September 12, 2007
Malunggay works wonders for men bothered by low sperm count
Men bothered by low semen count and reduced motility that bar them from siring offspring will soon have to gobble up the cheap fruit of malunggay, which is now enjoying a big demand on account of its recently-discovered high micronutrient content.
A recent study conducted by experts and reported by Dr. Vivencio Mamaril of the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) showed that the fruit of malunggay, which is also known globally by its scientific name Moringa oleifera Lam, helps immensely in raising semen count.
By the same token, consuming the malunggay fruit leads to higher motility or semen movement, which translates into increased opportunity for the semen to fertilize an egg.
Previously, only the leaves of malunggay had gained a following for their high micronutrient yield.
This scientific finding will certainly have an impact on current malunggay consumption since only the leaves have been nurtured and purchased by companies for fortifying processed food that includes instant noodles.
Unknown to many as well, malunggay is known as the horse radish tree, and the Japanese condiment wasabi, the usual accompaniment to sashimi, California maki and other sushi preparations.
In the same article, Mamaril said malunggay is “perhaps the most nutritious vegetable available on the planet. My reading had revealed that malunggay has seven times the vitamin C in oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrots, two times the protein in milk, and three times the potassium in bananas.”
Aside from increasing semen count and providing bulk of the daily dietary nutrient requirement of humans, malunggay has been found in India to have many medicinal uses.
A study conducted in 2001 by Indian experts showed that the fresh root of the young tree can be used as remedy for intermittent fever.
Those who suffer from asthma are also advised to drink the infusion from the roots of malunggay.
The juice from the roots of the tree treats otalgia. Mixed with sesame oil, the gum-like substance is dropped into the ears to cure the ailment.
In battling ascites, the peritoneal cavity fluid known as ascites that is generated due to cirrhosis and other liver and spleen problems, sufferers are advised to drink the juice from boiled malunggay roots.
Normally, the fluid has to be drained using a needle or other surgical procedure.
Tender malunggay leaves also reduce phlegm and are administered internally for scurvy and catarrhal conditions while the flowers are used to heal inflammation of tendons and abscesses.
Mamaril said unripe pods act as a preventive against intestinal worms while the fruit prevents eye disorders. (biolife news service)