Apart from its nutritional value, the Moringa tree has many other benefits:
- The seeds make an excellent water purifier. The seed powder is used as a flocculent, an environmentally friendly alternative to aluminum sulfate. Particles and 90% – 99% of bacteria can be removed from water in this way. It can also be used to clarify sugarcane and honey. It is believed this flocculent effect can detoxify the body as well.
- The seeds make a natural antibiotic (Pterygospermin) – an aqueous seed extract can be as effective as Neomycin against topical Staphylococcus.
- The leaves can lower blood sugar levels in diabetics. The blood sugar lowering effect was found to be related to the quantities eaten. This effect may have more to do with supplying the body with the vitamins, minerals, and enzymes it needs to naturally self regulate its blood sugar levels, rather than actually having a direct “chemical” effect.
- Moringa can be used as a “green” manure. Densely planted 25 day old trees can be plowed into the soil (Project Biomass in Nicaragua). Foliar sprays made from the leaf extract reported a 25% increase in yield. The leaves can be used as a natural fungicide – digging the leaves into the ground before planting can prevent damping-off disease among seedlings. The leaves can also be used as a domestic cleaning agent. Crushed leaves are used to clean utensils and even walls.
- The leaves can be used to produce biogas.
- The bark is used to make medicines. The bark produces a sappy gum that can be used in cooking and food preservation. It can also be used to make a blue dye. The bark and gum can be used to produce tannin for tanning hides.
- The pulp can be used for making paper and rope.
- Moringa is used in the feeding of livestock. Just as with humans, Moringa provides an excellent nutritional base for animals that ensures a balanced diet, rich in essential nutrients and minerals.