Moringa Leaf Nutrition

Serving Size: 100 g (3.5 oz)

Updated | 2021-08-27

Written and reviewed by the NatureClaim Team




Moringa Leaf


Overview of Moringa Leaf Nutrition

Scientific Name: Moringa oleifera


Order: Brassicales


Family: Moringaceae


Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is also called a drumstick tree. It is native to India and is grown around the world. It is widely used as food and medicine. The pods are used in Asian cuisine. Moringa leaves are the most nutritious part of the tree. Moringa leaves are a significant source of vitamin C (86% daily value [DV]); an important nutrient for fighting bacteria and viruses and making collagen. Moringa leaves also contain high amounts of vitamin A. An amount of 100 g of fresh leaves carry 7564 IU or 151% DV of vitamin A. Vitamin A is an antioxidant offering several benefits including maintenance of healthy vision and immune system. The leaves of moringa contain 26,100 mcg of lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants may protect the eyes from damage and degeneration. Lutein and zeaxanthin content were determined from Liu et al. [2007]. The leaves also contain good amounts of B vitamins such as vitamin B6 (60% DV) and riboflavin (39% DV) which function as co-enzymes in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism. Moringa leaves are rich in minerals, especially iron (22% DV) and manganese (53% DV). Iron is essential for red blood cell production. Manganese affects cellular respiration, bone growth, glucose metabolism, and brain activity. Fresh moringa leaves are used as a nutritious green vegetable or the dried, ground leaves are often sold as a dietary supplement.



Calories
Name Amount % Daily Value
Calories 64 kcal 3%


Carbohydrates
Name Amount % Daily Value
Total Carbs 8.28 g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2.00 g 8%
Sugars - g
Starch - g


Sterols
Name Amount % Daily Value
Cholesterol 0.00 mg 0%
Phytosterols - mg


Fat and Fatty Acids
Name Amount % Daily Value
Total Fat 1.40 g 2%
Saturated Fat - g -
Monounsaturated Fat - g
Polyunsaturated Fat, total - g
  • 18:2 n-6 (LA), Omega-6
- g
  • 18:3 n-6 (GLA)
- g
  • 18:3 n-3 (ALA), Omega-3
- g
  • 18:4 n-3 (SDA)
- g
  • 20:5 n-3 (EPA)
- g
  • 22:5 n-3 (DPA)
- g
  • 22:6 n-3 (DHA)
- g
Trans Fat 0.00 g


Protein and Amino Acids
Name Amount % Daily Value
Protein, total 9.40 g 19%
  • Tryptophan
0.14 g
  • Threonine
0.41 g
  • Isoleucine
0.45 g
  • Leucine
0.79 g
  • Lysine
0.54 g
  • Methionine
0.12 g
  • Cystine
0.14 g
  • Phenylalanine
0.49 g
  • Tyrosine
0.35 g
  • Valine
0.61 g
  • Arginine
0.53 g
  • Histidine
0.20 g
  • Alanine
0.71 g
  • Aspartic Acid
0.92 g
  • Glutamic Acid
1.04 g
  • Glycine
0.52 g
  • Proline
0.45 g
  • Serine
0.41 g


Vitamins
Name Amount % Daily Value
Vitamin C 51.70 mg 86%
Thiamin 0.26 mg 17%
Riboflavin 0.66 mg 39%
Niacin 2.22 mg 11%
Pantothenic Acid 0.13 mg 1%
Vitamin B6 1.20 mg 60%
Folate, total 40.00 mg 10%
  • Folic Acid
0.00 mcg
  • Food Folate (dietary folate equivalent)
40.00 mcg
Choline - mg
Betaine - mg
Vitamin B12 0.00 mcg 0%
Vitamin A, total 7564.00 IU 151%
  • Retinol Acitiviy Equivalent
378.00 mcg
  • Retinol
0.00 mcg
  • Beta-Carotene
- mcg
  • Alpha-Carotene
- mcg
  • Beta-Cryptoxanthin
- mcg
Lycopene - mcg
Lutein and Zeaxanthin 26100.00 mcg
Vitamin E, total - IU -
  • Alpha-Tocopherol
- mg
  • Beta-Tocopherol
- mg
  • Gamma-Tocopherol
- mg
  • Delta-Tocopherol
- mg
Vitamin D 0.00 IU 0%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) - mcg -
Biotin - mcg -


Minerals
Name Amount % Daily Value
Calcium 185.00 mg 19%
Iron 4.00 mg 22%
Magnesium 42.00 mg 11%
Phosphorus 112.00 mg 11%
Potassium 337.00 mg 10%
Sodium 9.00 mg 0%
Zinc 0.60 mg 4%
Copper 0.11 mg 5%
Manganese 1.06 mg 53%
Selenium 0.90 mcg 1%
Iodine - mcg -
Chromium - mcg -
Molybdenum - mcg -
Chloride - mg -
Fluoride - mg


Flavonoids
Name Amount
Flavonols
  • Isorhamnetin
0.40 mg
  • Kaempferol
6.00 mg
  • Myricetin
0.00 mg
  • Quercetin
16.60 mg


Others
Name Amount
Water 78.66 g
Ash 2.26 g
Alcohol 0.00 g
Caffeine 0.00 mg
Theobromine 0.00 mg
Resveratrol - mg
Phytoalbumin - mg
Chlorogenic Acid - mg

The "-" means insufficient data.

% Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet or refer to the Dietary Reference Intakes for a specific life stage.


Reference(s):

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central, Current Release.

National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements. Vitamin and Mineral Supplement Fact Sheets. Accessed from https://ods.od.nih.gov/.