-** CamerPress - ** Agence camerounaise d'information**-
Home | Contact | Newsletter | Contact Us
  Practical Tips
  File of the month
  Right and duty
  Bird flu
  In practice
  Technical slip
  Development news

Health | 07 Jan 2010
Nutritional value of Moringa leaves

Moringa leaves contain high amounts of several essential disease-preventing nutrients, including:
- Vitamin A, which acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhoea, and many other diseases.
- Vitamin C, fighting a host of illnesses including colds and flu.
- Calcium, which builds strong bones and teeth, and helps prevent osteoporosis.
- Potassium, essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves.
- Proteins, the basic building blocks of all our body cells.

Fight malnutrition

Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers. Three non-governmental organizations in particular — Trees for Life, Church World Service, and Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization — have advocated Moringa as “natural nutrition for the tropics.” Leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked, or stored as dried powder for many months without refrigeration, and reportedly without loss of nutritional value. Moringa is especially promising as a food source in the tropics because the tree is in full leaf at the end of the dry season when other foods are typically scarce. (Jed W. Fahey, 2005.

A large number of reports on the nutritional qualities of Moringa now exist in both the scientific and the popular literature. It is commonly said that Moringa leaves contain more Vitamin A than carrots, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than oranges, and more potassium than bananas,” and that the protein quality of Moringa leaves rivals that of milk and eggs.

However, the leaves and stem of M. oleifera are known to have large amounts of their calcium bound in calcium oxalate crystals. Countless instances of lifesaving nutritional rescue have been attributed to Moringa. In fact, the nutritional properties of Moringa are now so well-known that there seems to be little doubt of the substantial health benefit to be realized by consumption of Moringa leaf powder in situations where starvation is imminent.

Nonetheless, the outcomes of well-controlled and well-documented clinical studies would still be clearly of great value. In many cultures throughout the tropics, differentiation between food and medicinal uses of plants (e.g. bark, fruit, leaves, nuts, seeds, tubers, roots, and flowers), is very difficult because plant uses span both categories, and this is deeply ingrained in the traditions and the fabric of the community
Source :Nutritive value of Indian foods (National Institute of Nutrition) Famine Food Guide website

Some patients testify
They took Moringa and were relieved of their pains
“Moringa keeps a sickle cell patient healthy,”

They took Moringa and were relieved of their pains
“Moringa keeps a sickle cell patient healthy,”

“I am a sickle cell patient and ever since I started taking Moringa, I do not feel pains in my joints anymore. I do not have malaria and fatigue again. I take it everyday in the morning and in the evening during the main meals of the day. I also take the fresh leaves. I have even planted about 50 stems in my compound. I advise people to eat the leaves, the roots and the seeds because contrary to medication, this shrub is natural and does not have any secondary effects. Most of those to whom I have talked about Moringa are very skeptical but it is not good to be so attached to the Whiteman’s medicine. Around us are plants that treat many diseases and do not need a lot of money.

“Moringa cleanses the inner body and fights fatigue.”
Alexis Mbiakop
“I am an accountant. This job gives a lot of stress and most of the time, I do it sitting and at the end of the day I was always very tired and had a pain on my back. I tried to solve the problem by taking vitamins but there was no change. It was instead worse. One day, a friend proposed that I should take Moringa Oleifera. He told me that it was a shrub whose parts had so many benefits.

I took his advice and started taking two teaspoons in a glass of water everyday before going to bed. Three days later I started having a change in my body. I felt really better. I started having supplies of the Moringa from this friend. I have even planted four Moringa trees in my compound so that I can have a regular supply. It is like food. I mix it with other foodstuff. It also has aphrodisiac properties. It cleanses the body.”

Accueil  |  Réagir à l'article  |  Nous écrire
  Development News
Honey Show opens market for honey and wax
The first ever Honey Show organised in Bamenda has opened a market for honey and its by-products especially the bee wax and propolis.
“The company I work with processes bee wax,”
What is so important about bee wax ?
Honey quality is key to external markets
During the three day honey show held in Bamenda last April 9th to 12th, honey farmers were told that honey quality is paramount and there is no room for honey mishandling.
Agriculture is solution to youth unemployment
Although agriculture has lots of employment opportunities, difficulties are preventing even interested youths from finding gainful self-employment in the sector.
Environmentalist lauds ban on plastics, blasts application
The ban by the Ministries of Environment and Commerce on the use of plastic bags of up to 60 microns that took effect from the 24th April 2014 has been ...
The Farmer’s Voice had warned against plastics
In TFV 202, we warned of the dangers of plastics to agriculture and environment and proposed solutions. The following article was published in May 2012
Exit plastics, back to nature
The use of plastic bags in Cameroon, those that can easily be carried away by the wind, came to an end last April 24, ....
Farming with trees increases productivity
Agroforestry farmers in the North West Region of Cameroon say farming with trees is significantly improving soil fertility and increasing their crop yields.
  Practical tips
Transportation, storage and disposal of pesticides
A lot of diseases among farmers are linked to the improper use of pesticides and disposal of pesticide wastes.
Cameroon in the spotlight at Agricultural Show
A delegation of actors in the agropastoral sector, through debates and conferences, presented Cameroon’s policy to promote family farming during the Paris Agricultural Show.

© The farmer's Voice - Monthly magazine of the rural contractor
2009 - B.P 11955 Yaoundé - Phone : 22 22 46 82 - 22 22 62 44 Fax : (237) 22 22 51 62
designed by NGUE@TECHNOLOGY - contact : Webmaster