Moringa is derived from the moringa oleifera plant, which is often called the drumstick tree, horseradish tree, or miracle tree. Moringa has become more and more popular in the everyday diet. It is also called survival food since it is loaded with all the nutritional elements such as protein, calcium, iron, 8 of the 9 essential amino acids, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and minerals. Nutritionist Lovneet Batra has been a strong advocate of “eat your greens.” Her “food fact” series focuses on highlighting the key components as well as the health benefits of the various underrated food items. The green in focus today is moringa leaves.
The moringa leaves are a rich source of the antioxidant molecule quercetin, which assists in lowering blood pressure. As per the nutritionist, quercetin acts by conferring anti-inflammatory properties to blood vessels – arteries, veins, and capillaries. It prevents them “from narrowing or widening and decreasing any signs of low BP or high BP,” she added.
Moringa leaves are good for digestion, they also improve sleep and promote healthy skin. Apart from being a powerhouse of antioxidants, they are good for heart health too. Although it is better to eat fresh moringa leaves, Lovneet Batra shared an effective way to consume them which will also ensure that nutrients are absorbed effectively. All you have to do is soak the moringa leaves in water and drink it. Take a look:
Here Are 3 Ways To Incorporate Moringa Leaves Into The Diet:
1. Moringa Tea
Moringa leaves are low-fat and nutrient-dense which makes them an excellent replacement for high-calorie foods. To prepare moringa tea, boil some moringa leaves in water, strain and drink. Check it here.
2. Murungai Podi
Podi is a dry South Indian masala that is usually served with dosa, idli, vada and more. Today, we have a similar recipe, but with ten times the health benefits with a moringa touch. Mururngai Keerai Podi, which translates to drumstick leaves podi is a lip-smacking dish you cannot afford to miss. Click here.
Owing to moringa's nutritional value, adding these leaves to smoothies is a delicious way of consuming them.