Hi Jason, Thanks for commenting. the study conducted by Penn State which I link to, states that:"In recent years, the water-clarifying ability of Moringa powder was found to be due to a positively-charged protein called the Moringa Oleifera Cationic Protein (MOCP). When you crush the seeds and add them to water, this protein will kill some of the microbial organisms and cause them to clump together and settle to the bottom of the container.
However, the dried seed powder alone is not ideal for water purification because the organic matter from the seed will remain in the water, providing a food source for any bacteria that have not been killed. As a result, water treated with this seed does not remain safe to drink after some time in storage.
In 2012, Velegol and a team of Penn State researchers published a paper showing that MOCP can easily be attached to grains of sand. When the sand is mixed with unsafe water, bacteria stick to the sand and are killed. The newly-clean water can then be removed and stored for later use. Then the sand can be rinsed to remove the organic matter and “recycled” for another round of purification."
Hi James, thanks for commenting. There are plenty of well developed Moringa farms in India. Just google "moringa india" and then click on videos. It's already a sustainable model in India. The biggest challenge is that a very high quality oil can be derived from the Moringa seeds which generates a higher revenue than using those same seeds for water purification.
Hi Lipika, thanks for commenting. I've heard about the rituals related to the Ganges River but I'm not familiar with any other Water Rituals. The Moringa tree is native to India and spread to the rest of the world from there. In replying to your comment a thought just occurred to me. Why not promote Moringa as a sacred tree in India and thus facilitate & spread its use throughout India as a water cleanser and nutritional miracle?