This study presents the mineral composition of leaves and pods of Moringa oleifera from different agro climatic regions of Punjab. Samples of leaves and pods were wet digested and analyzed for various minerals by using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (AAS) and flame photometer. The contents K, Ca, Mg, Na in the leaves and pods of Moringa oleifera was found to be 19732-24397, 1839-2097; 18950-26349, 1292-1837; 98.2-109, 93.9-103.9 and 1635-2721, 1032-2105 mg kg-1 respectively. The concentration of Fe, Cu, Mn and Zn was found to be 205-573, 155.2-435.9; 7.3-11.2, 20.9-32.1; 76.9-112.8, 40.2-72 and 20.9-34.1, 15.3-29 mg kg-1 respectively. The level of P in the samples of leaves and pods was 1180-1450 and 1860-2125 mg kg-1 respectively. The contents of different minerals in the leaves and pods of M. oleifera were significantly varied from region to region. The results of present analysis revealed that pods and leaves of M. oleifera indigenous to different agro-climatic regions of Punjab contained a considerably high amount of Ca, Mg, K, Mn, P, Zn, Na, Cu and Fe and might be used as a viable supplement of dietary minerals.
Maida Aslam, Farooq Anwar , Raziya Nadeem , Umer Rashid , T.G. Kazi and M. Nadeem , 2005. Mineral Composition of Moringa oleifera Leaves and Pods from Different
Regions of Punjab, Pakistan. Asian Journal of Plant Sciences, 4: 417-421.