Pharmacological, nutritional and antimicrobial uses of Moringa oleifera Lam. leaves in poultry nutrition: an updated knowledge

Mohamed E. Abd El-Hack, Abdulmohsen H. Alqhtani, Ayman A. Swelum, Mohamed T. El-Saadony, Heba M. Salem, Ahmad O. Babalghith, Ayman E. Taha, Osama Ahmed, Mohamed Abdo, Khaled A. El-Tarabily

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Recently, developing countries have focused on using innovative feed in poultry nutrition. The plant Moringa oleifera is native to India but grows worldwide in tropical and subtropical climates. Moringa is planted on a large scale as it can tolerate severe dry and cold conditions. All parts of this plant can be used for commercial or nutritional purposes, and it has a favorable nutritional profile. Beneficial phytochemicals, minerals, and vitamins are abundant in the leaves. The leaf extracts can be used to treat malnutrition; they also possess anticancer, antioxidant, antidiabetic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Further, moringa contains antinutritional substances, such as trypsin inhibitors, phytates, tannins, oxalates, cyanide, and saponins, which have a harmful effect on mineral and protein metabolism. Previous research suggested that including moringa in chicken diets boosts their growth and productivity. Therefore, this review focuses on the characterization and application of M. oleifera in poultry nutrition and its potential toxicity. Furthermore, we discuss the nutritional content, phytochemicals, and antioxidants of M. oleifera leaf meal and its applicability in poultry rations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102031
JournalPoultry science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


  • Moringa oleifera
  • antibiotic alternatives
  • antimicrobials
  • antioxidants
  • organic poultry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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