Moringa, a plant native to India, is increasingly gaining traction in the West as a superfood
Although it is native to the Indian subcontinent, chances are you might not have heard of a plant named ‘Moringa’. And why not? It’s more commonly known as the drumstick tree. Moringa goes by the botanical name Moringa oleifera, but locally, it is known as sahjan, munaga, murungai, nugge mara, nugge kai, munagaku, etc. Packed with exceptional medicinal and nutritional properties, the plant is widely used for its amazing health benefits. Used locally for years, it’s also gaining traction in the West as one of the superfoods. So, what are these health benefits of Moringa that make it so useful? And, what are the ways to use it? To get an answer to these questions, Onlymyhealth spoke to Sreemathy Venkatraman, a gut health practitioner & wellness nutritionist and the founder of ‘Mitha Aahara-Eat to Live’.
“Just like neem is considered therapeutic in many aspects, the moringa as leaves, stem, drumstick, bark is widely used in Indian cuisine,” Sreemathy said. It’s used in home remedies for a wide range of ailments, such as hypertension, anorexia, gastric disturbances, and colitis. Moringa is also used in face packs and in pregnancy and lactation-related issues.
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You can use the drumstick, its leaves, stem, bark, seeds, and dried leaves for several medicinal and therapeutic properties. Here’s why you must include moringa in your diet:
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There are myriad ways to consume moringa, such as:
Moringa has several health benefits and so are the ways to use them. The thing with this plant is that you can use its multiple parts, from leaves and bark to stems and flowers to reap its benefits. However, do not overdo it. Consuming it three or four times a week is generally recommended. Always remember, when it comes to food, moderation is the KEY.
(With inputs from Sreemathy Venkatraman, a gut health practitioner & wellness nutritionist and the founder of ‘Mitha Aahara-Eat to Live’)
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