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Moringa leaf powder as a supplement for moderately malnourished infants and young children

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8 Dec 2011, 16:15

Hello there, I am looking for information on Moringa leaf powder as a supplement for moderately malnourshed patients, including infants and young children. I am having trouble finding evidence on whether it is safe (i.e. not harmful), effective, and suitable in emergency contexts. I'd be grateful for any insight on this. Thank you kindly, Helen

Mark Manary

Washington University School of Medicine

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9 Jan 2012, 12:28

9-Jan-12 Helen; There is no formal experience that I know of using moringa leaf supplements. In general moringa provides a rich mixture of antioxidants. Moringa is not a rich source of energy. While this is not harmful, it is unlikely to address the acute problem, lack of food. I would be careful not to give moringa to children < 6 months of age, as the immature liver may not be able to metabolize the antioxidants. I would not spend much time on Moringa as it unlikely to help more than just a little bit. Mark Manary

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