Moringa Leaf Powder Treating Malnutrition

Moringa Leaf Powder Treating Malnutrition

In 1997-98, Alternative Action for African Development (AGADA) and Church World Service tested the ability of Moringa leaf powder to prevent or cure malnutrition in pregnant or breast-feeding women and their children in southwestern Senegal.5, 19 Malnutrition was a major problem in this area, with more than 600 malnourished infants treated every year. During the test, doctors, nurses, and midwives were trained in preparing and using Moringa leaf powder for treating malnutrition. Village women were also trained in the preparation and use of Moringa leaf powder in foods.

This test found the following effects to be common among subjects taking Moringa leaf powder:
 Children maintained or increased their weight and improved overall health.
 Pregnant women recovered from anemia and had babies with higher birth weights.
 Breast-feeding women increased their production of milk.

For centuries, people in many countries have used Moringa leaves as traditional medicine for common ailments. Clinical studies have begun to suggest that at least some of these claims are valid. With such great medicinal value being suggested by traditional medicine, further clinical testing is very much needed at this time. If studies conclude that even some of the claims are

correct, these leaves could become an invaluable resource for people in areas where other forms of treatment are scarce.

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