Moringa oleifera – ‘The Miracle Tree’
Interview with Alan Boswell
by Maria Teresa De Donato
A native to the Indian subcontinent, Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing and drought resistant tree of the family Moringaceae that can be found in the equatorial and tropical areas of our Planet.
Today, I am going to discuss about the characteristics and benefits of this tree with my colleague Alan Boswell, an English native who has been living in Thailand for quite some time.
MTDD: Hi Alan, and welcome to my Blog and Virtual Cultural Salon. Thank you for reaching out to me and for taking the time for this interview.
AB: You are welcome Maria Teresa and thank you for taking interest in The Miracle Tree.
MTDD: Alan, why don’t you start by introducing yourself to our readers and sharing whatever information you wish to?
AB: I was born in east London in 1950 and ended up in Ipswich. I have had my own businesses since 1976 and retired to Thailand in 2018. My studies came from the University of Life. However, I did take a year off and trained as a counsellor and another studying psychology at OU. I have written and published a Sci-Fi novel. Almost as far back as my teens, I have had a fascination for what makes us tick.
MTDD: When and why you became interested in foods, nutrition and health-related matters and products?
AB: In the fifties, my mother shopped daily and we had a proper cooked meal every day. There wasn’t any processed foods and food went moldy pretty quick. I stuck with home cooking all my life, if not shopping daily. Over the years, I noticed more and more ready to cook meals and that some was slow to go moldy. I thought if bacteria can’t live on it, nor can we.
In more recent years I have lost a number of friends to cancer, the youngest in his forties. He ate nothing but fast food. Not exactly a scientific study, but it got me thinking. The cancer rate has climbed with the increase of processed foods.
In 1940 there were 1 in 16 diagnosed with some type of cancer.
In1970 it was 1 in 10
Today it is heading for 1 in 3.
We have four times the cancer to heart death rate than poor countries.
A patient is diagnosed
with cancer every 90 seconds on average, a study by Macmillan Cancer Support found.
The current 2.9 million will rise to almost 3.5 million by 2025, it estimates –
with health services already struggling with chronic staffing shortages.
Source The Mirror
Big food corporations are only interested in profit for shareholders, not our health. If they can replace anything with something cheaper, they will. Hence, artificial flavors, colouring, preservatives, stabilizers and more. Chemicals damage new cell growth, which can mutate into cancer. In fact, even chemical vitamins are known to damage the liver.
"3 out of ten non disease liver failures are due to chemical vitamin supplements" Dr Jeffrey Weinstein, who is the medical director of liver transplantation at the hospital, told the station: "Many of these are advertised as natural and healthy. I view them all as drugs and chemicals, so there should be good caution into how you use them and why you use them." The doctor also claimed between three and four out of ten cases of acute liver failure – in which the organ fails without liver disease – are linked to supplements
Source The Sun
Chemicals in everything.
MTDD: What is it about Moringa oleifera that caught your attention and why did you become so interested in it?
AB: After moving to Thailand, in the ‘jungle’, not so much jungle now but farmland, I noticed that people shopped for food every day, fresh, local produce. Like us in the fifties. My plan here was to build an aquaponics farm. While researching this, someone said he supplements his fish with Moringa leaves because of its high protein content. Therefore, I researched it and was astounded. It is the most nutritious plant on Earth. 92 nutrients and 46 antioxidants, 40% protein, that is more than egg and it has all nine amino acids that we need.
MTDD: Could you tell us a little bit about your farm in Thailand? And if you personally cultivate Moringa, can you walk us through the whole process from its planting to the production of this herbal remedy?
AB: I was even more astounded when my wife said, “Oh yes, we grow it on the farm” like it was nothing. Of course, here it is a well-known Thai Herb and used for over a thousand years. However, I wondered why we have never heard of it. It turns out that scientists have only recently begun to analyze it and it will not grow in Europe. It made me aware of the health impact of different diets. Moringa is basically a softwood, fast growing tree, it grows wild here like buddleia in UK. It produces many seeds that are very easy to grow and if you cut the green stems and push them into the soil, they will take root. This tree produces root tubers, that help it survive through drought and hardship. Insects do not like it so, what a cheap reliable answer to the poor nutrition in Europe. However, most do not believe. ‘If this was so good, we would have heard of it’. (We know everything in the west.)
The family farm raises twenty thousand chickens at a time, raises buffalo and has rice and sugar. It is like going back in time, which suits me fine, a slow pace of life. We could learn a lot here.
MTDD: There are plenty of plants and herbal remedies out there that have all sorts of properties and can be beneficial to our health. What are the major properties of Moringa and how can people benefit from its use?
AB: Moringa is not a medicine. People in the west have been brainwashed by big pharma that chemical drugs can treat any problem. (They usually cause other problems.) Nevertheless, as soon as a person has an ailment, they look for a remedy to target it.
India's ancient tradition of Ayurveda medicine uses Moringa, but the process treats the body NOT the illness. Our bodies have evolved alongside most illnesses and can fight them as long as it has the fuel to do so. Moringa alone has most of what we need. While some plants are higher in one nutrient, nothing comes close to our overall needs. Regular consumption will keep your body in tip top shape, that is more natural than waiting for a problem, then targeting it.
Having said that, Moringa is a powerful anti-inflammatory and there are many claims of rheumatoid arthritis pain relief. (A man’s arthritis relief. https://youtu.be/DJTDqdpRAqw)
It is a slight laxative helping to detox and cures hemorrhoids. It reduces some of the symptoms of diabetes and is rich in calcium minerals aiding bone health. Basically it is most of what our body needs.
MTDD: When it comes to herbal remedies, we are strongly advised to be careful. As a matter of fact, in Nature whatever is useful and beneficial to many individuals can also have side effects and/or even compromise the health of somebody else. The result depends on several factors, such as quality and quantity/dosage of the product/remedy used as well as the individual’s specific response to it, which is something that nobody can predict.
In this regard, What would you suggest to a potential customer of yours?
AB: There have been no known adverse effects from Moringa, you cannot overdose on it, although that will cause diarrhea. It is still just a vegetable for all its content. After all, it has been used for a thousand years in Asia. I would just suggest try it and see, adjusting the amount to suite.
MTDD: Do you manufacture only one product with Moringa oleifera or different kinds such as herbal tea and essential oils, just to name a few?
AB: I started with dried leaf in capsules as that is the most convenient for today’s fast lifestyle. However, I want to add lose leaf for tea and cooking as soon as I can. The oil is more difficult to extract. I have a company encapsulating Moringa in the UK and I might point out that I do not allow ANY chemical additives. Most capsules on the market contain Anti-Caking agents, aluminum silicate, bentonite, magnesium silicate, and steric acid. Some preservatives, ascorbic acid, sodium benzoate, parabens, and nitrates. Binders, Gelatin, cellulose, modified food starch, and polyethylene are just some of the binders used. Ours are veggie and vegan and natural.
MTDD: Is there any other aspects you would like to consider, before we conclude our discussion, and that our readers might benefit from?
AB: Only to be careful of what you eat. Supermarket shelves are full of cooking sauces and ready to cook foods. These are all full of chemicals and manufactures do their best to conceal these contents.
MTTD: Thank you, Alan, for taking part to our interview and for all the useful information you provided about this amazing tree.
How can our readers get in touch with you and/or order your products should they so choose?
AB: Anyone can contact me for advice on email@example.com or try our Moringa at https://www.siamsolutions.store/order, at £2.70 per week it is an inexpensive way to keep healthy.
IMPORTANT! The above material is only educational and not intended as medical advice. Whatever your condition, please consult with your physician first.