Here's some insight into the green wonder everyone is talking about
1 Moringa oleifera
is the botanical name for the drumstick tree. Every part of the tree -leaves, flowers, and seeds -is packed with nutrition and can be used to cure health conditions. The leaves are steeped in water to make medicinal tea.The juice from the leaves has a stabilising effect on blood pressure and treats anxiety. The crushed seeds are antibacterial and antifungal. The pods or drumsticks are used in various cuisines and the flowers are a boon for nursing moms.
2 Having a moringa tree in your backyard is like growing multi-vitamins. Social media is abuzz with infographics telling you how moringa is more potent than your various superfoods. It gives you more calcium than milk, more vitamin C than oranges, more potassium than bananas and more iron than spinach.
3 From regulating blood sugar levels in diabetics to supervising hypertension, moringa is the antidote for modern sedentary lifestyle issues. It also cures insomnia.
4 Moringa seed oil is believed to be as healthy, if not healthier, than good quality olive oil. Drumstick pods contain tiny seeds, which are pressed to make moringa seed oil, which is brimming with anti-inflammatory and skinhealing properties.
5 Breathe better in polluted times with moringa, also a bronchodilator. It increases airflow to the lungs by decreasing resistance in the respiratory airway.
6 While shopping for moringa supplements, look for brands that list the amount of nutrients on the label so that you know how much fibre, protein and vitamins you will get per dose.
-Inputs from Aarti Gaur, Ayurveda expert