The Miracle Tree, Moringa Oleifera, a native of southern foothills of north western India and widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas where its young seed pods and leaves are used as vegetables, the tree has an open crown of drooping, fragile branches and the leaves build up a feathery foliage of tripinnate leaves that are utilized as key ingredient.
Moringa in Indian Traditional System
Moringa or drumstick tree is used as part of diet in India since ages. Its use in treatment is seen in Ayurveda from the times of Sushruta. Many of its parts like drumstick leaves, fruit, oil etc. have immense health benefits targeted towards many systems like digestive, heart and circulatory system. As we discover the awesome gifts offered by the Murungai tree, the Tamil name (One of the Indian traditional language) from which Moringa is derived, the reason it is so special becomes self-evident.
Nutritional analysis has shown that Moringa leaves are extremely nutritious. In fact, they contain larger amounts of several important nutrients than the common foods often associated with these nutrients. It has been found that Moringa Oleifera contains more than 92 nutrients, 46 types of anti-oxidants, 36 anti-inflammatory agents as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B4, B7, C, D, E, and K. Another amazing benefit Moringa Oleifera offers is that, since it can retain high concentrations of electrolyte minerals, it allows the body to remain internally hydrated even in very dry conditions.
This apart, the leaves can provide us with around 125 per cent of our daily requirements of calcium as well as 61 per cent of our daily manganese needs; given that these two minerals have to be taken together for better absorption, the leaves majorly enhance bone and teeth health. The very high iron content, 24 times higher than spinach, makes the Murungai a strong ally against anemia.
Research has proven that dried Moringa leaf powder contains the following nutrients and vitamins on a gram for gram comparison: