Health Benefits of Moringa Leaves
Throughout my years as nutritionist I have seen a number of hot new super foods from Green tea, Matcha. The latest to join the pack is ‘Moringa’. There is old saying “Moringa leaves prevent 300 diseases”. Now modern science is proving that these tiny leaves are packed with incredible nutrition that can strengthen our bodies and prevent many diseases.
Moringa is known as a “Miracle Tree” and also as a “Mother’s best friend”. Moringa also known as drumstick tree is a highly valued and versatile plant which belongs to the Moringaceae family. It has multiple uses. Every part of the tree, leaves, pod, fruits, sap, seeds, oil, flowers, roots and bark has medicinal properties. Moringa leaves are literally one of the most powerful natural medicines knows and Moringa leaves benefits are the one we can’t miss out.
Moringa leaves are a rich source of many nutrients like vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and more vitamins than the richest sources such as carrots, oranges and milk. It is a rich source of essential amino acid, which are the building blocks of protein. Its mineral wealth includes phosphorus and zinc. It contains very low amount of fats and offers no harmful cholesterol.
The plant offers a rich blend of powerful antioxidant. These powerful antioxidants found in Moringa possess tree radical Scavenging capacity and have shown its therapeutic value in curing the damage caused by oxidative stress.
Impressive benefits of Moringa are:
It helps in stabilizing sugar.
Helps in regularizing cholesterol level.
It is powerful antioxidant as it is packed with vitamin ‘A’ and vitamin ‘C’.
It controls blood pressure.
Helps in detoxification.
Acts as anti-aging factor.
Improves Digestive system.
Nutritional benefits of Moringa Leaves
Moringa leaves can be an extremely valuable source of nutrition for people of all ages.
For a child aged 1-3, a 100 gram serving of fresh Moringa leaves would provide all his daily requirements of calcium, about 75% of his iron and half his protein needs, as well as important supplies of potassium, B complex vitamins, copper and all the essential amino acids. As little as 20 grams of Moringa fresh leaves would provide a child with all the vitamins A & C the child needs.
For pregnant and breast- feeding women, Moringa leaves can do much to preserve the mothers health and pass on strength to the fetus or nursing child. One portion of Moringa leaves could provide a women with a over a third of her daily need of calcium an give important quantities of iron, protein, copper, sulfur and B- vitamins just 20grams of Moringa fresh leaves will satisfy all daily requirement of vitamin C for both infant and mothers Moringa can be an important source of fiber, potassium, copper, iron, chlorine, Malnourished children can benefit from addition of Moringa leaves to their diet. The high concentration of iron protein, copper , various vitamins and essential amino acids present in Moringa leaves make them a virtually.
Moringa leaves can be dried and made into a powder by rubbing them over a serve. Drying should be done indoors and the Moringa leaf powder stored in an opaque well- sealed plastic container since sun light will be destroy vitamin A. It is estimated that only 20-40% of vitamin A content will be retained if Moringa leaves are dried under direct sunlight, but that 50-70% will be retained if Moringa leaves are dried in the shade. This powder can be used in place of Moringa fresh leaves to make leaf sauces, or a few spoonfuls of the Moringa powder can be added to other sauces just before serving. Addition of small amounts of Moringa leaf powder will have no discernible effect on the taste of a sauce in this way, Moringa to improve nutritional intake on a daily basis. One rounded soup tablespoon of leaf powder will satisfy about 14% of the protein 40% of the calcium, 23% of the iron and nearly all the vitamin A needs for a child aged one to three six rounded spoonfuls of Moringa leaf powder will satisfy nearly all of a women’s daily iron and calcium needs during times of pregnancy and breast feeding.
Use of Moringa
They can be cooked and eaten in many ways they can be consumed as juice, soup, vegetables etc.
The best way to use Moringa leaves
Just add it to dal adding some jaggery and squeeze of lemon juice helps off set the mild bitterness.
Clear soup – boil some sliced carrots, tomatoes and onions along with cleaned washed drumstick leaves in vegetables stock. Season with salt pepper.
Thepla/paratha – finally chopped Moringa leaves can be needed along with whole wheat flour and spices to make a green leafy paratha or thepla.
Scientifically speaking, Moringa sounds like magic. It can rebuild weak bones, enrich anemic blood and enables a malnourished mother to nurse her starving baby. And it’s not only good food for you… It’s delicious.
Moringa powder is very concentrated. Start with half teaspoon per day with drinks and slowly increase it as desired. Delicious when mixed with most foods. It can be used as tea leaf with warm water. Let the Magic of Moringa begin !
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