Horseradish Tree and it’s Chemical Composition

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The scientific name of the horseradish tree is Moringa oleifera, a tropical plant cultivated in southern Europe.
In some European resorts, tea from the leaves of this tree is quite popular, we decided to find out what kind of plant it is and whether it is really useful.


The Moringa oleifera tree was first cultivated in the temperate climate of Greece, the first studies of the plant were also carried out here, and the composition of the leaves revealed:


Chemical composition


  • protein in large quantities up to 27%;
  • essential amino acids for humans, their content in the leaves of the tree was 5%;
  • phenols and flavonoids, such as  myricetin, quercetin and camparol, are contained in horseradish leaves at 0.6% 0.08% and 0.04%, respectively ;
  • lipids up to 5.6%;
  • fatty acids 28.33% including monounsaturated fatty acids – 8.54%;
  • ash;
  • minerals such as Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium and Phosphorus (1712.6 1002.9 460.4 and 194.2 mg per 100 grams of dried moringa leaves, other minerals (Mn, Na, Fe, Zn, Cu and Se) are found in the plant in lower, practically negligible concentrations;
  • dietary fiber 34% and non-structural carbohydrates 22%;
  • carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene at 10.03 1.52 and 2.02 mg per 100 grams, respectively;
  • and vitamins C and E  203.1 and 104 mg per 100 grams of dried raw Moringa olive leaves.


Herbal tea is marked by a high content of phenols and flavonoids (myricetin, quercetin and kamparol) and has antioxidant activity. Such tea can be regarded as useful, but not much different from other herbal teas in its effect on the body.




The use of the plant is strictly contraindicated for pregnant women, as it has an abortive effect and for people with poor blood clotting.


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