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Research on Moringa

Read for yourself what science says about Moringa.

To most people, moringa sounds too good to be true. Or, some are skeptical about another “natural” remedy that promises health and wellness. While moringa is often described as a miracle food, these claims are not without a scientific basis. Reputable and objective sources have conducted extensive research that confirms the claims that moringa is extremely high in vitamins and nutrients. The list of research studies below is only a partial one. As we compile from several sources, we’ll add them regularly. Read for yourself what science says about moringa!

The research sources below in no way endorse, support or otherwise are connected in any way with Moringa Is For Life. Their purpose is to educate about moringa oleifera, not persuade you to purchase our products.


Moringa oleifera: A Review of the Medical Evidence for Its Nutritional, Therapeutic, and Prophylactic Properties. Part 1. – Jed W. Fahey, Sc.D. – Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Cancer Chemoprotection Center, 725 N. Wolfe Street, 406 WBSB, Baltimore, Maryland, USA 21205-2185


Suggested Cultural Practices for Moringa – M.C. Palada and L.C. Chang, Asian Vegetable Research Development Center (AVRDC). Published 2003.

Moringa oleifera A multi-purpose tree – HDRA – the organic organisation. The Tropical Advisory Service HDRA – the organic organisation Ryton Organic Gardens Coventry CV8 3LG UK. Published 2002.

The multi-purpose Moringa tree: Ethiopia – Dr.Yalemtsehay Mekonnen, Director, Institute of Pathobiology, Addis Ababa University. Published 2002.

Moringa Leaf Powder – Beth Doerr and Lindsay Cameron – ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), 17391 Durrance Road, N. Fort Myers, FL 33917. Published 2005.

The Moringa Tree – Dr. Martin L. Price – ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), 17391 Durrance Road, N. Fort Myers, FL 33917. Published 2005.

Moringa Recipes – ECHO Staff – ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), 17391 Durrance Road, N. Fort Myers, FL 33917. Published 2005.

A Compilation of Worldwide Research in a 52-page presenation, pdf format – This presentation, compiled by Trees For Life (www.treesforlife.org) features studies by the following:

1. Gopalan, C., B.V. Rama Sastri, and S.C. Balasubramanian. Nutritive value of Indian foods. Hyderabad, India: (National Institute of Nutrition), 1971 (revised and updated by B.S. Narasinga Rao, Y.G. Deosthale, and K.C. Pant, 1989).
2. Fuglie, Lowell J., ed. The Miracle Tree—Moringa oleifera: Natural Nutrition for the Tropics. Training Manual. 2001. Church World Service, Dakar, Senegal. May 2002.
3. Price, Martin L. “The Moringa Tree.” Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) Technical Note. 1985 (revised 2002). May 2002.
4. Saint Sauveur (de), Armelle. “Moringa exploitation in the world: State of knowledge and challenges.” Development Potential for Moringa Products. International Workshop, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 29 Oct. – 2 Nov. 2001.
5. Morton, Julia F. “The Horseradish Tree, Moringa pterygosperma (Moringaceae)—A Boon to Arid Lands?” Economic Botany. 45 (3), (1991): 318-333.
6. IndianGyan: The Source for Alternative Medicines and Holistic Health. Home Remedies for Common Ailments. May 2002.
7. Bakhru, H.K. Foods That heal: The Natural Way to Good Health. South Asia Books, 1995.
8. New Crop Resource Online Program (NewCROP).“Moringa Oleifera Lam.” 7 Jan.1998. Purdue U. Jan. 2005.
9. Sairam, T.V. Home remedies, Vol II: A Handbook of Herbal Cures for Commons Ailments. New Delhi, India: Penguin, 1999.
10. M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation. Moringa oleifera Lam, Moringaceae. May 2002.
11. Participatory Development Resource Centre for Africa (PDRCA) Page. United Nations Volunteers. Aug. 2000.
12. Home Truths Page. Morepen Laboratories. March 2002.
13. United Nations World Food Programme. Interactive Hunger Map. 2004. December 2004.
14. Foidl, N., Makkar, H.P.S. and Becker, K. The potential of Moringa oleifera for agricultural and industrial uses. In: L.J. Fuglie (Ed.), The Miracle Tree: The Multiple Attributes of Moringa (pp. 45-76). Dakar, Senegal: Church World Service, 2001.
15. Fuglie, L. New Uses of Moringa Studied in Nicaragua. ECHO Development Notes #68, June, 2000.
16. Reyes, S.N. Moringa oleifera and Cratylia argentea: potential fodder species for ruminants in Nicaragua. Doctoral thesis, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. 2006.

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