Research & Devt: Moringa is a goldmine waiting to be tapped – Igwilo
On April 12, 2012 · In Education, Health
Why spend millions of dollars on synthetic medicines with their terrible side effects when God has given us something better? Hippocrates of Cos, the father of Western medicine said: ‘Let your food be your medicine, and let your medicine be your food.’
Some synthetic drugs have done more harm than good over the years and some disease agents like bacteria, viruses, parasites etc., are becoming more resistant, kind of saying ‘no weapon formed against us shall prosper!’
So researchers are going back to their laboratories, working on locally available plants and animals in our environment to discover how they can be of help in keeping us healthy. Thus, Dr. Innocent Igwilo, a lecturer and researcher at the Department of Applied Biochemistry, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka went to study the Moringa oleifera plant also called the Tree of life because of its high nutritional and medicinal content.
In this chat with Vanguard Learning in his office in Awka, Dr. Igwilo speaks on his research so far, the various uses to which the various parts of the plant can be put and appeals to government at all levels, individuals and corporate organisations to support them in their bid to make this plant and all its benefits available to everyone while creating jobs and alleviating poverty at the same time. ... [link to www.vanguardngr.com