MALUNGGAY (Moringa Oleifera), touted as a “miracle vegetable”, has been proposed to be declared as the country’s national vegetable.
Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia, who has supported a project on the processing of malunggay, has filed House Bill 8462 declaring “Malunggay as the National Vegetable of the Philippines and the month of November every year as the National Malunggay Month”.
De Venecia noted that malunggay has been dubbed as “nature’s medicine cabinet” by scientists and health care workers from around the world given its various medicinal and health benefits.
De Venecia also cited in her bill that malunggay 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, two times the protein in milk and three times the potassium in bananas.
She said malunggay has 18 amino acids, plenty of omega 3 oils and chlorophyll plus 45 compounds with anti oxidant properties and 36 anti-inflammatory properties.—Eva Visperas