He gives us that vast goodness of nature and vegetation is among those. As manpropagates for abundance; he deserves to harbor tremendous benefits from it. Man inhabited earth with all its richness laid before him. With his gladness,ingenuity and constant search for knowledge he discovered numerous ways to enrich hismind of endless ideas, body for health and longevity and spirit to fulfill his close relationwith his maker and humanity. Thus, man discovers infinite ways and makes use ofaccessible resources to satisfy his longings for health and wellness.
The discovery of herbal plants made the possible existence of modern medicine.Modern medicine makes use of these plants in making capsulated herbal medicine or foodsupplements. It is scientifically proven that numerous of vitamins and minerals are foundin herbal plants that can supply the needs of living things, specifically humans.
Thesevitamins and minerals help supply energy within a persons body, which is needed foreveryday activities in order for them to perform well. Herbal plants nowadays are not justmade as medicinal purposes but also as food ingredients so that it may add a unique andhealthier flavor to foods.
Malunggay or Horse radish (Moringa oelifera) was once considered a “poorman’s vegetable” but now it is known as a “miracle tree” or “nature’s medicinecabinet” by scientists and health care workers from around the world because itis loaded with vitamins and minerals that can be an effective remedy againstmany kinds of ailments such as arthritis, anemia, ovarian cancer, heartcomplications, kidney problems, asthma and digestive disorders .
This plantthrives in tropical countries, mainly in Southeast Asia, Central and SouthAmerica and Africa. It is indeed widely cultivated. It grows up to ten (10)meters tall and its leaflets are ovate to elliptic and are two (2) centimeters long.Each ounce of Malunggay contains seven times the Vitamin C found in oranges,four times the Vitamin A of carrots, three times the iron of spinach, four times asmuch calcium as milk and three times the potassium of bananas. It is said thatthat these plants require little maintenance, which makes it easy for cash-strapped people to gain health without thinking of budget concerns. Spinach (Spinacia oleracea) is an edible flowering plant in the family ofAmaranthaceae which originated from Central and Southwestern Asia and isnow widely cultivated throughout the world.
It grows to a height of up to thirty(30) centimeters and its leaves are simple, alternate, ovate to triangular-basedand varies in size from two (2) to three (3) centimeters long and one to fifteen(15) centimeters broad. Besides of it being considered as an herb rich in Iron, it isalso a rich source of Carbohydrates, Dietary fiber, Fat, Protein, Vitamin A, Beta-carotene, Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K andCalcium. It is well-known in stabilizing the blood sugar among diabetics, itserves as an anti-oxidant, an anti-cancer agent, it prevents from atherosclerosisor thickening and hardening of arteries and it aids in the formation of the bloodsubstance required for bloodclotting.The combination of both herbs can surely make a nutritious supplementfor all ages. This study presents the result of the beneficial mix of Malunggayand Spinach known as Malunggay and Spinach powder.
Health awareness is the prime investment, ingenuity is the investors joining effort and wellnessis the net gain. Most people think that adapting a healthy and well-conditioned life isexpensive and difficult to achieve. The significance is just how one resourcefully utilizes thecheap, the natural abundance of nature, and the untiring quest to alternatives and remedies.Malunggay and Spinach are kind of vegetables that are rich with vitamins,minerals and amino acids that are needed for optimum health. The purposeful cahoots willserve as a supplement Malunggay, touted as all- around miracle tree or natures medicine cabinet contains a wide variety of nutrients in high amounts and Spinach, known as powerhouse of nutrients fill in essential Potassium, Phosphorus and Niacin thatMalunggay does not have.
This potent combination in powder form add nutrition to ourdeficient diet due to modern farming methods,nutrient-deficient soils, high levels ofpollution that places more stress, and busy lifestyles that make it hard to prepare healthybalanced diet. It acts as an inexpensive insurance against nutritional deficiencies.This study will promote awareness on the relevance of serving of vegetable meals,soup, bread, dessert, shakes, juices and mixes with Malunggay and Spinach powder. It encourage households to plant Malunggay and Spinach in backyards for personalconsumption. Furthermore, it supports the Department of Agriculture on their program ofpropagating vegetable garden e.g. Malunggay and Spinach as a under its biotechnology program where it currently enjoys wide array ofMalunggay, Spinach and other vegetable based products manufactured in the Philippinesand being sold in local and international markets. Finally, it inspires people to study andsearch for benefits on vegetables and other agricultural products.
The study focused on the specifications of how to procure the major quality ingredients, the Malunggay and Spinach leaves and conscientiously observed the proper storage andmaintanance of suitable room temperature. It took two (2) months and a half to get the final result of the research work using the method of experimentation. As Malunggay wasreadily cultivated in the backyard on the contrary, Spinach was a hard find. It started froma given tiny seedling from mountainous Busay and was replanted. The Spinach wastediously tended since it was never been spared from the affectation of long drought asbrought by, El Niño phenomenon and propagated until such time ready for harvest. The study had undergone three (3) repeated experimentations to come up with reliable andfactual results.
Firstly, the outcome of the Malunggay and Spinach leaves harvested atnoontime when the sun is intense. Secondly, the two (2) primary ingredients were hangedoutside with moderate exposure to sunlight. And lastly, the recommended procedure wasfollowed closely to yield the desired result.Moreover, the study has its pitfalls as the targeted yield of the Malunggay and Spinach Powderwas 200 grams but the finished product yielded only 60 grams with an approximateproportion: 30 grams of Malunggay and 30 grams of Spinach leaves respectively due tolimited produce of Spinach leaves.
In acquiring the study of Malunggay and Spinach powder, constant research wasdone. Facts were gained from books and computer resources. The abundance of the saidvegetables which most of the time left out wilted aroused a curious mind thus the researchdrew its concept. The accessibility and availability of both vegetables inspired the researchwhere an actual and continuous propagation was made to ensure freshness of harvest during the several process of experimentation. A series of trial and error process was madewherein an exact time of harvest must be observed and storage in a well-ventilated roommust be followed. Three rooms in the house were carefully chosen in which a room at thebasement was ample to suit the experiment need. Both vegetables compliment each other interms voluminous vitamins and minerals that supplement the everyday nutrient needs ofpeople in order to fulfill their daily activities.
The preparation of Malunggay and Spinach powder are as follows:Harvest Malunggay and Spinach leaves early morning just when the dew has dried up.Bundle Malunggay and Spinach leaves and hang upside down in a well-ventilated room. Dont expose to sunlight. Use brown paper bag to catch falling leaves. Use clothespin to secure the brown paper bag to where you hang both leaves. Allow leaves to fall in the paperbag. Grind, pound or blend when the leaves dried up. Seal in a container.Varied usage of this powder as:Tea, combine in vegetable meal, soup, bread, cookies, cakes, desserts, shakes, juices,sandwiches and ice cream.
Ipil-ipil is found throughout the Philippines in the settled areas at low and medium altitudes. It s locally gregarious an abundant.This is a small tree, 2 to 6 meters high.The pinnae are 8 to 16, and 5 to 8 centimeters long. The leaflets are 20 to 30, linear-oblong, and 7 to 12 millimeters in length. The heads are solitary, at the axils of the leaves, long-peduncled, globose, and 2 to 5 centimeters in diameter, with many white flowers. The pods are thin, flat, strap-shaped, 12 to 18 centimeters long, and 1.4 to 2 centimeters wide, each containing from 15 to 25 elliptic, compressed, shining, brown seeds. Ipil-ipil is popularly known in the Philippines for firewood and is useful also in reforestration work. It is also much used as a cover crop and is a good exterminator of “kogon”. The bark produces brown dye. In some provinces the seeds are used as a substitute for coffee. The seeds are also used in making bags, etc. The leaves are injurious to horses who eat them. They are said to cause falling of hair from their manes and tails. Cattle and goats do not seem to be affected. The raw seeds contain fat 8.68 percent, crude fiber 22.59 percent, nitrogen-free material other than fiber 9.78 percent, nitrogen 6.42 percent, traces of sucrose, water 14.8 percent and ash 4.2 percent.