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Few of nature's gifts match the value of the moringa tree. This ancient plant grows where most plants cannot survive, and there revitalizes the soil. Just about every part of the plant contains unparalleled health benefits: the roots, pods, seeds, flowers, fruit, and bark are all edible. Eastern Asian countries have depended on this superfood for millennia to support heart, blood, liver, respiratory, skin, and digestive health. 

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1. About the Moringa Tree

Out of the 13 varieties of moringa, Moringa oleifera is the most common species. The tree is native to India and grows in tropical and subtropical climates. The tall, fast-growing plant produces abundant leaves, flowers, and pods. Moringa has been an important part of traditional medicine such as Ayurveda for at least 4,000 years and has several English nicknames that highlight different characteristics. The moniker "drumstick tree" alludes to the long, slender pods. "Horseradish tree" refers to the taste of the leaves. Another nickname, "Ben oil tree," regards the oil extracted from the seeds.

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