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.
In the past decade, it has become widely popular and accessible in the west. This plant rose to fame after acquiring the label “superfood” based on its high nutritional content.
Moringa in Ayurveda
In Ayurveda, moringa is called shigru or sahijan. It is rich in detoxifying properties and “shobhanjan” – an auspicious and beneficial plant for humans. The leaves, flowers, and immature pods of the this tree have been an essential component in cuisines around the world, especially in the Indian sub-continent and Africa. In southern India, it is common in curries, sauces, and soups. Another everyday use is moringa tea.
Like the neem tree, the moringa tree is a pharmacy in its own right. Every part of the plant is edible and has a use in traditional medicinal systems. The most common uses for the leaves and pods are cooking and Ayurvedic herbal medicines. There are also unique properties in the roots, bark, flowers, and fruits that may warrant therapeutic use.
According to Ayurveda, these therapeutic purposes may include a boost in energy, improved digestion, and healthy blood sugar levels. It is also famous for its perceived impact on mental clarity. This stabilizes mood and prevents anxiety and depression. Keep reading to learn about other well-known benefits of moringa or moringa oleifera.
Nutrition: It is an excellent source of vital vitamins and nutrients. Moringa powder contains all eight essential amino acids, and 27% of its weight is made of proteins. It also contains Vitamins A, C, B, D, E, and K and various minerals like zinc, iron, and magnesium. Moringa leaves have more vitamin C than oranges and 15 times more potassium than a banana.
Benefits of Moringa
Immunity: Since this herb is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, and antioxidants, it may help protect cells from free radicals. It is also rich in amino acids, calcium, protein, and other vital nutrients that help in rejuvenation and building/repairing muscles. Moringa oleifera is rich in isothiocyanates – an anti-inflammatory compound – that reduces the severity of various chronic health problems.
Hearth Health: The anti-inflammatory properties are only one facet of the cardiovascular benefits of this plant. It has cholesterol-lowering effects similar to flaxseeds and may help lower the risk of heart disease. Studies indicate that it is also rich in quercetin, a bioactive compound that helps reduction in blood pressure.
Ayurvedic Uses of Moringa
Additional Benefits of Moringa
- Improves bone health
- Strengthens digestion
- Anti-aging and nourishing for skin and hair
- Protects the liver from damage
- Improves mood to prevent depression and anxiety