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Drumstick has been the subject of numerous health experts. It is one of the plants in which all parts of the plant or whole plant can be used for some or other way. Drumstick plant is native to India and other parts of Asia and Africa. In the north of India, it is also known by the name of “Shajan”. Drumsticks are most commonly used in the preparation of soups, curries, and sambhars in most part of southern India. Its Botanical Name is Moringa oleifera.
Moringa Olifera plant is the evergreen, slim, medium-sized tree. The flower of this plant develops into long slender, dark green pods. Moringa seeds are present in the slender pods which are called Drumsticks. Drumstick useful in either of ways nutritional and medicinal purposes since ages. In Ayurvedic system of Medicines, it is said to cure or prevent more than 300 diseases.
The following are the reasons why you must include drumstick in your diet
#1 Relieves Cold, cough, and sore throat
Drumsticks are pretty high in content of vitamin C, which helps to combat cold and flu. Add cooked drumstick pods in your diet to get relief from a sore throat. As well as Drumstick pods help in reducing headache.
#2 Strengthen bones
Due to its excellent sources of Calcium, Vitamins and Iron drumsticks are recognized to offer strong bones. Calcium and Phosphorus found in drumstick help in keeping your bones healthy.If you take this in form of juice or with milk regularly, it is seen that these pods help elevate the bone density and also improves bone health in children. This is especially good for the growing children.
#3 Enhances sexual health
Drumsticks have been advised to include in the diet on regular basis in patients with decreased libido(libido is sex drive) by many doctors. There can be many causes of decreased libido like the change in hormone levels, anxiety, and depression. So drumstick seeds help men as a sexual virility drug.
#4 Boosts immune system
This veggie cum herbal plant is excellent in dealing immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis as it contains Vitamin C, B1, B6 and oleic acids. The body develops immunity against the infectious pathogens. This keeps our immune system strong enough.
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#5 Best for pregnant women
I’ve been heard that many women have confusion regarding include drumstick in our diet is safe or not… Study relieved it is safe and in fact, it proved to be quite healthy in your pregnancy. During pregnancy, drumsticks help in controlling the sluggishness of uterus thus ensuring smooth delivery and eases labor pain. This also helps in prevention of post-delivery complications. Since drumsticks are an excellent source of calcium, it is recommended during the lactation period.
#6 Improves digestion
Drumstick has four times more fibers than oats. Due to its rich source of fiber and calcium, it is very useful in maintaining the proper function of the digestive enzymes and supporting bowel regularity.
#7 Eases Asthma
Taking steam of water in which Drumstick pods are boiled, this helps to ease asthma. Drumstick also helps in easing various respiratory problems.
#8 Provides glow to the skin
Consumption of the juice of drumstick pods is extremely useful in improving the glow of skin due to it’s antioxidant properties and high content of vitamin C. Big beauty brands make an acne treatment by extracting oils from drumstick seeds and used in facial masks and body masks to nourish skin, prevents skin from acne and give it a healthy glow to the skin.
Usually, it is combined with lime juice and particularly quite effective in getting rid of dark patches, acne, and wrinkles.
#9 Blood purification
Drumsticks have a superior content for antibiotic qualities and hence removes the impurities from the blood. It is proven a good blood purifier.
#10 Promote healthy digestive systems
This magical plant contains the rich source of vitamin B-complex like niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acids and folic acids, they promote healthy digestives systems. Drumstick can also supply dietary fibers to the body.
#11 Treats Malnutrition
Drumsticks are a good source of dietary fibers, Minerals, Vitamins, and Proteins. Add Drumstick pods to your daily food to treat Malnutrition.
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Drumstick side effects
Drumstick is a herbal product and which is free of chemical additives. No side effects have been reported till date if used in moderation.
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Here is a rustic drumstick curry recipe which is delicious and tasty.
2 chopped onions and tomato, 8-9 curry leaves, 2 slant chopped potatoes, 3 long drumsticks, cumin, green chili, mustard, garlic, red chili and coriander powder, cooking oil, and some coriander
1. Add oil to a pan and heat it, add mustard, cumin, fine chopped onions and saute.
2. After onion becomes a light brown shade, add green chili and curry leaves and saute.
3. Add drumsticks and slant chopped potatoes, fry for two to three minutes to remove the raw smell from the drumstick.
4. Add fine chopped tomatoes, some salt, and turmeric. Fry in open pan, do not cover with the lid and fry till tomato turns soft.
5. Add red chili, coriander, and garlic powder and saute for two minutes.
6. Pour water just enough to cover the drumsticks and cook on a medium flame till it turns little dark in color.
Your tasty delicious drumstick curry is ready to serve with steamed rice.
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Also, I would like to add here that besides their therapeutic and nutritional benefits, other edible parts of drumstick are leaves, flowers, and seeds are also very beneficial for humans. In the next article, I will bring health benefits of Moringa leaves along with its medicinal uses. So stay connected with me and my articles by subscribing to it by email.