The Impact of Moringa Honey on Pregnant Women's Nutrient Intake and Malondialdehyde(MDA) Levels in Maros Regency

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DelvicaSahertian, VeniHadju, WernaNontji, AndiNilawati, Healthy Hidayanty, Sri Ramadany

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The aim of this research was to see how Moringa honey affected nutritional intake and malondialdehyde levels in
pregnant women.The study was an experimental study using a randomized controlled trial (RCT) design. The study was
conducted in Maros regency, Indonesia, specifically in Turikale and Lau Community Health Center (Puskesmas). A total of 42
2nd trimester pregnant women were recruited, dividing into two groups of intervention; Moringa honey group (n=21) and
control group (n=21) who received 15 ml of honey per day. In addition, pregnant women were given blood-boosting vitamins
(Fe) to consume in the night. The intervention was given to the mothers for 8 weeks. Urine samples were collected to assess
malondialdehyde levels using the ELISA method.The majority of respondents (30.9%) were between the ages of 26 and 30,
had more than one child (45.2%), and earned between Rp 1.000.000 - Rp 3.000.000 (47.6%). The finding shows that the
intervention group had an average difference in energy 1418 ± 584 kcal, 98 ± 61g of protein, 320 ± 134g of carbohydrates, 321
± 46mg of iron, 97 ± 53mg of vitamin C, compared to those in the control group (1260 ± 696kkal, 65 ± 18.31g, 193 ± 87g, 105
± 50mg, 89 ± 46mg, respectively; p value=0.001. In addition, the increase of MDA levels in the intervention group was not
significantly higher than in control group (8.32 ± 6.80 vs 6.46 ± 14.80; p=0.606). In conclusion, the moringa honey has a
greater nutritional content than regular honey, resulting in a higher nutrient intake, but was not difference in contributing to
MDA level.

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