Posted on October 14th, 2007
The Philippine Department of Agriculture biotechnologists believes that Malunggay, the “miracle vegetable” will improve the Philippine agriculture and will significantly improve the health of the Filipinos.
Jaime Galvez-Tan, the president of Health Futures Foundation Inc. said that Malunggay is a good source of iron, ascorbic acid, phosphorus, and calcium. Its fruit is high in protein and lactating mothers are encourged to intake Malunggay to increase their breast milk flow.
Snake bites are treated by chewing the roots and applying it to the wound. It prevents the spread of the venom said Tan. Deep-seated inflammation, gout, rheumatism, asthma, lumbago, scabies are some disease that is treated with Malunggay leaves.
The director of the DA Biotechnology Program, Alicia Ilaga, said malungay is
the next big thing.
There have been many multi-level marketing companies featuring malunggay as their main product. Water purifiers, hair creams, massage creams, body lotions, and an all-purpose oil are some examples of Malunggay products. The bark of the body of the tree is used in Jamaica as a blue die. Perfumes are also extracted by using the oil from the seeds.