Moringa (Drumstick): Ayurvedic superfoods

Moringa oleifera, a native plant in Africa and Asia is mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic texts like Charaka samhita , Sushrut samhita etc. Moringa is used in practice in the treatment of various diseases and is available without a medical prescription, often in the form of an herbal infusion for everyday use.
It is pungent and bitter in taste and hot in potency. Its properties are light, dry and piercing .

Ayurvedic traditional benefits :

It balances kapha and vata.
In Ayurvedic text Bhavprakash various benefits of morings plant are given .

Moringa dried powder can be consumed by mixing 2 to 5 grams in half glass of hot water . This decoction (Herbal tea , herbal infusion ) is good pain killer , reduces swelling on joints and increases joint mobility .

Moringa powder, Moringa oleifera

Extracts obtained from leaves of Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera) are a rich source of many bioactive compounds: flavonoids, phenolic acids or carotenoids. It also contains such components as, vitamins (A, C, niacin, pantothenic acid), alkaloids, tannins or saponins. The predominant mineral elements in the leaf powder according to ICP-MS were Ca (2016.5–2620.5 mg/100 g), K (1817–1845 mg/100 g), and Mg (322.5–340.6 mg/100 g).

Studies have shown that hydroethanolic extracts derived from Moringa have significant ability to destroy Hela and MCF-7 (uterine and breast cancer) cells. These have also shown high anti-inflammatory and the highest antibacterial effects, especially for Gram-positive bacteria.

Other benefits of moringa are :

  • Improves semen quality and sperm count.
  • Decrease body fat
  • Improves digestion
  • Useful in worm problems
  • Good for eyes
  • Detoxification of body
  • Good for lymph, abdominal tumors and problems related to spleen .
  • Useful in healing wounds .

Additional resources:

1. Detailed chemical composition and functional properties of Ammodaucus leucotrichus Cross. & Dur. and Moringa oleifera Lamarck. Borhane E.C.ZianiabcWahibaRachedadKhaldounBacharibMaria JoséAlvesaRicardo C.CalhelhaaLillianBarrosaIsabel C.F.R.Ferreira. Journal of Functional Foods. Volume 53, February 2019, Pages 237-247

2. Nutritional Content and Elemental and Phytochemical Analyses of Moringa oleifera Grown in Mexico. Mónica A. Valdez-Solana,1 Verónica Y. Mejía-García,1 Alfredo Téllez-Valencia,2 Guadalupe García-Arenas,3 José Salas-Pacheco,4 José J. Alba-Romero,1 and Erick Sierra-Campos

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About Author: Dr.Prasad Gokhale
1) B.A.M.S.
2) Certificate in Advance Panchakarma.
3) Kizuna project member (Joint venture of Indian and Japanese Government, 2013)
3) Certificate in German, Spanish.
4) Diploma in Russian.
5) J.L.P.T (N 3 level ) Japanese.
6) D.E.L.E.: A 1 Spanish.

Online ayurvedic consultant since 2010.
Registered Ayurvedic Medical Practitioner and Panchakarma expert, diet and lifestyle expert, Medical blogger, Youtuber(Voice of Ayurved), Ayurvedic educator. He has treated patients from 18 different countries.

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