INTRODUCING MORINGA

Moringa Oleifera Lam, referred to as Moringa, is one of the 14 plant species belonging to the family Moringacea. It is native to the sub-Himalayas. Along the ancient trade routes, it had reportedly been brought first to East Africa, from where it progressively proliferated throughout the whole continent.  In the 1980’s research lead Moringa to be mainly used for water purification, while also being a main ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine. Increased knowledge exchange between India and African countries and NGO’s, has promoted the development of Moringa for human consumption since the 1990’s. Its 90+ nutrients and 9 amino acids makes it a product that should be integrated in the majority of people's daily life, from children to elderly and passing by athletes and health conscious individuals.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Moringa products have antibiotic, antitrypanosomal, hypotensive, antispasmodic, antiulcer, antiinflammatory, hypo-cholesterolemic, and hypoglycemic properties. The FAO also states that 25 grams of Moringa leaf powder supplies a person with 100% RDA of Calcium and Vitamin A needs, 50% of the Protein and Potassium needs and 75% of Iron needs.


SECTORIAL APPLICATIONS OF MORINGA

SUPERFOODS / DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS

Packed with nutrients, Moringa Leaf Powder is often referred to as the “New Superfood”. Advertised under the appellation of Superfood or Nutritional Supplement, Moringa provides the human body with a concentrated source of essential macro and micro nutrients such as Vitamins (A, C and E), Minerals (Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Iron and Zinc) , all 9 essential Amino Acids (Histindine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine + Cystine, Phenlylalanine + Tyrosine, Threonine, Tryptophan and Valine) and Antioxidants (Flavonoids such as Myrectin, Quercetin and Kaempferol, Phenolic Acids, Alkaloids, Glucosinolate, Isothiocyonates, Tannins and Saponins) (Vergara-Jimenez, et al., 2017)

The powder can be retailed in its original form as well as in capsules or tablets or integrated into food and beverages.

NUTRACEUTICALS

The many bioactive phyto-chemicals present in Moringa,and mentioned above, makes it a promising nutraceutical with multiple pharmacological functions including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer, hepatoprotective, neuroprotective, hypoglycemic, and blood lipid-reducing functions. The beneficial functions of M. oleifera are strongly associated with its phytochemicals such as flavonoids or isothiocyanates with bioactivity (Kou X et al., 2018)

BIO-FERTILISER

The nutritional quality of food, raised by organic farming in comparison to traditional farming, is a current issue that continues to attract interest, Moringa can be part of the solution.

Research on the use of Moringa as a Bio-fetiliser demonstrates that Moringa Oleifera Leaf Extract (MOLE) can increase yield up to 35% (Chang et al., 2007).

Many investigations proved that foliar application of MOLE is beneficial for the vigour growth, deeper root development and better seed germination, delay of fruit senescence and improve yield quality/quantity and also impart on the ability of crops to withstand adverse environmental conditions. Moreover, plants treated with MOLE exhibited more pest and disease resistance (Thanaa ShM et al,. 2017)

ANIMAL FEED

Moringa Oleifera could be considered as the one of the most useful trees as feed supplement to animals due its highly nutritious leaves, palatability, digestibility and balanced chemical composition of protein and minerals. It contains about 26% of crude protein which is higher than the crude protein of alfalfa. Dried Moringa leaves are readily eaten by cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and rabbits. Using moringa leaves in poultry, pigs and fish is feasible but only in limited amounts due to the presence of fibre and antinutritional factors. Moringa is a promising protein source for inclusion in fish diets at low levels. It is rich in protein and has been tested in various fish species as a potential replacement for fish meal (Alemayehu, 2016).
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COSMETICS

Packed with nutrients, Moringa Leaf Powder is often referred to as the “New Superfood”. Advertised under the appellation of Superfood or Nutritional Supplement, Moringa provides the human body with a concentrated source of essential macro and micro nutrients such as Vitamins (A, C and E), Minerals (Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Iron and Zinc) , all 9 essential Amino Acids (Histindine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine + Cystine, Phenlylalanine + Tyrosine, Threonine, Tryptophan and Valine) and Antioxidants (Flavonoids such as Myrectin, Quercetin and Kaempferol, Phenolic Acids, Alkaloids, Glucosinolate, Isothiocyonates, Tannins and Saponins) (Vergara-Jimenez, et al., 2017)

The powder can be retailed in its original form as well as in capsules or tablets or integrated into food and beverages.

Moringa can be integrated into cosmetics throught different by-product.

The Extract of Moringa Leaf is widely used in the cosmetic industry as it has many therapeutic and skin purifying properties. It removes impurities from the skin and rejuvenates it. It also enhances fairness and maintains the natural skin color. Research suggests that topical formulation of moringa extract is capable of revitalizing the skin and reducing signs of skin aging. Future studies are required to unravel the anti-aging activity and mechanism of plant constituents in the form of topical formulation (Atif Ali, et al., 2014).

Moringa Leaf Powder is mostly used in the making of soap and skin care products such as facial masks for similar propoerties of the leaf extract.

Moringa Seed Oil presents an interesting phyto-chemical composition for its use in the cosmetic industry. The major saturated fatty acids are palmitic, stearic, arachidic and behenic acids and the main unsaturated fatty acid is oleic acid (67.9–70.0%), with small amounts of palmitoleic, linoleic, linolenic, and eicosenoic acids (Abdulkarim, et al., 2005). The seed oil is recognised for treating skin issues and being anti-fungal, as well as protecting from free damaging radicals (Abdulkarim, et al., 2011)

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