Moringa – A health superfood

Moringa (moringa oleifera) or “the drumstick tree” is a fast-growing perennial plant with pale grey bark, ovate leaves, yellowish-white flowers, and brown fruit. It is also known as the horseradish tree or ben oil tree. This plant’s rise to fame is due to the study of its ingredients that indicate it is a formidable “superfood” with high nutritional content.

Scientific name:  Moringa oleifera

Family:  Fabaceae

Rasa (taste):  Bitter, Pungent

Virya (effect):  Heating

Guna (quality):  Light, Dry, Sharp

Part Used:  Seed, pods, flowers, and leaves

Classification:  Detoxifying and nutritional food

Impact:  Hair, Skin, Digestion, and immunity

Dosha:  Balances Vata and Kapha

Moringa – A health superfood

In Ayurveda, moringa is called shigru or sahijan. It has been described as being rich in detoxifying properties (aksheeva) and a beneficial plant for humans (shobhanjan). Moringa leaves, flowers, and immature pods have been used for culinary purposes across the world, especially in the Indian sub-continent and Africa. In southern India, it is commonly used in curries, sauces, and soups.

The moringa tree, like the neem tree, is a pharmacy in its own right. Every part of the plant is edible and has been used in one form or another in traditional medicinal systems. Among these, the leaves and pods are most commonly used for cooking and in Ayurveda. There are also unique properties in the roots, bark, flowers, and fruits that warrant a use for therapeutic purposes.

In Ayurveda, it’s used to boost energy, support digestion, and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. It is also famed for its positive impact on mental clarity and stabilizing mood

Ayurvedic benefits

Nutrition: The plant is an excellent source of nutrition and it’s packed with essential ingredients. In the powdered form, it contains all the eight essential amino acids and 27% of its weight is protein. It also contains Vitamins A, C, B, D, E and K along with various minerals like zinc and iron.

A handful of moringa leaves have significantly more vitamin C than an orange and 15 times more potassium than a banana. One cup of fresh leaves contains substantial amounts of vitamin A, C, and B (B6 & B2) alongside minerals like iron and magnesium. The next time you want a healthy snack, reach for some fried Moringa seeds or sprinkle the powder over your snack or beverage.

Immune Support: Moringa is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, and antioxidants that protect the cells from free radicals. They are also rich in amino acids, calcium, protein, and other vital nutrients that help in rejuvenation and occasional muscle soreness after exercise. Besides this, moringa is rich in isothiocyanates – an anti-inflammatory compound.¹

Heart Health: Moringa has various heart-health benefits. It can also be used to maintain healthy cholesterol levels already in the normal range. 

Hair & Skin: Moringa oil is famed for being a light and easy-to-absorb carrier oil that is used in various skincare products. The plant is rich in protein and antioxidants and the regular use of moringa oil can protect the hair and skin from damage by hydrating and detoxifying the skin and scalp. It has gained popularity as a protective oil to nourish damaged hair and support collagen production, skin cells, and elastin.

Moringa

Frequently Asked Questions

Please consult with your health care practitioner prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant or nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition. Keep out of the reach of children.

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