“The Miracle Tree”, Moringa Oleifera cures more than 300 diseases in Ayurveda. All parts of the plant including leaves, flowers, pods, stem and roots are used for therapeutic and culinary purposes.
Moringa tree has high nutritional value. With the packed minerals and vitamins, it is a complete and wholesome food in itself.
Interesting Facts about Moringa
- Moringa tree is ecologically and economically beneficial. Not only it supports the nutrition and fertility of the soil but also of the people who care for it and consume it.
- Usually Moringa farming is done without much influence of pesticides and insecticides. While you will still need to check whether the source is Organic, you can safely consume it without worrying too much about the chemicals.
- The plant is easy to grow and flourishes in tropical/subtropical climates.
- It is also popularly known as Malunggay or Drumstick plant for the pods/fruit of the plant resemble drumsticks.
Moringa Nutrition Value
- The Moringa Oleifera plant has over 46 different antioxidants and 92 nutrients.
- The plant also contains 36 anti-inflammatory compounds and over 20 amino acids.
- Its leaves are a great source of iron and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B7, C, D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K.
- It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and diuretic in nature.
Modes of Consumption
- Moringa leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked, or stored as dried powder for many months without loss of nutritional value.
- Drumstick leaves can be used as a wonderful tonic for infant and growing kids to promote strong and healthy bones and for purifying the bloodstream.
- Juice of drumstick leaves is considered beneficial to lactating mothers as it boosts milk production and helps overcome sluggishness of uterus.
- Drumstick leaves are also used to treat respiratory and lung-related problems such as Asthma, Bronchitis, Wheezing, and Tuberculosis.
- The dried and powdered bark of the drumstick root can also be used for fungal skin infections.
Health Benefits of Moringa
Drumsticks boost the digestive fire or metabolism, support immunity, and tone the cleansing organs such as liver, kidneys, and skin.
Rich in Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory Compounds
- Moringa leaves are high in several anti-aging compounds.
- They lower the effects of oxidative stress and inflammation.
- They also protect against chronic diseases, such as stomach, lung or colon cancer; diabetes; hypertension; and age-related eye disorders.
- The pods are rich in oliec acid, a heart healthy fatty acid, which lowers down and regulates high cholesterol.
Balances hormones and slows down the aging
- The anti-oxidants present in Moringa leaves slow down the effects of aging and also helps in restoring enzymes and estrogen.
- Moringa finds its applications in Ayurveda in providing the cure for stomach ulcers, liver disease, kidney damage, fungal or yeast infections (such as candida), digestive complaints, and infections.
- Its oil boosts liver function and detoxifies the body. Regular consumption of Moringa can help to find relief from kidney stones, urinary tract infections, constipation, fluid retention/ edema, and diarrhea.
Helps fight Diabetes
- Moringa contains chlorogenic acid that can help control blood sugar levels. This gives it its natural anti-diabetic and hormone-balancing properties.
- In Ayurveda, drumstick seeds, obtained from dried drumstick is recommended for Diabetes.
Nourishes the skin
Moringa reduces athlete’s foot, eliminates odors, reduces dandruff, and helps in curing burns and bites.
Boosts brain health
- Moringa, a rich source of amino acids, benefits neurotransmitter functions.
- It is also rich in antioxidants and compounds that improve thyroid health and insomnia.
A Galactagogue – Supports Lactation and Health of New Mothers
- A galactagogue is a herb that increases the production of breast milk.
- Drumstick leaves have high levels of calcium, readily available for our bodies to absorb. Thus, it can cater to new mothers who have recently given birth to a child.
Limits on consumption
- For their excellent health benefits, dried drumstick leaves are recommended for up to 6 grams daily for about three weeks at a time.
- Overdosage of its seeds is to be avoided as it can have harmful effects.
- For people with special health conditions. drumsticks seeds should be taken under the guidance of a physician.