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Moringa Research Update

August 18, 2011

The following research abstracts have been added to the Moringa research pages in the right column. For a review of the complete article open the research page and go the the abstract number.

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Antidiarrhoeal Activity of Leaf Extract of Moringa Oleifera In Experimentally Induced Diarrhoea In Rats

Lakshminarayana M, Shivkumar H, Rimaben P, Bhargava VK

Abstract

To evalauate the antidiarrhoeal activity of the hydroalcoholic extract of moringa oleifera leaves. The hydroalchoholic extract was evaluated using rodent animal models of diarrhoea like the castor oil and magnesium sulfate induced gastrointestinal motility, in a model of enteropooling induced by the administration of castor oil and PGE2, Charcoal meal test. Acute toxicity and phytochemical constituents were also been evaluated using standardized methods.

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Phytomedicine. 2011 Jan 15;18(2-3):91-5. Epub 2010 Jul 16.

Moringa oleifera induced potentiation of serotonin release by 5-HT(3) receptors in experimental ulcer model.

Debnath S, Biswas D, Ray K, Guha D.

Source

S. N. Pradhan Centre for Neurosciences, University of Calcutta, 244B A.J.C. Bose Road, Kolkata 700020, India. siddhartha debnath78@rediffmail.com

Abstract

ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE:

moringa oleifera (Moringaceae), a perennial plant is widely cultivated throughout the world. Extensive pharmacological studies revealed its promising role in modulation of various disorders like antispasmodic, diuretic, abortifacient, antimicrobial antibacterial, antitubercular, antiviral, antifertility, depressant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer property which promoted us to conduct the study to elucidate its role on experimental gastric ulceration.

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PROCESSING MORINGA LEAVES

August 5, 2011

I received an email article about Moringa Processing in Ghana  using the Compatible Technology International Omega VI grinder. The grinder will process both Moringa leaves and roasted peanuts. In fact, mixing the two after grinding makes a wonderful tasting and highly nutritious combination.

 

While hand grinding is still widely used and it does produce a highly visual photograph it is slow, time and labor intensive and often produces an inconsistent powder.

In using the Omega grinder, studies indicate that by drying the leaves to less than 9% moisture (non-solar drying preferred), manually crushing them through a #6 mesh screen to remove large stem material, followed by one pass through the Omega VI, a fine Moringa leaf powder could be easily produced. The Omega grinder, including delivery, cost approximately $400.

The Omega VI grinder is one of the many products that CTI produces in response to small food processing needs in rural areas of developing countries. To view the rest of the CTI products go to the following CTI link.

Moringa Presentation @ Dyck Arboretum

July 21, 2011

Jeffery Faus, a Trees for Life staff member, sent me the following email. Thought you might find the presentation interesting. Dr. Russ Bianchi is a medical and scientific formulator with a passion for Moringa.

 

Moringa tree presentation _ Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston will offer a program on “Discovering Medicinal Plants and Health Benefits: The Moringa Tree of India” on July 29 as a benefit for the arboretum. Merv and Shirley Schrag will host the program and provide samples of health products from the moringa tree. Ben Bowers and Russ Bianchi will talk about products they have developed from the tree. Krehbiel Meats will offer refreshments. The cost is $25. Proceeds will help complete the pathway around the arboretum that was removed because of recent construction of the new Prairie Pavilion. Donations are tax deductible. Register by July 25 by calling 620-327-8127.

Read more: http://www.kansas.com/2011/07/16/1935623/gardeners-almanac.html#ixzz1SU9QG4wZ

 

Research Update – Moringa shows potential to relieve pain and inflammation

July 1, 2011

The following research abstract is a copy from Pubmed. The anti-inflammatory characteristics of Moringa have long been listed as one of its many benefits.  The following abstract documents that finding.

Title:

Purification of a Chitin-Binding Protein from Moringa oleifera Seeds with Potential to Relieve Pain and Inflammation.

Authors:

Pereira ML, de Oliveira HD, de Oliveira JT, Gifoni JM, de Oliveira Rocha R, de Oliveira Bezerra de Sousa D, Vasconcelos IM.

Source:

Universidade Federal do Ceará, Departamento de Bioquímica e Biologia Molecular, 60440-990, Fortaleza, CE, Brazil. imvasco@ufc.br.

Abstract:

Moringa oleifera Lam. is a perennial multipurpose tree that has been successfully used in folk medicine to cure several inflammatory processes. The aim of this study was to purify and characterize a chitin-binding protein from Moringa oleifera seeds, named Mo-CBP(4), and evaluate its antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects in vivo. The protein was purified by affinity chromatography on chitin followed by ion exchange chromatography. Acetic acid-induced abdominal constrictions assay was used for the antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activity assessments. Mo-CBP(4) is a glycoprotein (2.9% neutral carbohydrate) composed of two protein subunits with apparent molecular masses of 28 and 18 kDa (9 kDa in the presence of reducing agent). The intraperitoneal injection of Mo-CBP(4) (3.5 and 10 mg/kg) into mice 60 min before acetic acid administration potently and significantly reduced the occurrence of abdominal writhing in a dose dependent manner by 44.7% and 100%, respectively. In addition, the oral administration of the protein (10 mg/kg) resulted in 18% and 52.8% reductions in abdominal writhing when given 30 and 60 min prior to acetic acid administration, respectively. Mo-CBP(4), when administered by intraperitoneal route, also caused a significant and dose-dependent inhibition of peritoneal capillary permeability induced by acid acetic and significantly inhibited leukocyte accumulation in the peritoneal cavity. In conclusion, this pioneering study describes that the chitin-binding protein Mo-CBP(4), from M. oleifera seeds, exhibits anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive properties and scientifically supports the use of this multipurpose tree in folk medicine.

PMID: 21675945 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

NICARAGUA SUPPORTS MORINGA

June 25, 2011

While Balbir Mathur, President of Trees for Life, was in Nicaragua recently to take part in the presentation of guitars to the libraries associated with the Books for Life – Nicaragua project he received an urgent request to meet with Mario Salvo, the Minister of Agriculture.

Nicaragua has become highly involved in promoting Moringa as a means of fighting malnutrition within the country. When Mr. Salvo learned of Balbir’s visit to Nicaragua as part of the Books for Life library project he wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to have an in-depth discussion about Moringa with one of the tree’s leading proponents. Trees for Life  has been promoting Moringa  around the world for the past 25 years and has developed a large body of knowledge and information about the Moringa tree and its properties in treating malnutrition in developing countries.

 

Where the Moringa Tree grows

To read the Moringa book 

Where Moringa is needed most
To donate to Trees for Life
to support the Morniga
project 
 

MORINGA BENEFIT CONCERT

June 21, 2011

 

Ted Garber, singer/songwriter

Trees for Life  salutes Singer-songwriter Ted Barber who presented a solo performance to benefit three international charities on June 8 in Kensington, MD.  For those not in attendance, you missed a real treat. Ted brought his guitar and harmonica and put on an engaging show. The concert benefited the Moringa Tree Project in the Republic of the Congo as well as two other groups.

 

A United Nations news service report detailed the importance of the Moringa Tree Project. The news service reports acute malnutrition rates among the 530,000 children under the age of 5 and among pregnant women. Just one example of the great nutritional benefits are highlighted in the story of Victor, who when taken to the Nutrition Center in Kinshasa was grossly underweight, listless and had a bloated stomach. After two weeks on a diet enriched with Moringa powder Victor had gained 15 pounds. Victor is one of the very fortunate ones. According to the Ministry of Health at least 700 malnourished children under the age of five die each day in the Republic of the Congo.

Children Save Lives with Moringa

June 2, 2011

A group of children in Kansas are helping save the lives of children around the world.

The 23 children aged 5 to 9, from 1st United Methodist Church of Wichita, have been raising money to help plant Moringa trees as part of their Day Camp activities. The students first learned about the highly nutritious Moringa tree and its potential health and medicinal properties for fighting hunger and disease in developing countries. The students then gave presentations to the numerous adult Sunday school classes in their church and collected donations.

The students came to the Trees for Life office in Wichita to present the funds they had raised – a check for $2,501.10. They were thrilled to learn from David Kimble, Executive Director of Trees for Life, that each dollar they raised and donated represented one tree to be planted, so their efforts could help thousands of children around the world.

1st UMC Day Camp Students donate $2,501.10

Why did they do it? The students were articulate in answering this question:

“Because it will help lots of hungry people.”

“The Moringa tree is really good for your health.”

“Moringa has lots of good nutrition, and it can prevent diseases.”

1st UMC Day Camp students volunteering at Trees for Life

The students and their teachers then spent the rest of the afternoon working with Pat Felton, Volunteer Coordinator, on preparing the Moringa tree booklets that Trees for Life distributes around the world. For those couple of hours they filled the room with their joy and enthusiasm for helping others.

Moringa Champions – Green Ghana Volunteers

May 10, 2011

Tree for Life  honor the Green Ghana Volunteers of Accra, Ghana, for their outstanding work and unsurpassed dedication. In honor of Earth Day 2011, The Green Ghana Volunteers planted an amazing 20,000 Moringa seedlings around the Accra region.

 

 

 

Ghana, a small country in Western Africa is still recovering from years of strip mining, deforestation and poor farming practices. The Green Ghana Volunteers chose the Moringa tree for its reforestation project due to its nutritional and medicinal benefits as well as its characteristics of rapid growth and sustainability.

 Not to rest on their past laurels, the Green Ghana Volunteers have committed to planting an additional 100,000 Moringa trees in the coming months. The group works extensively with the Moringa Oleifera tree because of its growth potential, resilient nature, and its unmatched nutritional value in helping local communities.

To learn more about us go to  Trees for Life or the Moringa blog.

RESEARCH PAGE UPDATED

April 26, 2011

The Moringa Research page  in the right column has been updated and now includes 230 research titles. Additional research titles will be added the coming weeks.

EARTH DAY, APRIL 22

April 16, 2011

Earth Day 2011 is rapidly approaching and Trees For Life wants to invite you to take an active part in this years celebration on April 22. Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylor Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held onApril 22, 1970. The event was inspired by an oil spill off of the Santa Barbara coast and it was Senator Nelson’s intent to inspire an awareness and appreciation for the environment. The event became an international event in 1990 when 141 nations participated. Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network and each year is celebrated in more than 175 countries.

Trees for Life would like to express our sincerest apprecation to the thousands of volunteers, representating hundreds of schools and organizations, who over the past 30 years have dedicated their time and resources to be our partners in planting millions of trees around the world.

What are you doing for Earth Day? Check us out at Trees for Life. Our site contains a lot of information about how you can become involved. Want to plant a tree? Take a look at our Tree Adventure Kit  or our Moringa Book .

Want to know more about Earth Day – look at the sites below for more information.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EarthDay

http://earthday.enviroling.org/history.html

http://www.ed.gov/blog/2011/04/earth-day