Latin name: Moringa pterygosperma Gaertn., Moringa oleifera (Moringaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Shigru, Shobhanjana, Sahijna, Sainjna, Munaga
Drumstick is an exceptionally nutritious vegetable tree with a variety of potential uses. The leaves are rich, natural sources of vitamins and minerals. Historical texts reveal that ancient Indian kings and queens used Drumstick in their diet to maintain general health and alleviate inflamed joints.
Although Drumstick is native to Northern India, it is cultivated throughout subtropical areas from West Africa to Fiji.
The leaves are a rich source of vitamins A and C, calcium and iron. The leaves also contain sulphur and the amino acids methionine and cystine. A compound found in the flowers and roots of Drumstick, pterygospermin, has powerful antibiotic and fungicidal effects.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- Because of its high calcium content, Drumstick strengthens bones. It is also an anti-inflammatory, which is beneficial in treating joint aches and pains related to arthritis and rheumatism.
- Rich in vitamins and minerals, it increases the body’s immunity, provides nourishment to the eyes and brain, promotes proper digestion and supports optimal metabolic function.