You'll believe a plant can do all of these things.
You’ve probably seen it growing around your neighbour’s house and odds are, you’ve probably just ignored it all this while thinking it was just an odd-looking plant that resourceful parents can use as a cane for misbehaving kids. Or a backscratcher. Truth is, besides being real tasty when used in curries or dhal, the drumstick (aka super-plant) can be consumed in other ways and it comes filled with amazing benefits. All parts of Moringa can and are used in some form or the other - the leaves, immature pods (drumstick), seeds and flowers, and oil pressed from mature seeds are generally used as or in food.
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IT’S GOT DEM PROTEINS
With just 100g of fresh raw leaves, one gets about 9.8g of protein from the drumstick. You know what that means? That it’s by far the plant with THE highest protein ratio (only comparable to soy). But even then, the drumstick’s protein is considered better as it is non-allergic
IT STRENGTHENS YOUR BONES
Got milk? Well, good. Use it for your cereals but if you’re looking for a source of calcium, the drumstick has FOUR times more calcium than milk. Six tablespoons of the drumstick leaf powder provides nearly all of a woman's daily iron and calcium needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding
too. On that topic, the Moringa leaf can also increase breast milk production in the early period after childbirth.
BUT THERE’S MORE GOODNESS
The seeds from the drumstick plant are used to treat allergies, inflammation, bacteria, neuralgia, abdominal tumors, and even fevers
. Other parts and extracts of the drumstick plant including its root bark are used for treating various ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, inflammation and infectious diseases. The murungakkai plant can also significantly reduce the blood glucose levels in your body and help in controlling diabetes. It is also found to enhance gall bladder function, which in turn helps to lower sugar levels, helping you live a generally healthier life.
OH, AND ALSO…
Drinking a cup of drumstick soup will help when you’ve got either a sore throat or cough thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties
found in this miracle plant. It is also an effective natural remedy to fight against lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis and tuberculosis. With its high levels of vitamin C, it should provide you with the immunity boost your body needs!
IT GIVES YOU BACK YOUR MOJO
Why yes, the drumstick plant is also has aphrodisiac properties to stimulate your sex drive and the bark of the plant contains certain compounds that help in curing impotency, premature ejaculation and thinness of semen.
Here are some things the drumstick plant SHOULDN'T be used for:
- A backscratcher when you've got an annoying itch
- A lightsaber for your low budget Star Wars costume
- A cane to beat ill-mannered kids
- A weapon for self-defence
- Somethin' to spice things up in the bedroom (unless it is consumed)
So what’re you waiting for? If you don’t have it, grow it! Or go pluck some from your neighbour’s house, preferably upon asking for permission.