MORINGA LEAF POWDER
Each vegetable and fruit has its own nutritional content; however, only few have medicinal properties along with its regular nutrition.
The literature and research finding on Moringa or drum stick leaves powder has confirmed it to possess high anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic (an antispasmodic is a drug or an herb that suppresses spasms qualities. These are usually caused by smooth muscle contraction, especially in tubular organs. The effect of Moringa powder is said to prevent spasms of the stomach, intestine or urinary bladder) and diuretic properties (A diuretic is any drug that elevates the rate of urination and thus provides a means of forced diuresis).
The south Indian states have a major area under the cultivation of Moringa. Moringa contains properties which help rheumatism, arthritis and other joint disorders. It is also recommended as cardiac and circulatory stimulant. Biological studies have confirmed that the Moringa leaf has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and diuretic activities.
Moringa leaf powder
Moringa is referred to as the Tree of Life. We have looked at developing the pure form of the powder which is natural and safe. Currently Moringa powder is sold in capsules. It can be certified to prove that there are no additives in it.
Medicinal properties of Moringa leaf powder
Further daily consumption of the Moringa leaf powder which is high in Vitamin A can prevent eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhea among others. Its high calcium content is good for strong teeth and prevention of osteoporosis. Being a source of potassium and proteins it is recommended brain and nerves functions.
Moringa powder has also been reported to purify water impurities to maximum extent. Reported information in online portal reveals that few agencies looking for value added products are developed from Moringa. In India planting of Moringa tree material is also a house hold practice in rural area. In semi urban area the agro farm, self help groups are also engaged in the supply chain business of Moringa to the local market.
Comparison of nutritional benefits with other vegetables
The competitive advantage of the leaf is that as compared to the common food its value per 100gm edible portion is very high.
- Vitamin A 6780 mcg carrots: 1890 mcg
- Vitamin C 220 mg oranges: 30 mg
- Calcium 440 mg cow's milk: 120 mg
- Potassium 259 mg bananas: 88 mg
- Protein 6.7 gm cow's milk: 3.2 gm
There are several research institutes in India which have worked on the process and development of various products form Moringa leaf. Efforts are also on to bring out value-added products to the market.