Emerging Trends in Health and Wellness
WBAI, 26 June 2010-06-26
Muriel Glasgow (Founder, Moringa Partners)
My Topic was on – Emerging Trends in Health and Wellness through the use of local Pharmacopeia – Moringa Oleifera…etc, stressing its economic viability, potential to improve nutritional status, and it contribution to CO2 absorption due to its being one of the fastest biomasses on the planet viz its capacity to grow up to 20 feet in one year.
Some local names of Moringa – Swahili – Malungah; Philippines/Hawaii – Malunggay – Some parts of India, Guyana, Trinidad – SaiJan; Senegal – sapsap or neberdie like in Liberia and Sierra Leone, Haiti known as benzolive…
All parts of the tree are used – leaves, roots, seeds, – for example the seed approximates olive oil in oleic acid and stays rancid free for a long time.
Moringa is known as the most nutritious of the plant species. It has been used in Aryuvedic Medicine over centuries and has been said to treat more than 300 diseases. It contains all essential amino acids (unusual for a plant) as well as Vitamin A/Iron/Calcium and other micronutrients.
Not only does it improve nutritional status, Moringa is an economically viable venture for entrepreneurs. What makes it unique is its adaptabilty to harsh climates and its being one of the fastest growing biomasses on the planet, capable of growing 20 feet in a year. This is why it can contribute as well to CO2 absorption – a growing issue in global warming/climate change narratives.
The Forest Agency of Japan recentlypublished a study on Moringa and Global Warming.
Moringa Partners – http://www.moringa.groupsite.com are very interested in discussing some of the ideas and have shared elements of the research on our radio show – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/muriellas-corner – you can listen to the show on the link above.
The following stats might be of interest as regards carbon dioxide emission and absorption:
* 1 person emits 320kg of CO2/yr; it takes 23 Japanese Cedar trees takes 50 years to absorb this amount of CO2; it takes 2 Moringa trees 2 years to absorb this amount
* 1 family car emits 2300kg of CO2/yr; it takes 160 Japanese Cedar trees 50 years to absorb this amount of CO2; it takes 10 Moringa trees 2 years etc
* 1 household(??people) emits 6500kg of CO2/yr; 460 Japanese Japanese Cedar trees 50 years to absorb this amount of CO2; 26 moringa trees absorb this amount in 2 years etc
How to stop the leak in the Gulf of Mexico defies imagination – however to combat global warming – plant moringa.
British Petroleum might as a proactive measure engage in planting moringa trees accross the Gulf States and the coastal areas to combat any impending dangers that might be caused by climate change/global warming.
Muriel Glasgow MPH
26 June 2010