that there will be giant moringa processing plant to be established in Mindanao and Visayas Philippines (American Company).  On around 2009, there were about more or less 200 biodiesel marketing companies that use soybean oil as biofuel in the US alone. In the next 50 years, it was estimated that Japan and Korea will be the largest markets for Moringa oil as biodiesel.  

On around 2008, a number of MIT graduate students from USA studied the potentials of moringa tree directly in the Philippines.  They made a remarkable discovery.  Their study in PowerPoint format is available for free in the internet.  See below outline: 

Moringa Oil processed as biodiesel has the following properties:

  1. Iodine number better than that of regular diesel, indicating fuel stability.
  2. A cetane number indicating good ignition behavior.
  3. A cold filter plugging point indicating suitability even in winter.  

Income Projection for Farmers:

For a 10-ha moringa farm, a farmer could earn Php2 million during the first year (equivalent to around US$43,478), Php3 million in the next three years (equivalent to around US$65,217), and Php4 million in the next four years (equivalent to around US$86,956). In addition, the meal, or sapal, of malunggay seeds may be used as livestock feed (all parts has its use and income potential). 

Other Nutritional Benefits:

  • Benefitial to mothers in need to breast feed their baby.  The moringa leaves were found with lactating capability for mothers as a supplement to induce increased milk production.  Traditionally, leaves are prepared as a soup or mixed in other food for the benefit of either the mother or the child.  Proven as cheapest way to control malnutrition and hunger among poor families.  Already been introduced in Africa and was proven very effectve.
  • Moringa can also be used to increase sperm production in infertile men.
  • Erosion control and benefits the global warming campaig.
  • Roots can be used to treat snake bites.  

According to a Philippine Bureau of Plant Industry study:

  • (Moringa) has seven times the vitamin C in oranges
  • Four times the calcium in milk
  • Four times the vitamin A in carrots
  • Twice the protein in milk
  • Three times the potassium in bananas

Malungai/Malunggay is planted throughout the Philippines in settled areas at low and medium altitudes… The plant is a small tree, 8 meters or less in height, with corky bark and soft, white wood. The leaves are alternate, usually thrice pinnate, and 25 to 50 centimeters long. There are three to nine leaflets on the ultimate pinnules. These leaflets are thin, ovate to elliptic and 1 to 2 centimeters long. The flowers are white and 1.5 to 2 centimeters long, on spreading panicles. The pod is 15 to 30 centimeters long, pendulous, three-angled and nine ribbed. The seeds are three-angled, and winged on the angles.

We need Investor/Partner to achieve the desired income/profit.  If you are interested, you may inquire at denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

I can help Haiti through Moringa

I know I can do something…

The effects of the earthquake is undescribable.  But there is hope and there are cheaper ways to control hunger and other basic needs, yet eco friendly and practical.  As there are so many casualties, the basic needs is what I intend to offer, if I be given the support/partnership by NGO and funding institution.   Moringa has already proven its worth and effectiveness in Africa and Asia and India, rest assured that it will help control hunger and malnutirition in Haiti.  I can create jobs as well… opportunities can be found on below link:

https://fyi09.wordpress.com/2010/01/15/moringa-oil-as-biofuel-is-better-than-jatropha/ 

I can facilitate both the export of moringa products, primarily for hunger/malnutrition control.  It can also be of use to for the following:

– water purification

– healthy food option 

– alternative source of fuel (biofuel/biogas – moringa oil).   

“Moringa” or “Malunggay” as popularly known in the Philippines is something to consider in times as these in Haiti.  It will be for necessity and longterm benefit and has proven capacity to control hunger, malnutrition, medicinal/suppliment-vitamin, alternative fuel/oil (biogas), with purification substance for water, better raw materials for cosmetics, animal feeds, etc.   Please click below link for my detailed explanation:

Moringa Facts and Benefits:

https://fyi09.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/moringa-facts-and-benefits/

The Science behind Moringa

https://fyi09.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/the-science-behind-moringa/

Greener Pasteur

https://fyi09.wordpress.com/2010/01/08/greener-pasteur/

The Wealth Behind Moringa Tree

https://fyi09.wordpress.com/2010/01/05/wealth-behind-moringa/

More details are available upon request. 

For details and inquiries, I could be reach through my direct e-mail denissalvatierra@yahoo.com

Moringa Facts and Benefits

Basically, you can do a lot with moringa leaves.  What makes it special is its better nutritional value as it is found to have 26% “crude protein” and rich in Bitamina A, C, iron and potasyum compared to its counterpart organic raw materials or products.  It ain’t rocket science to figure it out.  Practically, you can do it in the convenience of your kitchen or home, or establish a small business through it.  Here are some of its benefits: 

  • Can be mix with other vegetable as egg plant, ampalaya, squash and related with sauteed with fish or pork.  In the Philippines, we call these recipe as “pakbet,” “diningding,” and “bulanglang.” (Actually, there are lots of recipe using moringa leaves and you can experiment yourself if you want)

  • Can also be mix with meat as chicken, beef or pork with cut into big cubes green papaya.  We call this recipe as, “tinola.”  This is a type of soup dish.
  • Aside from the fresh leaves and young pods, other parts of moringa are useful as a human food.  The dried leaves can be crushed or pounded (and be filtered to remove leaf stems) and then be added to sauces at the same time as other condiments or vegetables are added. 
  • Practically, you can also use the flowers in various cooking recipe or just placed in hot water for 5 minutes to make a natural tea.
  • The pods can be harvested for their seeds/peas, which can be used as any other green pea, from the time they appear until they turn yellow and their shells begin to harden. After removing the seeds/peas and white flesh from the pod, put them into a strainer and wash them. They may also be boiled for a few minutes; then, drained and boiled again in fresh water.
  • The roots of the 60cm tall-seedling can be made into a sauce. The root is ground up after the root bark is completely removed (as it contains harmful substances). After adding vinegar and salt, the sauce is ready to serve; however, it should not be eaten in excess.  It is best stored in refrigerator.
  • Dried moringa leaves in rough powder form can be mix in bread or baked products for added nutritional value and unique selling proposition.
  • Dried moringa leaves can also be turn into moringa tea or coffee mix
  • Powderized form or factory processed leaves can also be used as industrieal ingredients for animal feeds, cosmetics addetives, food for human consumption, etc.
  • Moringa granules for cooking and food processing helps
  • Moringa Juice
  • Moringa oil
  • We intend to develop a vegimeat (meat alike that taste and looks like cut or cube pork but actually it’s a vegetable made of processed moringa). 
  • We also intend to develop commercial food and drinks alike for craving customers and healthy options. We still need investors for this project.  Just immagine a cola soft drinks, chocolate bars, tooth paste, cooking oil, food snack, cereal and cosmetics that looks very much like the known brand yet in reality a healthy option made of processed moringa.
  • There’s more.

 Moringa as vitamin and medicine

  • Moringa can be turned into a vitamin capsule as it helps immensely in raising semen count for men
  • Moringa help various ailments and intoxicate human or animal body.  Some of the remedies are described below.  However, there is no guarantee that they will work for every case.

– Headaches = rub leaves against the temple

– Bleeding from a shallow cut, wounds and insect bites = dress the wounded part with fresh leaves

– Bacterial or fungal skin complaints = apply affected areas with leaves extracts

– Gastric ulcers and diarrhea = drink leaf tea

– Malnutrition = eat Malunggay products

– Breast feeding = drink flower juice to improve the quality and flow of mother’s milk

–  Urinary problems = drink flower juice

–  Worm, liver and spleen problems and joint pains = eat raw pods

–  Arthritis, rheumatism, gout, cramp, STD, urinary problems, epilepsy, and boils = apply either roasted and pounded seeds mixed with coconut oil to problem area or seed oil

–  The roots and the bark can also resolve the above ailments but are more concentrated.  Hence, much care is need if they are to be used as medicines.

Natural Pesticide

Aside from utilizing the seed-cake as fertilizer, Malunggay leaves can be dug into the soil before planting to prevent the damping off disease (Pythium debaryanum) among the seedlings.

Domestic Cleaning Agent

Crushed leaves can be used to clean cooking utensils or even walls.

Water Purifier

Using Malunggay to purify water replaces chemicals such as aluminum sulphate which are aside from being expensive are also dangerous to people and environment. Seed powder can be used as a quick and simple method for cleaning dirty water and can

remove 90-99% of bacteria contained in water. 20 litres of water can be treated in the following way:

  1. Remove the wings and brown seed coat.  Discard any seed kernels that have dark spots or any other signs of damage.
  2. Pound the kernels to a fine powder.
  3. Add 2 grams (2 small spoons) of powder to 1 cup of clean water.  Pour into a bottle and shake for 5 minutes.
  4. Filter the solution through a clean cloth into the bucket of dirty water that is to be treated.
  5. Stir the water quickly for 2 minutes and slowly for 10 to 15 minutes.  Do not use metal implements.
  6. Leave the bucket undisturbed for one hour or until the water becomes clear and the impurities have sunk to the bottom.
  7. Filter the water through a clean cloth.
  8. Boil the water before drinking.

Water from varying sources will need different amounts of powder because of the impurities present will not be the same.  Both the seeds and the seed powder can be stored but the solution made in stage 3 should not be stored. It should be freshly made every time water is to be purified.

Moringa Oil

The mature seeds can be pressed for oil extraction. If a press is not available, the seeds can be browned or roasted, ground, and added to boiling water. Oil is then separated when it floats to the surface. The seed-cake left from the extraction can still be used for water treatment.

Animal Fodder 

Cattle, sheep, pigs, goats and poultry browse the bark, leaves, and young shoots of Malunggay. The best diet for pigs is 70% Malunggay, 10% Leucaena, and 20% other leaves. If trees are intended for animal fodder, it is useful to prune them to 4m high; otherwise, they should be pruned to 6m so harvesting for human consumption can be easily carried out.

 

 

The science behind moringa

Excerpt article by By Chris Maughan 
http://www.newtimes.co.rw/index.php?issue=1367&article=2681

They’re calling it a miracle tree. Moringa is all the agricultural rage in Rwanda now that the government has funded the planting of 400,000 trees in cooperation with the World Food Programme. The recent joint initiative comes on the heels of several investments in Moringa by many of Rwanda’s African neighbours.

The plant is said to be an incredible source of energy, excellent feed for livestock, a powerful antibiotic, and a miracle medical cure. It almost seems too good to be true.  Indeed, there are researchers who have said that some of the incredible claims as to moringa’s health benefits warrant further study.

“There has been a lot of hype on moringa,” says John Kendall, a Canadian researcher studying the plant’s ecological potential.

While there is not sufficient evidence to back up every single claim that’s been made about the plant, many of them are supported by research that points to a science of moringa that’s tried and true.

Juvenal Kanani, deputy dean of agriculture at the National University of Rwanda, says that moringa’s potential as a source of food is largely related to its high concentrations of nitrogen.

“It’s an element that constitutes muscle tissue… and it’s also an element that helps with protein synthesis,” he says, explaining that nitrogen-rich food has an even greater impact on the health of livestock.

“For monogastric animals like humans, nitrogen is very important; but ruminants like cows, sheep, and goats, can use nitrogen even more.” Kanani also points to concentrations of carotene to explain moringa’s reputation for having great nutritional value.

“When you analyse it for vitamins, you can find signs [that it contains much] carotene,” he says. Carotene was proven to ward off cognitive decline in a study at Harvard Medical School last year. Kanani says it also helps the body synthesize vitamin A, which is essential in maintaining ocular health and a strong immune system.

In a recent report from The Philippines’ Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), researchers claim that moringa leaves contain four times the amount of vitamin A found in a carrot.  But the scientific support for moringa’s nutritional benefits doesn’t end there. Kanani says the plant also contains a lot of calcium and phosphorous.

“Calcium is very important because it constitutes what’s in our bones. The more calcium you have, the more you are protecting your bones.” Kanani adds that breastfeeding mothers who ingest moringa have even been found to produce better quality milk as a result of increased calcium in their diet. The BPI report found that moringa leaves contain the calcium equivalent of four glasses of milk.

Phosphorous, meanwhile, helps the body process calcium more efficiently.
“When phosphorous [levels] are not high enough, animals can not [process] calcium very well,” says Kanani.

Moreover, phosphorous deficiencies can be dangerous and are commonly seen in malnourished patients. They can cause muscle-growth problems and low white blood cell counts that leave people physically weak and unable to recover from illnesses.

Not only does moringa help strengthen the immune system, it also can act to prevent illness. A 2004 report from Switzerland’s University of Lausanne found an as-yet undiscovered chain of amino acids in moringa seeds that suggest the plant has antibiotic properties in addition to health benefits. Researchers placed the amino acids in isolation with e. coli bacteria and watched as they killed off bacteria cells.

“Moringa seed kernels, pounded into a powder, can be mixed with even very turbid water and, after stirring it for ten minutes, all the particles in the water will coagulate, binding together, and sink to the bottom,” explains Lowell Fuglie, an American moringa expert working with the Global Initiative for the Advancement of Nutritional Therapy.
“Since the bacteria in the water is attached to the particles, the result is clear water up to 98% free of bacteria.”

Fuglie says there may even be a scientific basis to recent claims that it can help patients living with HIV. Some researchers have written this off as rumour, but Fuglie suggests they may have dismissed the idea too quickly. He says there’s a lot of research yet to be done.

“The high selenium content in moringa leaves is a subject demanding research, as selenium seems to have a very significant impact on reducing the effects,” he says. 

“Studies have shown that HIV patients given moringa leaf powder every day did enjoy greater appetites and weight gain.”

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