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SPOTLIGHT ON MORINGA – Cooking Variations, Health Benefits and More

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I have witnessed my mother fall in love only once in my life.

I was raised by a single mother and as a result of her immense disappointment in her failed marriage, my mother was very guarded with her emotions. Whenever my siblings and I posed for the camera with my mum at events, it usually ended up being a struggle. We would bring out all our flattery cards and coax her to smile for us to have a lovely picture because my mother hardly smiled, at least not since she and my dad called it quits.

However, my mum began to smile more often some years back. She had returned home one day with a green powdery substance in a bowl and I can recall her adding it to every meal from that day. I was curious; what was this substance that suddenly made my mum crack a smile every now and then? I didn’t need to ask because soon enough, she told my sisters and I about her new found love for Moringa. She gushed about its health and medicinal benefits and you could tell it was love from how passionately she spoke.

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Moringa Oleifera, also known as ‘Drumstick tree’, is a multi-purpose plant that is native to parts of Africa and Asia.It has been called a  miracle tree because of its powerful medicinal value and amazing health benefits. Moringa is an important food source in some parts of the world because it can be grown cheaply and easily, and it is highly nutritious that’s why it is sometimes called ‘Superfood.’

Health Benefits

  • Moringa leaves help in boosting energy levels in a natural manner.
  • Moringa is used to treat anaemia, arthritis and rheumatism.It also helps with asthma, cancer and constipation.
  • It can be used to heal ulcers and prevent tumours.
  • As a result of their anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, moringa supplements facilitate quick healing of minor injuries like bruises, cuts and burns.
  • Daily consumption of moringa as part of the diet improves body’s natural defence mechanism. It is an immune stimulant and it is often prescribed for AIDS afflicted patients
  • Moringa is rich in vitamin A  and acts as an effective weapon against blindness.
  • For nursing mothers out there, taking moringa regularly can cause an increase in breast milk.
  • It is extremely effective against diabetics as it helps balances sugar levels.
  • Moringa helps in balancing the cholesterol levels in the body and is perfect for people who love junk food just like me.
  • Moringa can serve as a purifier and natural detoxifier.
  • Moringa seeds are used to manufacture  perfumes and aromatherapy oils while its flowers are used in making herbal tea which contains flavonoids and antioxidants.
  • In India and some parts of Africa, moringa is used in feeding programs to fight malnutrition.
  • The Roots of moringa are used in traditional medicine to control disorders of the circulatory system and also stimulate appetite.
  • Do you have a low sex drive? Research has proven that moringa helps to treat various sexual dysfunctions.
  • Moringa possesses anti-ageing properties and helps to stimulate hair growth.
  • The leaves of Moringa can also be cooked and used like spinach. They are also dried and powdered for use as a condiment.

Cooking Variations and other usages.

As I earlier stated, Moringa is a multi-purpose plant therefore, it can be used to prepare almost anything. You can make cakes, smoothies, rice and even Nigerian soup staples such as Eba with moringa. Moringa leaves can be dried and brewed as tea substitute, while its seeds can be cooked and eaten like groundnuts; they can also be made it popcorn. I will be trying out the Moringa popcorn next month so ensure to watch out for it.

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It is important to note, however, that over consumption of Moringa can lead to paralysis and extreme cases of heart burn. With all these wonderful health benefits of Moringa , wouldn’t you want to include it in your daily diet and regime?

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