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Desi superfood, Moringa will soon be used to fight malnutrition in India

Containing More Vitamin A Than Carrots, More Calcium Than Milk, More Iron Than Spinach, More Vitamin C Than Oranges, Moringa Could Be The Gem Of A Food You Never Knew About.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Chanshimla Varah | Updated on: 15 Feb 2019, 01:21:12 PM
Moringa soon to be used to fight malnutrition in India (Photo: Twitter)

New Delhi:

Loaded with health-giving properties, moringa or the Miracle Tree should be the newest addition to your superfoods chart if you haven't.  Found and grown easily in parts of India, moringa, according to health studies contain more Vitamin A than carrots, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than oranges, and more potassium than bananas.”

Given this huge health benefits and healing properties, scientists of the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (MSU) in Gujarat, who have, for a long time been vocal about the inclusion of moringa leaves in one’s daily diet plans to propagate this food into parts of the country’s region.  

Based on the information of moringa or drumsticks, the state National Health Mission (NHM) department will soon publicise the benefits of Moringa across Gujarat and encourage the citizens to consume not just drumstick fruits but also its leaves and bark in a bid to fight malnutrition.

These results were reportedly found by a group of scientists from the Department of Foods and Nutrition following a series of clinical trials, who discovered that drumstick leaves have a very high content of beta-carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A.

“The trials proved that beta-carotene extracted from drumstick leaves is equally effective as compared to synthetic doses which are otherwise recommended to those suffering from Vitamin A deficiency. So, it is much better, easier and cheaper to consume the leaves directly or in dried form instead of popping pills and tablets,” said Dr Nambiar, who has been studying the nutritional benefits of the superfood for the last two decades told a daily. 

They also added that moringa which is loaded with amino acids can increase the immunity of the body and detoxify at the same time. This superfood, which can easily acclimatise to parts of India has hence been suggested to grow across the premises of public health centres, health centres, school compounds and the likewise.


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First Published : 15 Feb 2019, 01:20:24 PM