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Moringa Research Page

April 11, 2011

We have added a new page to our Moringa Blog. THE GOOD NEWS, the Research Page will be updated on a regular basis until we have posted all of the recent research that is available. THE BAD NEWS, we have collected  280 reasearch abstracts, however, they must be reformatted to work on the wordpress blog. So, check-in on a regular basis and see what research updates have been added.


March 8, 2011

Nanoparticles using Moringa?

My first thought was you have got to be kidding. In the past couple of years we at Trees for Life have seen Moringa research covering everything from diabetis to ulcers, animal feed to water purification; and food supplements for lactating mothers to cancer recovery.  But in nano technology?  – read on.

Biosynthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using Moringa oleifera Leaf Extract and Its Application to Optical Limiting

Authors: Sathyavathi, R.; Krishna, M. Bala Murali; Rao, D. Narayana

Source: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Volume 11, Number 3, March 2011 , pp. 2031-2035(5)


The Development of biologically inspired experimental processes for the synthesis of nanoparticles is evolving into an important branch of nanotechnology. The work presented here with the biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles using Moringa oleifera leaf extract as reducing and stabilizing agent and its application in nonlinear optics. The aqueous silver ions when exposed toMoringa oleifera leaf extract are reduced resulting in silver nanoparticles demonstrating the biosynthesis. The silver nanoparticles were characterized by UV-Visible, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. TEM analysis shows a dispersion of the nanoparticles in a range of 5-80 nm with the average around 46 nm and are crystallized in face centred cubic symmetry. To show that these biosynthesized silver nanoparticles possess very good nonlinear properties similar to those nanoparticles synthesized by chemical route, we carried out the Z-scan studies with a 6 ns, 532 nm pulsed laser. We estimated the nonlinear absorption coefficient and compare it with the literature values of the nanoparticles synthesized through chemical route. The silver nanoparticles suspended in solution exhibited reverse saturable absorption with optical limiting threshold of 100 mJ/cm2.

I guess that there always has to be a first before there can be a second but who would have guessed that, Moringa could be an agent in Nano technology research?



February 24, 2011


Trees for Life hosted a recognition luncheon on Valentines Day to honor our wonderful volunteers.

Pat Felton and David Kimble recognize Momtchil Borrisov for his volunteer work at Trees for Life.

Trees for Life – Volunteers – -Nancy Benefiel, Momtchil Borrisov, Kelly & Maria Brown, Karen Carney, Marti Coulson, Karen & Richard Crowson Diana Cubbage, Shipra Deori, Jenice Duong, Lee Earnest, Mark Earnest, Martha Fair, Richard & Joann Farnsworth, Emily France, Dorothy Haner, Jon Harvell, Ron Helton, Joanette Hickey, Tat Hidano, Nicole Hoyt, Max Johnson, Shiela Kumar, Pamela Larkin, Ken Larson, Aimee Leisy, Hector Lorca, Chuck Macy, Ken Mastroly, Marjorie McClure, Jack Murphy, Mary Politt, Mattie Predmore, Amanda Roadhouse, Adam Smith, Linnel Steib, Jenny Stover-Brown, Clara Stover-Brown, Molly Stover-Brown, Dow Summers, Gayla Sustar, Jason Vandecreek, Daniel VanSickle, Doug & Janet Webb, and Margalee Wright.


February 15, 2011



Hardly a week goes by that Trees for Life does not get a call wanting to know where you can purchase Moringa leaves, Moringa powder, Moringa oil or Moringa products. Considering our 25 years relationship with Moringa it is an inquiry that we love to have. To save you a little time here is a partial list of companies doing business in the US. Trees for Life does not endorse or recommend any vendor or company, we only endorse the Moringa tree itself. This is probably not a complete listing of companies in the US, but, you can do your own Google search for Moringa products. If you are a company or know of one that is not listed please respond by comment so it can be added to the list.

The work of Trees for Life is made possible by the generosity of individual donors. Please consider making a donation to support  the Moringa research projects coordinated by TFL .


Moringa 4 All

3307 Glendale Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90039

(818) 983-8833

Z Natural Foods, LLC

991 Stinson Way #407

West Palm Beach, FL 33411

(888) 963-6637

Zija International

684 S. 400 West, #100

Lindon, UT 84042

Corporate Office (801) 494-2300

Direct Sales( 620) 245-4782

Greenhouse Products LLC

430 N. Catalina Avenue #1

Pasadena, CA 91106

(701) 214-5304

Moringa For Life, LLC

2446 Green Hills Way

Vista, CA 92084

(760) 806-2669

Moringa Farms

P.O. Box 55444

Sherman Oaks, CA 91413

(818) 995-1185

Hidaago Foods

1415 2nd Ave. #2005

Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 792-9895




February 11, 2011

The Moringa tree has become so popular and now has such name recognition that the Centara Hotel Corporation has chosen the name to represent its newest  5 star facility. The Moringa Resort and Spa will offer 280 rooms and 70 pool villas and is set to open in December 2012. The resort will be set on a freshwater lake and in addition to its athletic training facilities, pools, and other amenities will feature a 16 room spa, 4 restaurants and international conference facility. The Moringa Resort and Spa will be located in the Patong District and is situated in South Patong on the Patong Beach on Phuket Island in Thailand.


February 8, 2011

Sophie Oppenheimer, MS, MPH












Sophie Oppenheimer will act as Moringa research collaborations coordinator for TFL in several developing Moringa projects. Sophie will coordinate the development of three Moringa projects: (1) the study of the links between Moringa leaves and type II diabetes mitigation, (2) the study of the biosorbent removal of effluents from ground water, (3) the use of bioactive Moringa seed cake extract in goat and goat milk production.

Sophie earned her dual Master’s degrees in Public Health (Epidemiology/Giostatistics) and Food Policy and Applied nutrition from Tufts University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Bolder. Sophie has worked with Trees for Life International since 2001. She also spent one year as a Behavior Interventionist for Inclusive Education and Community Partnership (IECP), has worked for two years as an intern with the Positive Deviance Initiative, and recently completed a program evaluation for a fuel-efficient cook stoves program in Kenya with the International and Small Group Tree Planting Program (TIST). She is interested in a variety of health issues, with particular focus on international nutrition interventions, food security, community-driven health initiatives , and behavior and social change models.

The work of Trees for Life is made possible by the generosity of individual donors. Please consider making a donation to support this important Moringa research.


January 27, 2011

I received this information from an email forwarded to Trees For Life from Dr. Jed Fahey, Moringa Researcher and author. Moring oleifera: A Review of the Medical Evidence for Its Nutritional, Therapeutic, and Prophylacatic Properties, Part 1, Jed W. Fahey, Sc.D.

The original email is from Vilaiwan Sunthorn, author of a book about Moringa in Thailand. Vilaiwan had been invited to be a Moringa specialist advisor to the science students at Sathatham High School in Phangna Province, Thailand. Thanks to her knowledge of Moringa and dedication to her students a number of them recently won gold medals in several different research competitions in Thailand. They then submitted their research for competition at The First AMRON International Conference where they were awarded gold medals. Their research studies covered a variety of medical problems. Studies were conducted with patients suffering from acid reflux, artery cancer, bone fractures, chronic allergies and post cesarean surgery. Using the inspiration gained from Dr. Fahey’s work, “the students approached a study population who were given introductory education on potential medical benefits of Moringa in treating their various conditions. Of this control population, approximately 70% were very receptive to the information and achieved satisfactory improvements in their conditions, whereas 30% viewed the use of Moringa with suspicion and thus either declined or were not committed in the intake  and achieved poor results.

Congratulations: Vilaiwan and students.


January 18, 2011

Lately I have been wondering why, why it has taken so long for Moringa to be noticed by western cultures and for those cultures to become interested in adopting the plant for use in their diets. In most of its 26 years Trees for Life has been a proponent of the Moringa Tree. During this time we have seen it spread to numerous countries in the plus or  minus 10 degree belt of the equator where it thrives. Internationally, there are now hundreds of Moringa organizations and networks around the world with thousands of members dedicated to the planting, growth and consumption of the Moringa tree.

 In “developed” countries in Europe and the US awareness of the Moringa tree really started to expand after the Discovery Channel aired its special documentary approximately 10 years ago. That prompted numerous articles in newspapers and magazines. Within the past couple of years the expansion of the internet and social media sites which now have daily postings of Moringa updates from around the world attest to the public awareness of Moringa. On Earth Day 2008 the National Institute of Health (NIH) named Moringa as plant of the year. In naming the Moringa as plant of the year NIH again pointed out the great nutritional benefits of the Moringa tree: 7 times the vitamin C of oranges, 4 times the calcium of milk, and twice the protein of yogurt and all of the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents the body requires plus all essential amino acids.

So, where am I going with this? In about this same time period the Journal of the American College of Nutrition published a research article noting the changes in USDA Food Composition Data for 43 Garden Crops. The article mentions considerable loss of nutrient levels in the 43 garden crops over a 50 year period but an even greater loss in farming crops such as wheat, corn and rice. The authors (Davis, Epp and Riordan) stated, “refined sugars, separated fats and oils and white flour and rice have all suffered losses much greater and broader than the losses suggested here for garden crops …. thus, for those concerned about nutrient losses, the most important measure is to partly replace these known-depleted staples with more nutrient-dense whole foods, especially vegetables, fruits, whole grains and nuts”. It has also been published in articles that in the past 40 years our average adult caloric intake has gone from 1500 calories a day in the 1970’s to over 3600 a day in 2010 in this country (NIH). We have become a nation, over-fed and under-nourished; with a national obesity problem that is having a growing an economic and health impact on our society. 

To me one of the best solutions is Moringa. Monica G. Marcu, Phar.D., Ph.D., points out in Moringa:  An Introduction, in looking at what Moringa would bring to the Westerners’ Table: “Concentrated vitamins, minerals, all necessary protein constituents, beneficial fats, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory substances, all in a readily absorbable form and easy to digest = an energy food. Tasty but with very little sugar and salt”. Moringa is as Dr. Marcu points out is a “super-food”, it is unique because in even small amounts it can supply all of the vital nutrients the body needs with very few calories. This may be starting to sound like a commercial “lose weight – feel great” use Moringa. In reality Moringa does offer the western diet a nutritional balance that is too often missing.


January 6, 2011

What is your Moringa story? Did you grow up in an area where Moringa was grown and used on a regular basis, were  you in the Peace Corp or with an NGO that helped establish Moringa farms or cooperatives, have you been involved with Moringa as a biofuel or livestock feed? We would like to hear your story and how you use our favorite plant.

 Email me at:

 About 18 months ago I became a volunteer at Trees for Life. At that time I got involved in the Moringa information program and this September I became responsible for the three Trees for Life blogs. My interest in Moringa went from an abstract interest of gathering educational, research and health related information to one of personal interest and application. The more articles I read about the amazing properties and  the anti-inflammatory aspects of Moringa the more interested I became in how it might work on the arthritis in my shoulders. After reading the emails that I had received from Moringa users and looking at the numerous Moringa based products, I decided it was test time. I first met with my physician regarding getting off of the 6 prescriptions that I had taken for the past several years. As I began taking Moringa he gave me a schedule for gradually phasing out most of the medications I had been on. After reading numerous articles I had decided to give myself a three month trial but by end of the third week was starting to get discouraged. I had noticed that my back was not stiff when I got up in the morning (at age 68 that’s not a bad thing in itself) but I still had not had any noticeable change in the arthritis in my shoulders except the number of pain pills that I took had dropped to almost zero. Suddenly during the fifth week it was like magic, within that one week period the aching, stiffness and pain was gone. Now into the third month the pain and stiffness has never returned and I can assure you that I plan on taking Moringa for a very long time.

 If you are considering using Moringa in place of any medical prescription or as a means of phasing out prescriptions, be sure to consult with your physician first. Here are some of the articles and books that I read that convinced me to try Moringa because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

 Anti-inflammatory Properties of Moringa Oleifera


 Moringa oleifera: A Review of the Medical Evidence for Its Nutritional, Therapeutic, and Prophylactic Properties. Part 1. Jed W. Farley,


Miracle Tree by Monica G. Marcu, Pharm.D., Ph.D,

Moringa – An Introduction, Monica G. Marcu, Pharm.D., Ph.D,

Food to Fuel: The Vast and Varied Uses of Moringa

December 16, 2010

Trees for Life has been a promoter of the Moringa plant for the past 25 years. In that period we have seen it spread through India, Africa, Central America, Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia. It is if this tree that dates back thousands of years has been rediscovered. During this period we have seen the popularity and utilization of the plant expand from a food source primarily for individual families in developing countries to the development of large-scale Moringa farms in India, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, the Philippines and Australia for commercial usage and for export. In the last few years considerable growth has occurred in the production and utilization of Moringa for the nutritional markets in western countries and for biofuel production where government sponsored programs have been implemented in India, Kenya, Ghana and the Philippines.

Moringa oleifera has always been considerd one of the most nuterint rich and useful trees available. There is an often quoted satement that almost every part of the Moringa tree can be used for food or has some other useful properties. The chart below can’t help but give you a greater appreciation of the vast and varied uses of the Moringa tree and its potential impact.

Foidl N., Makkar, and Becker K. 2001. The potential of Moringa oleifera for agrcultural and industrial uses.