Moringo as super food

(This article was published in July 2018 issue of Santwanam magazine.)

As per an article published in World Economic Forum, Moringa (Moringa oleifera) tree is a superfood which has ‘natural defence mechanism against environmental stress and pests’. It is reported to have demonstrated the ‘ability to reduce chronic inflammation, blood sugar levels, cholesterol, obesity and inflammatory bowel disorders in both cellular and animal models.’
Traditionally, leaves and fruits of Moringa are used as food in India. It is said that even other parts of the tree can be consumed as medicine!
We can find Sigru (Moringa) In Ayurvedic texts being mentioned for its medicinal effects. For example:

Sigruteekshnaa laghugraahee
vahnikrit kaphavaatajit

That is, Sigru is sharp, light, constipative and digestive stimulant. It alleviates kapha and vaata.

svarasah paramaartikrit

That is, both the bark and leaves of Moringa helps to reduce pain.

Recent discovery is now bringing this humble plant into limelight for its medicinal effect. Efforts are on to extract and package bioactive compounds in moringa as a medicine