Vol. 13 No. 2
Moringa oleifera (Lam) – A nutritional powerhouse
Abstract: Moringa oleifera Lam., a medium sized tree species has gained importance due to its multipurpose usage and well adaptability to dry and hot climates of North-Western plains, central India and dry regions of peninsular India. It can be grown as a crop on marginal lands with high temperatures and low water availability, where it is difficult to cultivate other agricultural crops. It has an impressive range of medicinal uses with high nutritional value. Different parts of this plant contain a profile of important minerals and are a good source of protein, vitamins, carotene, amino acids and various phenolics. In addition to its compelling water purifying powers and it is also used as fodder. Numerous Research reports have appeared in different national and international scientific journals by studying its nutritional properties of Moringa over the past decades. This study provides a brief overview about multipurpose and nutrient content of Moringa oleifera tree.
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