Know your ‘superfoods’: Moringa
Moringa oleifera is a tree native to the subcontinent.
The pods of the tree, locally called "Shojne data", is a staple in Bangalee cuisine.
The pods are used in curries to be eaten with rice, and almost all parts of the tree can be used as various home remedies due to their medicinal properties.
Moringa oleifera is very nutritious. It contains compounds such as vitamin A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B-6 folate, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.
Moringa seed oil can be beneficial for hair and skin due to the proteins, hydrating and detoxifying elements it contains. It is often used to heal sores.
The anti-inflammatory properties of moringa may be effective in preventing edema from developing.
Moringa can mildly protect the liver against damage caused by anti-tubercular drugs.
Its extracts might help treat some stomach disorders, such as constipation, gastritis, and ulcerative colitis.
It has antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties. Moringa extracts may help combat infections caused by Salmonella, Rhizopus, and E. coli.
Moringa is thought to be helpful in treating depression, anxiety, and fatigue.
Extract of moringa may help wounds close and reduce the appearance of scars.
However, only a few of its many reputed health benefits have been studied scientifically. It is also not meant to replace medical treatments. Too much intake of moringa should be avoided.