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Malunggay as National Vegetable Proposed
By BEN R. ROSARIO
Manila, Philippines – Malunggay or horse radish tree, a widely common tree in the country that is also known as “nature’s medicine cabinet,” should be declared as the Philippines’ national vegetable, Pangasinan Rep. Ma. Georgina de Venecia said yesterday.

De Venecia, wife of former House Speaker Jose C. de Venecia Jr., made the endorsement as she filed House Bill (HB) No. 6462 that also seeks to declare November as “National Malunggay Month.”
Also known as moringa or benzolive tree, the leaves of malunggay (moringa oliefera) have been proven by scientists and herbal medicine practitioners to contain vitamins and minerals that are vital to human health.
Aside from the nutritional value of the leaves, health workers also endorse malunggay as an effective remedy against a number of ailments.
“From the roots and branches to the leaves, flowers, fruit, and seeds, all parts of the malunggay tree are of nutritive and medicinal value,” De Venecia said.
Citing a report by the Biotechnology Program Office of the Department of Agriculture, De Venecia said biochemists and molecular anthropologists have discovered that malunggay is rich in Vitamins C and A, iron, and high density lipoprotein or good cholesterol.
De Venecia added that extracts from leaves and the seed pods known as drumsticks are effective against diabetes, hypertension, inflammations, infections, aging problems, and even cancer.
She said the leaves alone contain a powerhouse of nutritional value: Seven times the Vitamin C in oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times the Vitamin A in carrots, twice the protein in milk, and three times the potassium in bananas. Furthermore, malunggay contains more than 90 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants. It has 18 amino acids, plenty of Omega 3 oils and chlorophyll, plus 45 compounds with antioxidant properties and 36 anti-inflammatory properties, she added.
In terms of environmental value, malunggay tress can also help stablize the soil and contribute to the fight against deforestation.
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