Faran Khan1*, Fatima Nasir 2, Huda Ikram2, Ahmad Bilal3, Mehreen Fatima2 and Maheen Shad2
1Department of Nutrition Science, School of Health Sciences, University of Management and Technology, Pakistan
2Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Sciences, University of Management and Technology, Pakistan
3Department of Physiology, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakistan
*Corresponding Author: Faran Khan, Department of Nutrition Science, School of Health Sciences, University of Management and Technology, Pakistan.
Received: September 09, 2022; Published: October 06, 2022
Moringa Oleifera is a multi-nutrients plant that is mostly grown in tropical and subtropical territories of the world and belongs to family Moringaceae. It is also known as Drumstick and marvel tree. Moringa Oleifera is a treasure of nutrients gifted to humans by nature. Malnutrition is a serious and prevailing problem effecting people all over the world especially in developing countries. A significant proportion of people are malnourished in the world. Moringa Oleifera have potential to overcome malnutrition. Each of its part is rich of nutrients. Its leaves, seeds, pods, flowers and roots are source of protein, vitamins e.g., vitamin A, Vitamin B-complex, vitamin C and vitamin E vice versa and minerals specifically (calcium, iron, potassium, zinc) Moringa Oleifera have nutritional as well as therapeutic properties for people of all ages. Moringa Oleifera provide more nutrients than fruits and vegetables. Moringa Oleifera leaves are used to treat to protein energy malnutrition (PEM). These leaves have been used to fortify biscuits and other food products to enhance their nutritional content to prevent malnutrition. Moringa Oleifera milk powder consumption results in weight gain in children. Supplementation e.g., with Moringa Oleifera plant is a strategy to overcome micronutrients deficiency. Moringa Oleifera is a super food and a cost-effective tool for combating malnutrition for under developing countries. It is a novel food with nutritional benefits. It is used as a substitute of iron supplements in treating anemia particularly menstrual cycle associated anemia and improves iron status. Moringa nachos and moringa khakhra are made using Moringa Oleifera powder for the nutritional benefits to combat malnutrition.
Keywords: Moringa Oleifera; Malnutrition; Anemia; Supplementation
Citation: Faran Khan., et al. “Moringa Oleifera: A Miraculous Plant to Combat Malnutrition". Acta Scientific Nutritional Health 6.11 (2022): 32-37.
Copyright: © 2022 Faran Khan., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.