Moringa oleifera

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We have compiled research results (studies) from Africa, India, USA, China, Japan, Paris, Philippines and South Africa to test Moringa and confirm the safety aspects as well as health benefits and for water purification.


The following paper is intended to be useful for both scientific and lay audiences.


I have done some strange research since the beginning of my Evangelistic ministry in 1976 and appointment as Chairperson for Human Resource Development (RDP) in 1995 - Professor from 2005 - Certified Health Practitioner from 31 March 2008 as well as Mental Health Clinician since 2008.

I have always been interested in natural products, alternative health, preventative health and even tested some wild health treatment & preventative claims that have been made together with some scientific findings, even on myself-

First with the treated meat (biltong) of the pre-historic Crocodile, (I avoided the common cold and flu for 2 years)- then Aloe Vera Gel and snails, for skin problems and even 750 ml. Gordons Dry Gin mixed with 1 Table Spoon washing soda (1 tot every second day) to open my blocked arteries to avoid by-pass surgery (effectively) (My pharmacist warned me about the dangers of washing soda but my brother, Wynand De Bruin's medical doctor encouraged him to try it as he already experienced two heart attacks and refused to go for heart surgery as well... and today I compiled this paper about my best natural findings yet called-

Moringa oleifera, or drumstick tree , it is a pan-tropical species that is known by such regional names as benzolive, the horseradish tree, kelor, marango, mlonge, mulangay, nébéday, saijhan, and sajna.

Over the past two decades, many reports have appeared in mainstream scientific journals describing its water purification, nutritional and medicinal properties.

Although there have been references to the Moringa Tree that go back a couple thousand years, and the World Health Organization has been studying and using the plant for the last forty years as a low cost health enhancer in the poorest countries around the world, there is a reason why the moringa leaf is still relatively unknown.

The sale of all forms of vitamins, minerals, and health supplements is a big business. If you were a company selling hundreds of nutritional products, why would you sell one product that could potentially wipe out all your other products! This would be true for the pharmaceutical
industry as well. These industries, with huge marketing budgets, would rather the general public remains ignorant about the moringa leaf.

Its utility as a non-food product has also been extensively described, but will only partly be discussed herein, (e.g. lumber, charcoal, fencing, water clarification, lubricating oil). As with many reports of the nutritional or medicinal value of a natural product, there are an alarming number of purveyors of “healthful” food who are now promoting M. oleifera as a panacea. While much of this recent enthusiasm indeed appears to be justified, it is critical to separate rigorous scientific evidence from anecdote. Those who charge a premium for products containing Moringa spp. must be held to a high standard. Those who promote the cultivation and use of Moringa spp. in regions where hope is in short supply must be provided with the best available evidence, so as not to raise false hopes and to encourage the most fruitful use of scarce research capital. It is the purpose of this series of brief reviews to: (a) critically evaluate the published scientific evidence on M. oleifera, (b) highlight claims from the traditional and tribal medicinal lore and from non-peer reviewed sources that would benefit from further, rigorous scientific evaluation, and (c) suggest directions for future clinical research that could be carried out by local investigators in developing regions.

This is the first of 3 planned papers on the nutritional, therapeutic, and prophylactic properties of Moringa oleifera. In this introductory paper, the scientific evidence for health effects are summarized in tabular format, and the strength of evidence is discussed in very general terms. A second paper will address a select few uses of Moringa in greater detail than they can be dealt with in the context of this paper. A third paper will probe the phytochemical components of Moringa in more depth. A final paper will lay out a number of suggested research projects that can be initiated at a very small scale and with very limited resources, in geographic regions which are suitable for Moringa cultivation and utilization.

Since various terms used herein are likely not familiar to the lay reader, nor are many of the references readily available to either scientific or lay audiences, we encourage active on-line dialog between readers and the author . We will attempt to answer questions and to direct readers to the experts in an open and public manner.

In advance of the final paper in the series, the author solicits suggestions and will gladly acknowledge contributions that are incorporated into the final manuscript. It is the intent and hope of the journal’s editors that such a network of small-scale, locally executed investigations might be successfully woven into a greater fabric which will have enhanced scientific power over similar small studies conducted and reported in isolation. Such an approach will have the added benefit that statistically sound planning, peer review, and multi-center coordination brings to a scientific investigation.


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14/05/2009 13:20


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