Scientists have warned about the dangers of consuming Moringa Oleifera leaves, must especially during pregnancy as it could lead to congenital deformities.
The study which was published in the Italian Journal of Anatomy and Embryology was titled “Noxious effect of Moringa Oleifera leave extract on the developing brain, morphology, and behavior of Wistar rat”.
Speaking on the study, Prof. Adefolarin Malomo, a consultant Neurosurgeon who carried out the study with other medical doctors said consumption of Moringa Oleifera could affect the body, brain, and cerebral of newborns.
The study was carried out on pregnant rats.
“Group one animals received distilled water and served as control animals, while group two animals received 200 mg/kg body weight of Moringa oleifera leave extract orally.
“All the animals were provided with rat cubes and water and libitum during pregnancy and lactation.
“After birth, some congenital malformations such as meromelia, phocomelia, and amelia were observed in the pups of Moringa oleifera group only.
“The behavior of the rats was significantly worse in the Moringa Oleifera group, especially in the area of motor function,” he said.
“This study suggests that M. Oleifera may be embryotoxic as well as teratogenic in animals,” he said.
NAN reports that moringa often referred to as the miracle seed among Nigerians, is believed to have healing properties that can cure various illnesses.
Owing to its perceived diverse health benefits, moringa business is one of the fastest growing agribusinesses in the country.