Effects of Graded Levels of Moringa Oleifera Leaf-Meal In Albino Rat Diet on Some Hematological Parameters

Author(s): Ari-egoro YE, Ayodele PF, Oyeleke OM

This study was aimed at investigating the effects of Moringa oleifera leaf-meal (MOLM) on some haematological parameters of male albino rats. Sixteen (16) albino rats were randomly selected into four (4) groups; a control group (group A) and three experimental groups (groups B, group C and group D) containing four (4) animals per group. Group A was given normal diet, groups B, C and D were provided with MOLM diets containing 37.5 gm, 56 gm and 75 gm respectively. They were fed with water ad libitum daily for 21 days. At the end of the experimental period, haematological parameters (white blood cell count, packed cell volume, red blood cell count, haemoglobin count and differential white blood cells) were determined. The result showed significant differences (P<0.05) in hemoglobin count, red blood cells and packed cell volume in group B while there was a significant difference (p<0.05) in lymphocyte count of animals in group C and D, although all the groups were within normal range while no significant difference (P >0.05) was shown in the white blood cell count when compared to the control group. In conclusion, this study revealed that MOLM possesses nutritional benefits and this was indicated by its effects on RBC, PCV, haemoglobin and lymphocyte of the animals.

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