Year : 2011  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 119-125

Moringa : The herbal gold to combat malnutrition

1 Department of Pharmacy, IEC-CET, KP-I, G. Noida, India
2 Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, MLS University, Udaipur, India
3 Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, HIMT College of Pharmacy, Greater Noida, India

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Ram Chand Dhakar
Department of Pharmacy, IEC Group of Institution, KP-I, Greater Noida - 201 308
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-5186.90887

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This document is aimed to describing the potential benefits of the Moringa tree as a nutrient. Moringa tree can be utilized in treating the malnutrition in a local and cost-effective manner. Malnutrition causes a great deal of human suffering and is associated with more than half of all deaths of children worldwide. Malnutrition severely affects the socio-economic development of a nation because a work force that is stunted both mentally and physically may have a reduced work capacity. Thus nutrition plays an important role in the reproduction of poverty from one generation to the next. Not only is the Moringa oleifera tree extraordinary in that all parts of the tree are edible, but the most amazing aspect of the tree is its exceptionally high nutritional value. The leaves of the Moringa tree are an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin B vitamin C and other minerals. The leaves are also an outstanding source of calcium, protein, potassium and iron. The content of amino acids such as methionine and cystine is also high. Carbohydrates, fats and phosphorous content are low making this one of the finest plant foods to be found. Present review focuses on the potential benefits of Moringa oleifera in treatment of malnutrition.

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