Drumstick: The new superfood
What Is Moringa?
Known as the tree of life,’ the humble drumstick tree or Moringa oleifera is a name familiar to almost every Indian household. Also known as the horseradish tree or the Ben oil tree, it is the new superfood with over 92 nutrients and 46 natural antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory compounds and tissue-protective properties. Little wonder that it has been dubbed the ‘miracle tree.’
The diet of people in developing nations sometimes lacks vitamins, minerals, and protein, and Moringa oleifera can be an important source of many essential nutrients in these places. Drumstick offers a plethora of health benefits.
Almost all parts of the tree are either consumed as food or used as ingredients in traditional herbal medicines. The seeds, pods, flowers, and leaves are used as food, while the bark, roots, stems, and the rest of the tree are used for making tools or folk medicine.
Popular for its highly nutritious profile, part of the tree is used in ayurvedic medicine for treating various ailments. The leaves are eaten raw in salads, blended into drinks, or steamed. Additionally, the Moringa oil, moringa for skin harvested from the pods, is much sought after in the formulation of skincare products.
The tea prepared from its leaves has high levels of polyphenols and works as an antioxidant.
- Strengthening of the immune system
- Fights against nausea
- Cures indigestion, diarrhea, and much more.
Diabetic patients can easily consume this tea as the sugar content is low. The magical tea is also a rich source of Vitamin C. Essentially native to Northern India, the Moringa tree is today common throughout the tropical and subtropical regions of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. It grows easily from seeds or cuttings even in poor soil and blooms eight months after planting.