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Moringa – the drumstick tree

Moringa is a tropical tree, fast growing, resistant to drought and an important source of food for people and animals in many countries. There are 13 species known, of which Moringa oleifera is particularly easy to reproduce and its growth is very fast.
It has been lauded since Aryuvedic times. Modern scientific research now shows that the leaves are full of nutritious content – for example, gram for gram, moringa leaves are an excellent source of calcium,vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and protein.

But most importantly, the moringa tree could have an important economic impact in the areas where the tree is found (Africa, Asia, the Americas) as it contains polyelectrolytes which are highly effective in water treatment and produces a biodegradable flocculent unlike aluminum sulphate, currently used in water treatment plants.

Vegetable oil extracted from the seeds are also useful in cosmetic products.

Moringa is also an important food source in many countries. In India, Moringa pods are widely consumed and plantations exist to produce pods for export, fresh and tinned, to overseas consumers.

In West Africa, Moringa oleifera leaves are commonly used to make sauces. Moringa stenopetala leaves are the staple food of the Konso people in Ethiopia.

Studies have shown the leaves to be an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and protein: perhaps more than any other tropical vegetable. Many programs use Moringa leaves to fight against malnutrition and its associated diseases (blindness etc.).

Bottom line, Moringa is Really Green – its leaves, its pods, its seeds, its properties, its nature…all are plusses for the environment.

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Other Languages

English: Drumstick tree, Horseradish tree, Mother’s Best Friend, Radish tree, West Indian ben
French: Bèn ailé, Benzolive, Moringa
German: Behenbaum, Behenussbaum, Flügelsaniger Bennussbaum, Pferderettichbaum

Ghana (Ewe) Yevu-ti, Babatsi
India (Hindi) Munaga, Sahijna, Sarinjna, Segra, Shajmah, Shajna
Italian: Sàndalo ceruleo

Kenya (Swahili Mkimbo, Mlonge, Mlongo, Mronge, Mrongo, Mzungu, Mzunze
Portuguese: Acácia branca, Cedra (Brazil), Marungo, Moringuiero, Muringa
Spanish: Árbol del ben, Ben, Morango, Moringa

Sudan (Arabic) Alim, Halim, Shagara al ruwag (“The tree for purifying”), Ruwag

Sources: http://snipurl.com/moringa
http://www.treesforlife.org/project/moringa; http://www.moringanews.org

HELP the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in their billion tree campaign – PLANT MORINGA TREES

http://www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign/

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Comments on: "Moringa is good for people, water, the planet" (8)

  1. Hello — there is some literature on the benefits of moringa leaves in the nutrition of livestock. I myself have no personal experience with this, but the following item is from a paper written by a group of researchers in Taiwan —

    \\\”The effects of dehydrated leaves of M. oleifera in the diets of broilers were also
    investigated. The trial included 5 treatments (diet without moringa and diets
    containing 0.5%, 1%, 2% and 3% dried leaves) with 3 replications and 4 broilers per
    replication. Twenty-one day old broilers were housed in wire cages for one week
    adaptation followed by a 3-week-experimental feeding period. Feed and water were
    supplied ad libitum. Growth performance, immune function and ileum microflora
    were evaluated. The results (data not shown) indicated that Moringa diets
    significantly (1) enhanced duodenum traits; (2) increased concentrations of total
    globulin, γ-globulin and IgA, lymphocyte ratio, antibody titer to sheep erythrocytes,
    and delayed type hypersensitivity (3) reduced E. coli and increased Lactobacillus
    counts in ileum. In conclusion: Moringa oleifera leaves are potential plant material to
    enhance immune responses and improve intestinal health of broilers. The efficacy of
    Moringa oleifera as bioceutical agents to substitute for antibiotic use for broiler
    production will be further examined\\\”

    You can find more if you do a search through the various links on the Moringa List, and through other Moringa sites on the Web.

    Regards,
    Joe

    Joe Joe Nessim, jnessj@hotmail.com, Kibbutz Samar (2007-05-20)

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    Original message:
    Could someone kindly let us know if dried moringa leaf powder could be mixed in livestock and poultry feed to obtain better result/performences.
    Thanks.
    , , (2007-05-20)

  2. Even if Moringa Tree successfully accomplished no more than 10% of all claims attributed to it, we should encourage every nation on earth to make it available to its people. Hopefully, this could be the medicine God has made available for eradication of HIV/AIDS from the face of the earth.Just make sure it is kept a good distance from Pharmaceutical monster companies.

  3. I am student of Ph.D Animal Nutrition. I really appreciate the thoughts. By the Grace of God i am going to start 4 trials using Moringa as water treatment, Vitamin+Mineral mixture, Leaves as protein source and Seed meal as protein source in quails.
    I know it will be a hard job but if any of your senior Professor or scientist send me any material in this regard, i will be more than thankful.
    Regards.
    Syed Kaleem Ul Hassan.

  4. hi, is there a difference between Moringa leaves extract added via drinking and moringa leaf meal added in feeds, in terms of growth performance of broilers. pls reply.. or send in horpor17@yahoo.com

  5. We are in the process of applying for 1000 hecters for Moringa plants, we need all the advice you can give.
    Best regards

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