Effects of Moringa Oleifera Leaves and Honey Supplementation during Pregnancy on Mothers and Newborns: A Review of the Current Evidence


  • Veni Hadju School of Public Health, Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia
  • Muhammad Dassir School of Forestry, Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia
  • Andi Sadapotto School of Forestry, Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia
  • Aliyah Putranto School of Pharmacy, Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia
  • Geoffrey Marks School of Public Health, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
  • Andi Imam Arundhana School of Public Health, Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia




pregnant women, Moringa oleifera, honey, newborn, supplementation


BACKGROUND: Malnutrition in pregnant women has been known to bring effects on the mothers’ and infants’ health. Food or nutrient supplementation is now being used to correct the problems. Moringa Oleifera leaves and honey are the two types of natural supplements used by pregnant women.

AIM: This systematic review aimed to evaluate the potential effects of Moringa, honey, and both compared to ironfolic acid supplements given to pregnant women on the pregnancy outcomes.

METHODS: A systematic review was conducted to evaluate the extent of the benefits of the supplementation of M. Oleifera, honey, or both against pregnant women. There were seven studies which are conducted in Indonesia on this topic.

RESULTS: This review shows that M. Oleifera leaves in the form of extract and powder as well as honey could improve maternal weight and hemoglobin, and baby’s birth weight. Moreover, both interventions could reduce stress and protect mothers and their babies from negative effects of oxidative stress.

CONCLUSION: Nevertheless, efforts are needed to formulate a recommended dose as adequate supplements for pregnant women.


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Hadju V, Dassir M, Sadapotto A, Putranto A, Marks G, Arundhana AI. Effects of Moringa Oleifera Leaves and Honey Supplementation during Pregnancy on Mothers and Newborns: A Review of the Current Evidence. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2020 Sep. 20 [cited 2021 Dec. 4];8(F):208-14. Available from: https://oamjms.eu/index.php/mjms/article/view/4670



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