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Monday, November 22, 2010

The Start of My Journey

Tess at 54

The Start of My Journey

           Edad50 is my journal, my life at age 50 to .........?
My past was a great novel, a classic theatre of my life, very unique..... very challenging. It was filled with sorrows and happiness, with trials and success, with shame and fame. It gave me strength and wisdom that made me of what I am now.

          Looking back, I thought then I was accomplished, I was strong...but no I'm mistaken, because  alone... I'm weak, I'm scared, I'm a coward....more often than not, my laughter and smiles scares me a lot....because despite the facade, sorrow, uncertainties and fear is hiding and deeply creeping in my soul.....

          Just like what my adorable grand daughter Shariita had written in her diary when she was still alive, "I'm not a singer but I could sing, I'm not a dancer but I could dance", isn't that apt to me?  I am not happy but I could smile?

          My journey, journey I have to brace... a life I have to live..

Malunggay for edad50

Horseradish tree

                  As one grows older, we start to experience different ailments, complains in our bodies and even fluctuations in our emotions. It’s part of adding years or age as what some of my batch mates usually say regarding our age now.  Some would begin to experience joint pains, different heart ailments, high blood, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and different signs of menopause. 

                  There are many over the counter relief for different ailments but it’s still best to be nutrition conscious. With our age now, diet and exercise should be watched carefully. It has been a habit for me to research and find ways on how to prevent or at least to avoid getting sick. I’m always interested to know the medicinal or nutritive value of many different vegetables that are common, cheap and available all year round. Very recently, malunggay was given a lot of publicity and attention.  Malunggay can be found in almost any Filipino backyard.  There are now malunggay capsules, tablets, tea, cosmetics mixed with malunggay , instant noodles with malunggay, biscuits and pandesal with malunggay. 

                You may be wondering what this malunggay I’m talking about is.  Malunggay is commonly called horseradish in English and the scientific name is Moringa oleifera. It is considered one of the most useful trees in the world because of its many uses. All the different parts of the tree can be used for food or medicine. 

               Malunggay is one of the richest plant sources of vitamins. It has:

*      Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) – prevent night blindness, promotes healthy skin, fights infections
*      Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
*      Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
*      Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
*      Vitamin B6 (Pyrodixine)
*      Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
*      Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) – maintains healthy gums, assists in healing wounds, helps body use iron
*      Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol) -  maintain strong bones and teeth
*      Vitamin K
*      Vitamin E – protect body against free radical damage to cells
*      Minerals  like:
§  Calcium
§  Copper
§  Iron
§  Potassium
§  Magnesium
§  Manganese
§  Zinc
                   There are reports that malunggay could help aid elderly people suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, liver spots on the skin, hair loss, lessened hearing, worse eyesight, slow reaction times and agility, reduced ability to think clearly, difficulty recalling memories, greater susceptibility to bone diseases such as osteoarthritis. 

                   Elderly sufferers of pneumonia experiences rapid breathing reduced appetite and reduce functioning. They tend to have lower body temperatures and infections that cause fever. Elderly who suffer urinary tract infection presents incontinence, confusion and may suffer from fall.  So to get rid of all these symptoms and ailments, they should take all the nutrients needed to prevent or at least lessen the occurrence of such. And all the important nutrients needed by a person suffering from these ailments are present in malunggay. 

                    Malunggay contains Vitamin C that helps support the body’s production of nitric oxide, which is critical to normal functioning of blood vessels. So the better your blood vessels work, the lower the risk of hypertension.

                   Increased consumption of dietary calcium has twice the benefits needed for smooth muscle relaxation and direct effect on blood vessels. The potassium content in malunggay is thought to act by increasing sodium excretion in the urine, which helps blood vessels dilate, changing the interactions of hormones that affect blood pressure. Malunggay also contain magnesium, zinc, Vitamin E along with other nutrients which takes part in decreasing the blood pressure.

                  Malunggay leaves and pods contain 90+ nutrients and 46 antioxidants but the leaves have more antioxidants than the other green leaves. In recent studies, researchers reported that Vitamin D is essential for the pancreas to be able to secrete insulin properly.  Individuals with the lowest vitamin D levels experience the worst blood sugar-handling problems and had a greater risk of developing diabetes. Malunggay has a rich source of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), Vitamins B1, B2, and B12, pantothenic acid, protein and potassium that help stimulate production of insulin within the body.  Vitamin A that is present in malunggay helps convert beta-carotene efficiently, which reduces the risk of blindness in diabetics.  Vitamin B 12 is effective in the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. Vitamin C prevents sorbitol accumulation and glycosylation of proteins, both of which are important factors in the development of diabetic complications such as cataracts. Vitamin E reduces oxidative stress, thus improving membrane physical characteristics and related activities in glucose transport. Magnesium helps in the metabolism of glycogen and works closely with vitamin B6 to help the metabolic process with the cell. Malunggay has all the nutrients needed to help diabetic patients control their blood glucose level.  

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Malunggay ( Moringa Oleifera)

                Monggo with Malunggay...YUMMY! That's our viand today. My bff Dolly brought me some Malunggay leaves the other day from  her backyard. Filipinos cook malunggay leaves and pods in many ways. You  can see malunggay in almost any Filipino backyard or garden. It is a highly nutritious vegetable tree and has a wide variety of uses.

                But what is Malunggay or Moringa Oleifera?  Malunggay or Moringa Oleifera is commonly known as kamunggay in Visaya, Marungay in Ilocano, Malunge in Pamapanga and Kalunggay in Bicol. In other countries, Moringa Oleifera in called Surajana in Punjabi, Murungai Maram in Tamil, sahjan in Hindi,  shojne danta in Bengali and Sajiwan or swejan in Nepal. The Thai's call it ma rum, Indonesians call it kelor and the Nigerians call it windi bundu. In Mandarin moringa is la mu and lat mok in Cantonese.

                  Moringa Oleifera native to India and is commonly known as horseradish tree. It  is a soft-wooded tree with corky bark and feathery leaves. The flowers are white, fragrant, nearly an inch wide and grow in clusters. The fruit is a nine-ribbed cylindrical pod about 15 inches long. while the seeds are three-angled, winged and yield a product called "oil of Ben" which is used to lubricate watches.

                Moringa leaves are in fact very rich in minerals, especially iron,calcium, phosphorous, and vitamins A,B,and C. Vitamin A is essential for the proper and healthy development particularly in children. Its deficiency may lead to inhibition of growth, deformation of bones and impaired visual function. Lack of vitamin A can also lead, to an increase in maternal mortality during pregnancy. Anemia is a major problem directly related to malnutrition and malaria. A proper dose or intake of moringa and iron can greatly help to strengthen the body's defenses and malnutrition. The beta-carotene in the leaves of Moringa also act as antioxidants.Antioxidants have the greatest impact on the damage caused by free radicals,only if ingested in combination with nutrients and a group of antioxidants. Antioxidants have the greatest impact on the damage caused by free radicals,only if ingested in combination with nutrients and a group of antioxidants.This is why the Moringa tea acts as an effective source of antioxidants than any other herbal tea or green tea. and here are some health benefits from drinking moringa leaves tea...
               - helps you lose weight.
               - helps to limit the growth of tumors.
               - helps strengthen the muscles of the eyes due to its high content of vitamin.
               - relieves fatigue and stress and get a good night's sleep.
               - prevents intestinal worms because of its strong detoxifying properties.
               - contributes to increasing the number of spermatozoa.
               - helps reduce mucus and relieves headaches/migraines
               - strengthens the immune system.
               - helps reduce the pain of arthritis
               - helps prevent osteoporosis
               - contributes to healthy skin 

                  From the Bureau of Plant Industry's report, Moringa leaves have the calcium equivalent of 4 glasses of milk, the vitamin C content of 7 oranges, potassium of 3 bananas, 3 times the iron of spinach, 4 times the amount of vitamin A in carrot and 2 times the protein in milk. No wonder, Filipino pregnant and breast feeding women were served or fed with soups and viands mixed with malungay to increase their production of milk and recover or prevent anemia.

                Moringa contains anti-cancer compounds (phytochemicals) that help stop the growth of cancer cells.It is said to be effective in treating ovarian cancer, among a host of other diseases like arthritis, anemia, heart complications,high blood,  kidney problems, scurvy, asthma, diabetes and digestive disorders (ulcer, gastritis, diarrhea, colitis, dysentery).

               Sheena doesn't like to eat mongo with malunggay before. She now eats malunggay with gusto after I told her the benefits of malunggay and how it will help her grow tall like her cousin Jovanii.