Moringa oleifera: A review on nutritive importance and its potential use as nutraceutical plant
Sreeja M, Jayasri P, Keerthi N, Yeshashwini J and Praveen J
The use of natural plant products with smaller side effects has gained popularity over the years. The foods that can impart health benefits beyond conventional nutrients, there is enormous scope. One such tree which has enormous nutritional and medicinal benefits is Moringa oleifera. Moringa oleifera Lam. belongs to the Moringaceae family, is a perennial deciduous tropical tree and is rich in macro and micro nutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, vitamins, beta carotene and other bioactive compounds that are necessary to the normal functioning of the body and the prevention of some diseases. Many parts of Moringa oleifera including leaves, flowers and seeds, are edible and other parts such as bark, are used in the production of biodiesel and the purification of water. Moringa oleifera also includes anticancer, anti-ulcer, antimicrobial, antioxidant and has immense therapeutic properties.