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Drumstick, Sahjan, Saragvo, or Moringa Oleifera, that derives its name from a Tamil word, Murungai, meaning twisted pod is no regular vegetable, in fact, it is a power-packed superfood.
It is an integral part of South Indian cuisine but is often taken lightly and just for fun where we chew and throw it but, do you know the entire drumstick tree from roots to the pods has a plethora of health benefits? Let’s check them out.
Health benefits of Drumstick
The excellent therapeutic values and high nutrition content of drumstick are quite shocking as it has got almost all minerals, vitamins, and proteins in a remarkable quantity. Even its roots that taste like horseradish, flowers, seeds and stems are recognized to have got therapeutic qualities. Drumsticks are great for developing stronger bones, blood purification, respiratory disorders, pregnancy and lactation, lung problems and much more.
Moringa leaves benefits
You will be amazed at the % of the nutritional value of drumstick leaves alone which have ayurvedic, anti-bacterial and detoxifying properties. The juice of moringa leaves is said to be an excellent cure for earaches, headache, diarrhoea, anaemia, difficult menses, eye diseases and so on.
Benefits of drumstick flowers
The extracts of Moringa flowers are said to reduce inflammation and soothe sore muscles. They are also used in making perfumes and hair oils. Its aromatic flowers is an important ingredient in aromatherapy sessions at spas. When brewed with tea, it acts as a health tonic to treat urinary tract infections. It is also beneficial in enhancing sexual pleasure.
Moringa Seeds Benefits
Consumption of moringa seeds prevents the spread of cancer cells. It is extremely good for cardiovascular health. Moringa seed oil can help you get rid of acne, acne scars, acne marks, removal of black spots, removal of fine lines and get clearer and brighter skin tone with radiance and glow. It can keep sugar levels at control and plays a vital role in sperm production as well.
Benefits of Moringa Root
Moring roots used in the production of perfumes, medicines, fertilizers, and act as cleansing agents in water purification. Its antibiotic properties can treat a variety of illness and medical conditions such as asthma, digestive disorders, gastritis, skin disorders, rheumatism, inflammation and thyroid related problems.
Moringa Powder and how to use it?
Made from naturally-dried moringa leaves, moringa powder has a delicious spinachy green flavour and is high in antioxidants. Consumption of moringa powder can help you reach your weight loss goals, reduce fatigue, make skin healthy and radiant, boost immunity, and improve digestion and muscle growth. A single teaspoon of it with your favourite smoothie or tea is enough for a day.
Moringa side effects
If consumed in safe doses i.e. up to 6 grams daily for up to 3 weeks, there is nothing wrong with it. Too much of it can cause nausea and certain chemicals found in its roots, flowers and bark may cause uterine contractions in pregnant women.
● The most common usage of drumstick is found in South Indian recipes like sambar and rasam, apart from that it can be added into curries, dals, soups and kormas.
● Drumstick leaves can be used as a garnish on in salads.
● Moringa leaves can be fried in chickpea(besan) batter and served as crispy pakoras
● Dried leaves of drumstick can be used as flake toppings on pizzas and pasta.
● Can be stir-fried in combination with a variety of vegetables
● Flowers and leaves of moringa are used in many cutlet recipes.