Moringa Oleifera To Boost Nutrition In Philippines

The City Health Office here is relying on a veggie mixture to improve the nutritional status of kids and help breast feeding mothers in satisfying the necessary period of exclusively breastfeeding their infants.

The M2 Malunggay Tea Drink, a focused beverage made from malunggay, okra and ginger, was introduced here Friday with breast feeding mothers testifying how the product helped them sustain the breast milk demand of their kids.

Zonito Tamase, president of Nature Earth Corp., producer of the vegetable drink, said she was as soon as really sick so she needed to consist of malunggay in her everyday diet.

Sick of doing it, Tamase considered creating tea using malunggay leaves.

"It is perfect for kids who do not like to consume vegetables and for working mamas and grownups. Most of all M2 is for nursing mommies," she said, noting that it can serve as one's vegetable repair for the day, aid indigestion. and enhance breast milk.

Malunggay or moringa oleifera brings 49 vitamins and minerals that can assist boost the body immune system, she stated.

Following the launch, Nature Earth Corp. contributed 10 boxes of the item to the city government through the City Health Office and City Nutrition Center.

Theresa Garganera, city nutritional expert and diet professional, stated the donation is "a great token for our malnourished kids."

"Data in 'Operation Timbang' revealed an increasing variety of severely squandered and lost kids. Basically, we have whole number of 1000 plus," Garganera stated.

She expressed hope that the city government would allocate funds for the purchase of the drink, including that they will utilize the donation to complement their feeding program.

"One of the visions of the Nutrition Center under the City Health Office is to have a malnutrition-free Iloilo City," she said.

Anne Jean Coloso, breastfeeding coordinator of the Iloilo City Health Office, stated a great deal of moms will benefit from the item.

"Virtually, moms can breastfeed but they can never sustain unique breastfeeding for their babies up until 24 months, which the Millennium Development Goal wants to," she stated.

In fact, the Department of Health (DOH) is just asking that mothers specifically breastfed their children up until six months old however not all moms can do it, she added.

"Our special breastfeeding rate is beyond the national target of 70 percent," she said.

While the record is increasing, the figures are still low at 24 percent in 2016; 28 percent in 2017; and 34 percent in 2018.

"I hope with the recent showing up of this drink, we will be able to raise the (variety of) moms who will enter into unique breastfeeding," she included.

The product comes in 300 ml. and one liter. Four tablespoons of the focused drink can be mixed with 12 ounces of iced water or 3 tablespoons in case of hot water. Calamansi or lemon juice could be included for a refreshing taste.

The item has actually been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is certified Halal.