What the Experts Say

Research

.Published research such as Moringa oleifera: A review on nutritive importance and its medicinal application provide detailed information about the nutritional content of moringa.  This study states that: "Moringa oleifera belonging to the family of Moringaceae is an effective remedy for malnutrition. Moringa is rich in nutrition owing to the presence of a variety of essential phytochemicals present in its leaves, pods and seeds. In fact, moringa is said to provide 7 times more vitamin C than oranges, 10 times more vitamin A than carrots, 17 times more calcium than milk, 9 times more protein than yoghurt, 15 times more potassium than bananas and 25 times more iron than spinach."

Malawi specific research

Malawi specific research has been conducted in the use of moringa as a feeding suplement.  Example research includes studies by the International Food Policy Research Unit in the USA that investigated the use and cost of moringa leaf powder in the treatment of Vitamin A deficiency.  Additionally, Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh conducted research into the use of moringa leaf powder as a food suplement.  Some of the headline nutritional content from that study is below, (values are per 100g).

A complete breakdown of nutritional values for moringa leaf and leaf powder can be found on the US Food and Drug Administration website here.

Medicinal uses

There is a wide variety of open source moringa research available.  This article "Moringa oleifera: A Food Plant with Multiple Medicinal Uses" (Anwar etal, 2007) provides an excellent overview of the medicinal uses of moriinga. The report summarises that:

"In addition to its compelling water purifying powers and high nutritional value, M. oleifera is very important for its medicinal value. Various parts of this plant such as the leaves, roots, seed, bark, fruit, flowers and immature pods act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants, possess antitumor, antipyretic, antiepileptic, antiinflammatory, antiulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and antifungal activities, and are being employed for the treatment of different ailments in the indigenous system of medicine, particularly in South Asia."

A second summary of moronga research can be in this article:  PHARMACOLOGICAL POTENTIALS OF MORINGA OLEIFERA LAM.: A REVIEW. 

Water purification

A developing use of moringa is in water purification - see here.  Crushed moribga seed, a by-product of moringa oil production offers a technology free means to purify water.  The process is simple and can be seen in this video.

Penn State University in the USA is currently developing a moringa based water filter that could revolutionise water supply in rural areas of Malawi and across the developing world.  MML is monitoring progress with a view to assist in field trials in 2021.

Fertiliser

Research has shown that moringa can be successfully used as an organic fertiliser - a study by the University of Cairo concludes:

"Thus, it is concluded that M. oleifera leaf and twig extracts can be recommended to be used effectively by farmers as a bio-organic fertilizer for various crops due to its high productivity, high nutritive value, antioxidant effect, easy preparation, low cost and environmentally friendly nature."

Smallholder grown moringa could therefore transform yields of other smallholder grown produce, some research suggests by up to 30%, organically and at nil cost.  A significant impact generated through your purchases of moringa products.