Moringa oleifera: Nutritive importance and its medicinal application, as a Review

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1 Department of Chemistry, College of Science, University of Anbar, Anbar, Iraq

2 Department of Chemistry, College of Science, Al-Mustansiriyah University, Baghdad, Iraq


Moringa oleifera Lam (Moringaceae) can be defined as one of the plants which great medicinal and nutritional value. This plant is considered to be native to India, also it has been currently majorly distributed in sub-tropical and tropical world regions. The plant has various parts which are protein sources, minerals, vitamin, also presenting biotechnological and pharmacological possibilities. With this regard, the presented work is gathering information on the discussed plant and showing its pharmacological and nutritional potential, in addition to their chemical constituents. Due to the great nutritive values of the plant, each tree part is adequate for commercial or nutritional uses. The plant’s leaves have a lot of vitamins, minerals, also other significant phytochemicals. The leaves’ extracts are utilized for treating malnutrition, it has been applied as possible antioxidant.


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