If I have to ask how many of you all know what moringa is? I am sure few hands would go up. However, if I ask you what drumstick is? Majority of the hands would rise. However, majority of them who I know doesn’t like drumstick much! To your surprise, Moringa is also called as drumstick leaves. Moringa is a plant that is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. Traditionally, it has been used in Ayurveda for medicinal purpose.
While Moringa can be cooked and eaten as a tasty and juicy vegetable, it is also available in various forms like moringa leaves/ moringa powder and capsules. Moringa has lots of benefits that one should take note of.
The benefits of Moringa are:
- It helps in stabilizing sugar.
- Helps in regularizing cholesterol level.
- It is a powerful antioxidant as it is packed with vitamin A and C
- It controls blood pressure
- Helps in detoxification
- Boosts immunity
- Acts as an anti-ageing factor
- Improves digestive system
Moringa is a power house of minerals such as Iron, Calcium and Zinc. Let us look at each of these minerals and what they do
- Iron alleviates anaemia.
- Calcium is required for bone mineralisation.
- Zinc: It plays a vital role in hair-growth, spermatogenesis, and skin health.
Dosage:It is important to know the dosage of Moringa. It is ideal to have 5-6 gms (1 tsp) daily up to three weeks. It can be taken along with water/juices or in salads too.
The taste is not too pleasant and tends to produce a gag reflex on many first time users.Moringa thickens the blood. This is of note to those on blood-thinning medication.The consumption of Moringaincludes nausea, diarrhoea and heartburn. Reduce the dose in this case
Moringa is not recommended for pregnant and lactating mothers. The chemicals found in the roots, flowers and the bark could cause a contraction to occur on the uterus.
To conclude, by now I am sure you must have got an idea about how strong and beneficial moringa is! Next time, don’t say ‘NO’ to drumstick veggies and make it a part of your daily routine.