Moringa is derived from the Moringa oleifera plant, which is also known as the drumstick tree/horseradish tree. It is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions and has its origins in northwest India. The Moringa plant's various parts have been used for various medicinal purposes, with the leaves being the most commonly used. Its leaves have been used to treat ailments like malaria, fever, high blood pressure, diabetes, parasitic diseases and many other. Because of its numerous medicinal properties, it has earned the name "miracle tree." Dr Manoj K. Ahuja, physician at Fortis Hospital in Vasant Kunj, claims "Vitamins, calcium, iron, and crucial amino acids are all found in abundance in the nutrient-dense plant known as moringa. It has a variety of health benefits.'' So, without further ado, let's learn some more benefits of moringa leaves and how to incorporate them into our daily diet.
Here're A Few Benefits Of Moringa Leaves:
1. Good For Heart
Moringa leaves have the potential to lower cholesterol levels, thereby lowering the risk of heart disease. "Moringa is a great source of zinc and can regulate blood sugar levels, which can help manage or even prevent diabetes," says Dr. Ahuja.
2. Powerhouse of Antioxidants
Moringa oleifera is high in antioxidants such as quercetin and chlorogenic acid. Moringa leaf powder can boost antioxidant levels in the blood.
3. Promotes Healthy Skin
Moringa leaves are high in antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties, making them ideal for skincare.
4. Improves Sleep
Increasing the overall nutritional value of the food you consume each day is a great goal, as is getting more sleep. Sleep and nutrition both have an impact on each other. Powerful foods, like Moringa leaves are essential because they boost energy, flush the body with vitamins, and reduce inflammation.
5. Good For Digestion
Consuming moringa leaves may help with digestive issues. People with ulcerative colitis, gastritis, bloating, and constipation may include moringa leaves in their diet.
Here're Ways In Which You Can Incorporate Moringa Leaves Into Your Daily Diet
1. Moringa Tea
In her book "How To Lose Back Fat," Cynthia Trainer claims that "Weight loss has been linked to moringa tea. The leaves are low-fat and nutrient-dense, making them an excellent replacement for high-calorie foods. Energy is produced rather than stored as fat." To make moringa tea, simply boil leaves in water, strain and drink.
2. Murungai Podi
Podi is a dry South Indian masala that is often served with dosa, idli and more. It is typically made with various dals, garlic, and spices; this dry masala adds a unique flavour to your basic meals. Today, we have a similar recipe, but with ten times the benefit. Mururngai Keerai Podi, which translates to drumsticks leaf podi, is a drumstick leaves podi. Click here.
Given moringa's nutritional value, whether in powder or whole-leaf form, including it is worthwhile. It pairs particularly well with green smoothies.
4. Add Them To Your Soups
Moringa leaves can be added to any liquid recipe, especially soups like chicken soup, clear soup, and many others.
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