If, in England, 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away', in the Philippines and other parts of Asia it's the common malunggay that does the trick. So says Henrylito Tacio in this special report on one of Asia's most undervalued trees, now set for greater things.
According to the Biotechnology Program Office of the Department of Agriculture, the malunggay has been found by biochemists and molecular anthropologists to be rich in vitamins C and A, iron, and high density lipoprotein or good cholesterol.
Due to its high calcium content (four times the calcium in milk), lactating mothers in the Philippines are often advised to consume malunggay leaves to produce more milk for their babies. The young malunggay leaves are being boiled and drink as tea.
Gram for gram, malunggay leaves also contain two times the protein in milk. Likewise, it contains three times the potassium in bananas and four times the vitamin A in carrots, and health nutritionists claim that an ounce of malunggay has the same Vitamin C content as seven oranges.
my gf works as na nutritionist for the DepEd main office. they are developing malunggay based recipes for public school children. malunggay polvoron anyone? i hope more people realise the value of nutritious plants around us.
How about when jeepney abruptly cut my path as I was climbing steepest part of Antipolo just before Padi's. Siempre, I lost my momentum and failed to unclip. Largest crankset stabbed deep into my calf muscle. Farmer witnessed the puncture wounds and said "Katas ng pinugpug na Malunggay lang yan." (juices of pounded malunggay leaves).
Farmer was right. Next day puncture wounds were dry and healed after malunggay leaves were applied on wound.
The seed can cure hipertension or highblood in lieu of high rocketing price of medicines. (better than calsebloc?) in the countryside where most have no source of income they used this seed as their daily maintenance for their HB. how? dried the seed and remove the outer shell which is color black, then you can take it directly or you can make as a powder and mix it with H20.