Dried Moringa Leaf Powder Play a Role in Malnutrition in India
C Partheeban*, K Prithiviraj, M Mogesh, S Sriram, K Natarajan, S Sibi, R Selvin Sundar, S Srisabari and Y Peradheep
Faculty Centre for Agricultural Education and Research, Ramakrishna Mission
Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
*Corresponding Author: C Partheeban, Faculty Centre for Agricultural Education and Research, Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research
Institute, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India.
July 05, 2022; Published: December 07, 2022
Moringa is called as “Miracle tree” due to its medicinal abilities. Moringa is botanically called as Moringa oleifera. Its belongs to the family Moringaceae falls under order Brassicales. India accounts first rank in Moringa production and contributes 80 percent in global production. Moringa is cultivated under an area of 43,600 ha with the total production of 51 tonnes per ha in India. WHO states that the pregnant adolescents are at particular risk of developing anaemia because of their own growth and the growth of the foetus. The iron deficiency anemia is one of the main nutritional problems in many countries. Moringa leaf powder is used as nutritional supplement. It has antioxidant properties. It acts against the free radicals and oxidative damage. The leaf powder is wealthy in more than one mineral and nutrients including iron, vitamin A (carotenoid), and vitamin C which are crucial for iron metabolism. The daily dose of 70 g of Moringa is suggested in the daily diet to meet out the malnutritional defects caused by Iron deficiency. Moringa leaf powder cookies that can be developed for the prevention of anemia. The consumption of moringa leaf incorporated cookies helps to boost up the hemoglobin level in pregnant women. So, Dried moringa leaf powder consumption in daily life is more important due to unavailability of fresh leaves.
Keywords: Moringa; Dried Moringa Leaf Powder; Malnutrition; Iron Deficiency; Cookies
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