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The A-Z of Indian Superfoods: Drumstick

Dr. Lakshmi K

PhD in Food Science & Nutrition

4 min read

Drumsticks are fruits of the Moringa plant that have long been used in the Indian diet. Only recently has it caught the world’s eye as an exceptional superfood for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Drumstick or Moringa oleifera, a small native tree of the sub-Himalayan regions of northwest India, is also known as “the miracle tree”. Its leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, seed oil, bark, and roots are known for their medicinal and therapeutic properties.

It is widely used in traditional phytomedicine (​​herbal medicine with therapeutic and healing properties). Numerous studies back the incredible medicinal properties of (moringa) drumsticks. Drumsticks have been used therapeutically in ancient medicine for their antimicrobial, antitumor, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties and for their ability to protect the heart, liver and brain function.

Nutritionally, drumsticks are rich in essential vitamins ( Vitamin C, A, B and K), minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium) and amino acids. It is also abundant in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and antioxidants such as flavonoids, ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolics.

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