The moringa, oleifera popularly known as zogale in Hausa is grown mainly in semi arid, tropical and subtropical areas. It grows best in sandy soil. It tolerates poor soil. It is fast growing, drought resistant tree that is native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in north-western India.

Today it is widely cultivated in Africa central and South America. It is considered one of the world most useful trees as every part of it is very beneficiary to humanity.

In developing countries like Nigeria, it is used as a metabolic condition to aid against endemic diseases.

The importance of moringa to humanity and the whole world cannot be overemphasized; it improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development and support sustainable land care.

The leaves are highly nutrition, being a significant source of beta carotene, vitamin c, protein iron and potassium. The leaves are cooked and can be used in any food and the cooked water can be used for tea and is good and medicine to the body especially pregnant woman and the unborn child. It can be used as s substantive for spinad crushed into powder and is used in soups and saurce. The tree is a good for calcium and phosphorus. Moringa leaves and pods are helpful in increasing breast milk in the breast feeding months.

Research have showed that one tablespoon of leaf  powder provide 14% of protein, 40% of calcium, 23% of iron and the most of the vitamin A, need of a child aged one to three. Six tablespoon of leaf powder will provide neaving all of the woman daily iron and calcium need during pregnancy and breast feeding.

The moringa seed yield 38-40% edible oil. The refined oil is clear an odorless and resist rancidity and other botanical oil. The seed cake remaining after oil extraction may be used as fertilizer or as a flocculent to purify water.

The bark, sap, root, leaves, seed, oil and flowers are used as traditional medicine in several countries to cure diseases like eye problem, high blood pressure, skin diseases and others.

The article on the importance of moringa was written by:

Rhoda Philip






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