Moringa: A Multipurpose Potential Crop- A Review

Keywords: Moringa; drumstick, nutritional value, nutraceutical, human health, agricultural uses


Moringa oleifera Lam. is the most promising future crop, known from ancient times, possessing high nutritional value and it has a history of being a regular component of conventional foods in India. Its leaves, flowers, pods, seeds and roots are used for multipurpose. One cup of fresh, sliced pods (100 g) contains 157% of  an adult’s daily requirement for vitamin C and it also has an ability to increase food storage and shelf-life. It is used in functional and traditional foods, e.g. in making soups, weaning foods, amala, biscuits, bread, cake and yoghurt as well as cheese. In various medicinal applications, it works as antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antiulcer, antihyperglycemic, antidiabetic and antimicrobial agent and in agricultural uses as animal feed, forage crop, natural plant growth enhancer and pesticide. This review article presents the various uses, of Moringa discovered through past years of research in animal and human subjects as well as in other experimental studies, besides, the possibility of including the species for diversity and sustainability.

Author Biographies

Suryendra Singh, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Ludhiana, Punjab

Assistant Professor (Agronomy)

S. Elamathi, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Tamil Nadu, India

Assistant Professor (Agronomy)

P. Anandhi, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Tamil Nadu, India

Assistant Professor (Entomolgy)

Thomas Abraham, Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences, Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Professor (Agronomy)


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