The possible role of Moringa oleifera in HIV/AIDS supportive treatment

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Author: Burger DJ, Fuglie L, Herzig JW; International Conference on AIDS.

Int Conf AIDS. 2002 Jul 7-12; 14: abstract no. F12423.

University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Aims: To present Moringa powder supplementation as an immune stimulant for HIV+ people, particularly those who cannot afford good nutrition and medicines in Africa. Introduction: 70% of all HIV positive people live in sub-Saharan Africa where malnutrition is rife. The collapse of the immune system in an HIV+ individual results in the symptoms of AIDS. It is known that certain elements and vitamins (For example Vit C,E,A elements Zinc, Iron ) can stimulate the immune system and thereby improve the health and lifestyle of an individual for many years. ISSUE: Dried leaf powder from the Moringa oleifera is an excellent nutrient source and can easily supplement basic food intake of African people. Moringa is exceptionally rich in Vit A/[beta] carotene, Vit C, E and key elements including selenium, but also contains almost a full RDA of other nutrients required for a healthy lifestyle. Literature reports support a synergism between Nutrition Acquired Immunodeficiency and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. This suggests that enhanced nutrition (such as that which can be achieved via Moringa) could benefit a person with AIDS. The effects of Moringa powder supplementation are currently under investigation in a phase 1 clinical trial of HIV patients at the Medical Faculty, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. RECOMMENDATION: Moringa dry leaf powder may be a valuable nutrient for the poor communities of Africa by boosting the immune system to fight infections and thereby enhancing the well-being of HIV+ persons.

Publication Types:

  • Meeting Abstracts


  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
  • Africa
  • Africa South of the Sahara
  • HIV
  • HIV Infections
  • HIV Seropositivity
  • Health
  • Health Planning Guidelines
  • Humans
  • Infection
  • Moringa oleifera
  • Nutrition Disorders
  • Nutrition Physiology
  • Poverty
  • South Africa
  • therapy

Other ID:

  • GWAIDS0014663
  • UI: 102252161

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