A nutritionist, Mr Philip Amiengheme said Moringa helps to balance the cholesterol level in the body as each part of the plant has nutritional and medicinal values.
Amiengheme who is president of Advocacy for the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases Initiative (APNDI), an NGO spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja saying that Wikipedia describes Moringa as the sole genus in the flowering plant family Moringaceae.
The name is derived from the Tamil word Murunggai or the Malayalam word Muringa, both of which refer to M. Oleifera.
It contains 13 species from tropical and subtropical climates that range in sizes from tiny herbs to giant trees.
"Moringa is the most nutritious plant discovered on earth. Each part of Moringa has nutritional and medicinal values.
"It is widely promoted in poverty-stricken areas to counter malnutrition for the effects can be seen in a few days of including it in the diet.
He said the general rule was that the nutrients work together best in combination with other minerals and vitamins than taken alone, saying the leaves are the most nutritious part of the tree.
Amiengheme said, "Moringa is rich in Vitamin A, it has four times more Vitamin A or carotene than carrots which is a weapon against blindness.
"It is also a rich source of Vitamin C, it contains Vitamin C seven times more than oranges.
"Normally milk is said to be a rich source of calcium but the amount of calcium present in Moringa leaves is way higher than in milk.