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The many health benefits of drumsticks

The ‘sing’ we dunk into our sambars has more health benefits than we know

brunch Updated: Mar 17, 2018 21:05 IST
Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma
Hindustan Times
As we enjoy them in our dals and sambars, we have no idea how healthy drumsticks are(Dinodia)

Many of us traditionally add drumsticks (sing) to our dals and sambars for flavour. But even as we enjoy them, we have no idea how healthy drumsticks (Moringa oleifera) are. An ancient herbal remedy for many health issues, the leaves of Moringa (as it is sometimes called) or drumstick plant are now making a comeback all over the world as a health aid, thanks to its many benefits.

Bioactive compounds in Moringa leaves interact with the body’s active molecules to bring about improvements in health. In particular, the leaves of Moringa are rich in nutrition, including Vitamins B6 and C, riboflavin, beta-carotene, and magnesium. Here’s what a regular dose of Moringa leaf can do for your body.

 For your heart: The Moringa leaf has anti-inflammatory properties that can help in dealing with heart disease and heart blockages.

 For your hypertension: The leaf powder has a compound called quercetin that naturally reduces blood pressure without side effects.

 For your blood sugar: Moringa leaves contain a compound that helps the body maintain alkalinity. Many of the side effects of high blood sugar result from acid-base imbalance.

 For your cholesterol: The Moringa leaf can regulate unbalanced cholesterol in the body.

 For your ulcers: When there is too much acid in the body, you often experience ulcers. The nutrient-rich and body-alkalising Moringa leaf powder helps counterbalance the acid-creating effects of an unhealthy diet.

From HT Brunch, March 18, 2018

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First Published: Mar 17, 2018 21:05 IST