Moringa – the new superfood in town! It has been gaining a lot of popularity in recent times. It is a superfood packed with nutrients and antioxidants, having anti-inflammatory and tissue protective properties. It is beneficial for various diseases like anaemia, skin problems, diabetes, indigestion, arthritis and liver-related problems. Even as per our ancient Ayurvedic texts, it is well known for its therapeutic uses. It has been described in Ayurveda as chakshushya (good for eyes), Deepan (digestive), Krimighana (worm infestation), Shukral (increases sperm) and Hridyum (good for the heart). Since it has a hot potency, therefore, it is also effective in balancing Vata and Kapha.
But do you know that moringa is nothing different but our very own drumstick tree! Yes, the same drumsticks that we very fondly add to our sambar and other South Indian dishes.
It might surprise most of us that drumsticks can be so nutritious and full of health benefits. Let us explore them further.
Moringa is one of the richest sources of amino acids, minerals, vitamins, calcium, proteins and potassium. 100 gms of dried moringa leaves contain approximately 2500 mg calcium, 40 mg iron, 200 mg Vitamin C and 2500 picograms of Vitamin A. Apart from this, it is also packed with antioxidants and is a source of good quality protein and dietary fibre. Being a complete package of vitamins and minerals, it is helpful in boosting stamina and improving concentration.
Moringa contains flavonoids, ascorbic acids, polyphenols in its plant, flower and seeds which may help in detoxification, cell regeneration, release oxidative stress and inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.
Diseases like diabetes, CVD, obesity, respiratory issues and arthritis may get cured by it as it helps in suppressing the inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body. Moreover, moringa leaf concentrates may help in lowering cell inflammation.
Reduces Blood Sugar levels
Moringa is very beneficial for diabetics as it may reduce oxidative stress which helps in the reduction of blood sugar and lipids levels and also protects from cell damage. Using it in capsules or powder mixed in water is an effective remedy for diabetic patients.
The anti-oxidant and neuro-enhancer activities of moringa make it suitable for supporting brain and cognitive functions. Being loaded with Vitamin C and E, it fights against oxidation which is responsible for neuron degeneration, thereby improving brain health. It is also effective in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Apart from this, it may also help in normalizing serotonin, dopamine, and nor-adrenaline which are neurotransmitters and play an important role in enhancing memory and uplifting the mood.
Anti-microbial and Anti-bacterial
Moringa may also help in eradicating infections by suppressing the bacteria and fungi responsible for causing urinary tract infections (UTI), digestive disorders and skin problems. It also helps to improve digestion due to its high Vitamin B content.
Moringa leaves contain a very powerful anti-oxidant, Chlorogenic Acid, which according to studies acts as a fat burner. Though a lot of research still needs to be done in this aspect, therefore, it cannot be said that it alone helps in weight loss but one can surely consider it while planning a weight loss session.
“Include Moringa every morning to get all the benefits for life!”