Weird name, cool properties. Why Malunggay may be the breastfeeding supplement you don't hate taking.
The best thing about Malunggay, in addition to it's status as a known galactagogue, is that it's a super-nutritious food that everyone should probably be taking. The second best thing about it is that it lacks the strong odour that fenugreek bears, which can cause mom's sweat, and baby's urine, to take on a "Maple Syrupy" scent.
Malunggay (also known as Moringa) packs a serious nutritional punch, which has been known to people primarily in the Philippines, India, and China for generations. Malunggay is now used to fortify processed starchy foods (like noodles, for example) in countries where daily requirements of micronutrients are not easily met in the average person's diet. It's been a salvation to many in times of famine, and a welcome supplement in times of plenty for hundreds of years. It's traditionally consumed by pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, and children, but more generally as well, by anyone seeking an aid to promote overall good health.
The "Miracle Tree" is one of nature’s most versatile and beneficial plants – delivering anti-inflammatory support, promoting healthy digestion, increasing energy, and helping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and circulation. It is specifically taken for hypertension. Malunggay contains 90+ vitamins, minerals, vital proteins and amino acids, antioxidants, and omega oils. Malunggay boasts:
- 4x the calcium of milk
- 3x the potassium of bananas
- 2x the protein of yogurt
- 4x the Vitamin A of carrots
- 7x the Vitamin C of oranges
The leaves, roots, and seedpods (resembling green beans) of the tree are edible. The roots have a pungent flavour comparable to horseradish. Don't worry if you don't like horseradish, however: the capsules we sell are made from the mild leaves of the tree. It can be taken from the 37th week of pregnancy to get a head start on your breastfeeding preparation, and is not contraindicated for use with More Milk Plus (containing fenugreek and other common natural galactagogues) or Domperidone.
The purported lactogenic effects of eating Malunggay have been recorded in The Philippines for as long as the tree has been a part of the local diet. If traditional wisdom holds true, Malunggay is your best bet for the twofold benefits of better nutrition (goodbye postpartum depletion!) and more milk for baby (hello, chubby cheeks!)
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development
Motherlove Herbal Company