Moringa seeds are edible and packed with valuable nutrients that can prevent and treat a host of illnesses. Extracted oil is known as Behen oil and is used as a skin treatment, with the ability to penetrate deeply into the skin and provide nutrients essential for rejuvenation. After a person removes the oil, the remaining seed cake is an effective water clarifier, attracting particulate matter like a sponge.
Moringa seeds contain vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, iron and zinc. They are loaded with protein. The seeds are used in treatment programs for diabetes, high cholesterol, boils, gout, rheumatism, arthritis, liver and kidney disorders. Diarrhea, epilepsy, low energy levels, blindness, osteoporosis and weakened immune systems are also treated with the seeds. Moringa trees are very cheap and easy to grow, making them an important food source in many parts of the world. The leaves, pods and seeds are often used in India and Africa in feeding programs to fight malnutrition.
Moringa trees are native to Africa and Asia. Winged seeds are able to travel far from the parent plant, establishing bountiful crops in a wide area. An average-sized tree produces hundreds or thousands of seed pods, each growing to over a foot in length. Each individual pod can produce over a dozen large Moringa seeds.