Micronutrient deficiencies are now recognized as an important contributor to the global burden of disease. According to nutrition expert Prof. Mike Golden: “Much of the problem with nutrition is not the quantity of food but the quality of food. You need about 40 different nutrients to be healthy.”
Some 50 percent of Ethiopian children are stunted in height; they haven’t been growing properly. In Africa as a whole, just under 40% of its children are chronically malnourished. … This is due to a poor quality diet.
“If you have a poor diet it makes you less able to resist disease, so the diseases come more frequently and they last longer. And when you get over your diarrhea or respiratory chest infection or your coughing or cold, if you are on a poor diet you don’t have the convalescence so you don’t regain the weight you have lost. So you stutter from infection to infection.”
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a “green revolution” to take place in Africa which is “the only continent where child malnutrition is getting worse rather than better.” This is followed by identifying deficiencies of micronutrients (iodine, iron, vitamin A and zinc) in diets as an underlying cause of morbidity and mortality, studies done in Nepal and India to measure the impact of supplementing diets with micronutrient doses, WHO recommendations in this approach, and case studies in three countries in Africa which determined that this approach is not effective due to “the extent of missed opportunities to deliver nutrition services during routine prenatal, postnatal and child-care consultations for the prevention and treatment of highly prevalent nutritional deficiencies.”
“ Malnutrition severely impacts on the socio- economic development of a nation because a work force that is stunted both malnutrition causes a great deal of human suffering and is associated with more than half of all deaths of children worldwide. mentally and physically may have a reduced work capacity. The interaction of poverty, poor health and poor nutrition has a multiplier effect on the general welfare of the population and also contributes significantly towards keeping a population in a downward trend of poverty and nutritional insecurity. Thus nutrition plays an important role in the reproduction of poverty from one generation to the next.”
According to Dr. Lowell Fuglie, the West Africa representative of the Church World Service who used the Moringa tree as a base for a nutrition program, “for a child aged 1-3, a 100 g serving of fresh cooked leaves would provide all his daily requirements of calcium, about 75% of his iron and half his protein needs, as well as important amounts of potassium, B vitamins, copper and all the essential amino acids. As little as 20 grams of leaves would provide a child with all the vitamins A and C he needs.”
“For pregnant and breast-feeding women, Moringa leaves and pods can do much to preserve the mother’s health and pass on strength to the fetus or nursing child. One 100 g portion of leaves could provide a woman with over a third of her daily need of calcium and give her important quantities of iron, protein, copper, sulfur and B-vitamins.”
“One rounded tablespoon (8 g) of leaf powder will satisfy about 14% of the protein, 40% of the calcium, and 23% of the iron and nearly all the vitamin A needs for a child aged 1-3. Six rounded spoonfuls of leaf powder will satisfy nearly all of a woman’s daily iron and calcium needs during pregnancy and breast-feeding.”
The Magical power of Moringa steps in to rescue the body from malnutrition and overall degenerative health. Moringa contains over 90 essential vitamins and nutrients and over 46 types of antioxidants which is a great protein source and good for alkalizing the body, curbing appetite, diabetes, brain health, breast milk production, energy, skin, circulatory system and a gamut of other benefits.