The African and Arabian Moringa Species

The African and Arabian Moringa Species

Chemistry, Bioactivity and Therapeutic Applications

1st Edition - June 9, 2017

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  • Author: Solomon Habtemariam
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081022863
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081022948

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The African and Arabian Moringa Species: Chemistry, Bioactivity and Therapeutic Applications reviews the botany, socioeconomic significance and underlying chemistry of these interesting plants. The book begins by addressing the botanical and socioeconomic aspect of M. stenopetala, one of the most widely cultivated species within the genus. Next, it reviews the chemistry of the plant, with a systematic presentation covering the seed oil, various secondary metabolites, and issues relating to quality control. Final sections address the chemistry behind the reported use of the plant for the management of various diseases, highlighting potential antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, anticancer properties and more. Other African and Arabian Moringa species, from their botany, to their chemical and pharmacological profiles are also included. Drawing on the author’s latest research and the most current literature in the field, this book is an invaluable guide for researchers in medicinal chemistry, herbal medicine, drug discovery/development, and plant derived natural products within both industry and academic environments.

Key Features

  • Outlines the botanical description, traditional uses and socioeconomic significance of the African and Arabian Moringa plants
  • Exhaustively discusses the chemistry of these plants to highlight secondary metabolites and methodologies for their isolation, identification and quality control
  • Discusses the future potential of the plants and their chemical components for various disease conditions


Medicinal chemists working on the isolation of drug molecules from natural sources; Postgraduate students and lecturers in the fields of natural products, drug discovery/medicinal chemistry and/or pharmacology; pharmaceutical and nutraceutical researchers and traders

Table of Contents

  • Section A - Moringa stenopetala: Botanical, ecological & socioeconomic perspectives

    Chapter 1: Moringa stenopetala - botanical and ecological perspectives

    Chapter 2: Moringa stenopetala - socioeconomic significance

    Section B - The chemistry of Moringa stenopetala   

    Chapter 3: The chemistry of Moringa stenopetala seed oils

    Chapter 4: The chemistry of Moringa stenopetala – non-oil components

    Chapter 5: Quality control and chemical profiling of Moringa stenopetala drug preparations

    Section C - The science behind the multiuse of Moringa stenopetala   

    Chapter 6: The pharmacology of Moringa stenopetala: toxicology aspects

    Chapter 7: The pharmacology of Moringa stenopetala - antioxidant mechanisms

    Chapter 8: The pharmacology of Moringa stenopetala: antimicrobial effects

    Chapter 9: The pharmacology of Moringa stenopetala –effects on diabetes and related diseases

    Chapter 10: The pharmacology of Moringa stenopetala - potential anticancer effects

    Chapter 11: The science behind the use of Moringa stenopetala seeds for water purification

    Section D – Other Moringa species indigenous to Africa and the Arabian/Persian region   

    Chapter 12: The chemistry & pharmacology of other African and Arabian Moringa species


Product details

  • No. of pages: 230
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: June 9, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081022863
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081022948

About the Author

Solomon Habtemariam

Dr. Solomon Habtemariam is a Founder/Owner of Herbal Analysis Services UK & Leader of the Pharmacognosy Research Laboratories at the University of Greenwich, Chatham-Maritime, UK. Dr Habtemariam received his BSc degree in Biology (minor - Chemistry) from the University of Addis Ababa and his Master’s degree (combined-studies) in Pharmacology and Phytochemistry from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. He stayed on at Strathclyde to study at doctoral level, studying on drug discovery researches and obtained his PhD in this area of research. After a number of years in teaching and post-doctoral research at the Strathclyde Institute for Drug Research and Strathclyde University, he joined the School of Science, University of Greenwich in September 1998. Dr Habtemariam has been a leader of taught programmes and researches on bioassays & natural products-based drug development. The various researches that he has undertaken include the identification of novel compounds of natural-origin with potential antimicrobial, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and antiobesity applications among others. He has published more than 167 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and filed over three family of patents. He is also the author of a book entitled “The African and Arabian Moringa Species: Chemistry Bioactivity and Therapeutic Applications”. Details of his research activities and publications are available via his URL:

Affiliations and Expertise

Principle Lecturer and Director of Pharmacognosy Research Laboratories and Herbal Analysis Services, University of Greenwich, UK

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