Dr. Monica G. Marcu - Scientist, Researcher & Author
Dr. Marcu holds a Ph.D. (pharmacology), Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy), Nursing Degree, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Dr. Marcu is a highly respected researcher and clinical pharmacologist, and has been "in love with trees," as she puts it, ever since she can remember. This early love and fascination led her to study plants, particularly medicinal and healing plants, and her study and research of Moringa is incorporated in her book "Miracle Tree." Dr. Marcu's background as an expert on the nutrient-rich Moringa is impressive. She has worked in clinical pharmacies and in biomedical research laboratories at the University of Ottawa, the National Institute of Health, and the National Cancer Institute.
The Miracle Tree - the book/bible on Moringa
Q: What is Moringa oleifera?
A: Moringa oleifera is the most nutrient-rich plant yet discovered. This humble plant has been making strides in less-developed societies for thousands of years, and significant nutritional research has been conducted since the 1970s. Moringa provides a rich and rare combination of nutrients, amino acids, antioxidants, antiaging and anti-inflammatory properties used for nutrition and healing.
Q: Is Moringa safe?
A: In underdeveloped countries, health organizations and clinics distribute Moringa to infants, children, pregnant and lactating women. Moringa is sometimes called "Mother's Best Friend" and "Miracle Tree." Since 1998, the World Health Organization has promoted Moringa as an alternative to imported food supplies to treat malnutrition.
Q: What scientific studies support Moringa?
A: In the last ten years, hundreds of research articles, theses, reports, and patents have been published on Moringa. Newspapers, scientific journals, documentaries (Discovery Channel) feature Moringa more and more. The Church World Service recently organized the first ever Moringa Tree International Conference to educate about Moringa's use as an indigenous resource for fighting hunger and malnutrition.
Q: Is Moringa safe to take with medications?
A: We are not aware that any negative interactions have occurred. But again, please consult your doctor if you have health concerns.
Q: Is Moringa oleifera genetically modified?
A: No, Moringa is one of few beneficial plants NOT genetically modified (GM). Today, alarmingly there are thousands of GM plants. Recent news reports confirm research brought to the media several years ago, that in animal studies a diet rich in GM corn fed to animals caused them to develop abnormalities to internal organs and changes to their blood. These studies raise fears that human health could be affected by eating GM food. In Dr. Monica G. Marcu's book, "Miracle Tree", (published by KOShealthpub.com), she outlines the current health concerns of GM corn and soy as the modern day health hazard, especially among infants, and Moringa is a superior replacement, unblemished by GM as it delivers supreme nutrition to all ages.
Q: Where can I learn more about Moringa?
A: Please visit Moringa Research, United States Department of Agriculture, the book, "The Miracle Tree" by Dr. Monica G. Marcu
Q: What is the best book or reference I can get on Moringa oleifera?
A: The most recent publication on Moringa oleifera is by Dr. Monica Marcu, "Miracle Tree", which is said to be the definitive reference. Early reviews call Marcu's book the leading reference on Moringa as she takes her clinical and analytical laboratory experience and gives the health-conscious reader understanding on a majority of Moringa's wealth of nutrients. She also covers Moringa's history, re-discovery, nutrients, benefits, and traditional cures and modern uses. The information presented goes in-depth on the value of Moringa's nutrients and amazing phytochemical compounds which only a "cold-blooded" scientist could examine. For more information visit the publisher's website KOShealthpubdotcom.
Q: Is Moringa's dried leaf powder more potent than fresh Moringa leaf?
A: When you take a delicate Moringa leaf and carefully shade dry it - amazing things happen. There is significantly higher nutritional value in the Moringa dried leaf, in some cases over ten times in specific nutrients when compared to fresh Moringa leaf. Many universities and independent research laboratory analyses have confirmed the higher nutritional values in the dried leaf powder. What's more amazing is the gram for gram comparison of Moringa to common fruits and vegetables. The nutritional values of Moringa's many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, chlorophyll, and anti-aging compounds are higher than it's own fresh leaves.
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Other Languages (Moringa is called...)
English: Drumstick tree, Horseradish tree, Mother's Best Friend, Radish tree, West Indian ben
French: Bèn ailé, Benzolive, Moringa
German: Behenbaum, Behenussbaum, Flügelsaniger Bennussbaum, Pferderettichbaum
Ghana (Ewe) Yevu-ti, Babatsi
India (Hindi) Munaga, Sahijna, Sarinjna, Segra, Shajmah, Shajna
Italian: Sàndalo ceruleo
Kenya (Swahili Mkimbo, Mlonge, Mlongo, Mronge, Mrongo, Mzungu, Mzunze
Portuguese: Acácia branca, Cedra (Brazil), Marungo, Moringuiero, Muringa
Spanish: Árbol del ben, Ben, Morango, Moringa
Sudan (Arabic) Alim, Halim, Shagara al ruwag ("The tree for purifying"), Ruwag
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