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Moringa Oleifera – Nutrition and Health Benefits

Moringa Oleifera – Nutrition and Health Benefits
August 11, 2016 Nidhi Bansal
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Moringa is a nutrition powerhouse and God’s gift for good health!

“The Miracle Tree”, Moringa Oleifera cures more than 300 diseases in Ayurveda. All its parts are used for therapeutic purposes. Compatible with sustainable agriculture, Moringa plant is easy to grow and flourishes in tropical/sub-tropical climates. It is also popularly known as Malunggay or drumstick plant for the pods/fruit of the plant resemble drumsticks.

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Nutrient Information

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, E and K. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and diuretic in nature.

Modes of Consumption:

  • Its 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

Rich in Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatory Compounds

Moringa leaves are high in several anti-ageing 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.

Balances hormones and slows down the ageing

The anti-oxidants present in Moringa leaves slow down the effects of ageing and also help in restoring enzymes and estrogen.

 

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Improves digestion

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/ oedema and diarrhoea.

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.

Nourishes the skin

Moringa reduces athlete’s foot, eliminates odours, 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 Galactogogue

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. However, overdosage of its seeds is to be avoided as it can have harmful effects and so seeds are not generally recommended for people with special health conditions.

 

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As a sustainable source of food

Moringa tree has high nutritional value, ecologically and economically beneficial and readily available in the countries hardest hit by the food crisis. With the packed minerals and vitamins, it is a complete and a wholesome food in itself.


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