Dietary Supplement - Miracle Moringa

 , Food Editor, NDTV  |  Updated: July 20, 2013 10:08 IST

Dietary Supplement - Miracle Moringa
I am not a fan of dietary food supplements, as my views on food are a bit old world, you could say. My firm belief is that you should get your daily nutritional requirements from the food you eat, instead of popping pills and powders.

But all that changed recently. It all started when a friend who runs an organic store convinced me to try a new 'super food'. It was a powder and unlike other super foods like Quinoa or Goji berries, this was grown in India. Nothing exotic, nothing that was imported from across the seas. So I decided to do a bit of research and found lots of health-ridden potents - antioxidants, phyto-nutrients, vitamin A, iron and vitamin C and so on and so forth. Most crucially as my friend explained, it will fight fatigue and boost your immune system. So I decided to take the plunge and consumed it for over two months, almost daily. I knew I had stumbled upon something special.

Before you get too impatient, let me tell you that this miracle powder is called Moringa. It's the Moringa leaf that's dried at low temperatures and then crushed and made into a powder. You may not have heard about it, but it's nothing but drumstick powder from the Moringa tree, also called horseradish tree or drumstick tree.

The Moringa tree - also know as the horseradish tree or drumstick tree

It's as basic as that and it can grow in our backyard. Said to have originated in India, which is the largest producer of Moringa in the world.
Since this mehndi green powder dissolves very easily in juices and water, it ends up looking like those unappetizing looking health juices. The slightly bitter taste gets masked in my orange juice. But you will ignore all this if you read some of the startling statistics regarding this powder.

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Fresh Moringa leaves contain 7 times more vitamin C than oranges, 4 times more calcium than milk; 3 times more potassium than bananas; 2 times more protein than yogurt; 4 times more vitamin A than carrots; 75% of the Iron of spinach.

Do I feel more energetic and less fatigued? I would be lying if I said no.

CommentsThe recommended dose is 2 to 6 gms, but I believe it's safer to start with just half a teaspoon a day. But don't take my word as the gospel truth and do check with your healthcare professional first before making any dietary changes.  I am not a medical professional and the information above should not be taken as medical advice.

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