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Huber, S., Huber, T.J., Ananias, N.K. and Knott, M. 2017. Potential application of the Moringa species as natural supplements in Namibia: A Review. International Science and Technology Journal of Namibia, 10: 122-132


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Potential application of the Moringa species as natural supplements in Namibia: A Review.

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The members of the Moringaceae tree family show promise as good dietary sources of essential nutrients. Moringa oleifera is the most researched species of Moringa trees and has gained much recognition for its exceptionally high nutritional value. It is particularlyrnrich in minerals, such as calcium and iron which are essential for growth and development. Indigenous to Namibia, Moringa ovalifolia is one of the under-recognized species which could potentially carry the same nutritional importance as M. oleifera. Malnutrition remains a major public health problem in Namibia. On average 27% of the Namibian population lives below the poverty line and are at risk of food insecurity. In times of persistent drought, micronutrient malnutrition may become a widespread occurrence. This paper explores the health benefits of nutrients found in M. oleifera and M. ovalifolia, with particular focus on their potential to alleviate nutrient deficiencies in Namibia. Keywords: Namibia, Moringa oleifera, Moringa ovalifolia, natural supplement, micronutrients,rnmalnutrition.

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