Teens Discover Seed That Naturally Cleanses Polluted Water

The seeds of this tree can filter contaminated water, remove impurities and even make water drinkable again.

Credit: GoodNewsNetwork

Credit: GoodNewsNetwork

The millennial generation might have a bad reputation, but there are plenty of inspiring, motivated, and intelligent young kids and teenagers out there making great strides to help humanity.

A couple teenagers worth paying attention to are João Gabriel, 15, and Letícia Pereira, 18, who recently won the Latin America Google Science fair award. GoodNewsNetwork reports that the teens wanted to help supply clean water to regions in need, therefore, took steps to prove that the seeds of the moringa oleifera tree can filter contaminated water, remove impurities, and even make water drinkable again.

The idea was to develop an easy way for people to remove pollution from water without using chemicals, and they succeeded!

In case you don’t know, moringa is probably the most impressive plant to exist. Dr. Mercola relays that the leaf of the plant has 9 times the protein of yogurt, 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, 17 times the calcium of milk, 25 times the iron of spinach, and 12 times the vitamin C of oranges. In addition, it boasts an incredible amount of antioxidants, balances blood sugar, reduces inflammation, and both the leaves and seeds help prevent arsenic toxicity. Most people consume the leaves of moringa ground up and in drinks such as smoothies made with whole, fresh fruit, leafy greens, and a plant-based milk.

Credit: 4healthinnovation.info

Credit: 4healthinnovation.info

The duo relay that they were inspired to develop a way to naturally clean water when a nearby city was left without drinkable aqua.

Leticia, a recent high school grad in northeastern Brazil, told the press:

“We wanted to do something to help the ones in need after the disaster in Mariana, where a broken dam sent tons of mining residues to the rivers, and help them to filter [the] water.” 

The two inspired teenagers worked months on their project, titled Magic Seed: Transforming Polluted Water Into Drinkable Water, before completing it before the deadline. Thanks to their hard work, a few more benefits have been added to the moringa plant’s list of attributes, and those in developing or rural locations can employ the seed as a natural way to make water safe to drink.

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