Potential application of the Moringa species as natural supplements In Namibia: a review

  • Sharon Huber
  • Thomas J. Huber
  • Natalia K. Ananias
  • Michael G. Knott

Abstract

The members of the Moringaceae tree family show promise as good dietary sources of essential nutrients. Moringa oleifera is the most researched species of Moringa trees and has gained much recognition for its exceptionally high nutritional value. It is particularly rich in minerals, such as calcium and iron which are essential for growth and development. Indigenous to Namibia, Moringa ovalifolia is one of the under-recognized species which could potentially carry the same nutritional importance as M. oleifera. Malnutrition remains a major public health problem in Namibia. On average27%of the Namibian population lives below the poverty line and are at risk of food in security. In times of persistent drought, micro nutrient malnutrition may become a wide spread occurrence. This paper explores the health benefits of nutrients found in M. oleifera and M. ovalifolia, with particular focus on their potential to alleviate nutrient deficiencies in Namibia.

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Published
2018-03-07
How to Cite
Huber, S., Huber, T. J., Ananias, N. K., & Knott, M. G. (2018). Potential application of the Moringa species as natural supplements In Namibia: a review. International Science and Technology Journal of Namibia, 122 - 132. Retrieved from http://journals.unam.edu.na/index.php/ISTJN/article/view/1221
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