We know that vegetables help provide important micronutrients, especially the category of green leafy vegetables as they are low in calories along with presenting phytonutrients and fibre that holds great significance in healthy living.
- Drumstick leaves contain cytokinins in the form of zeatin as well as other beneficial phytochemicals such as caffeoylquinic acids, kaempferol, quercetin and carotenes (Kushwaha et al 2012)
- Did you know? Out of all green leafy vegetables available, drumstick leaves (Moringa Oleifera) contain the highest β-carotene content.
- High intakes of vitamin A/carotenoids present in fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced risk of several chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, age-related macular degeneration and certain types of cancer. Also, a good source of ascorbic acid, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and has low levels of oxalates. These protective nutrients are vital for healthy vision, bones, blood and skin. Furthermore, rich in various polyphenols, which act as antioxidants and are recommended for protecting against CVDs.
- Dried and roasted drumstick seeds taste like groundnuts.
- The dried leaves, roots and seeds are used as condiments in traditional cooking. The South Indian dals and soups made from drumstick pods with a unique flavour.
- Collard green has the highest cholesterol-lowering ability compared to other cruciferous vegetables.
- Cabbage juice is beneficial to treat stomach ulcers or intestinal ulcers.
- Dandelion greens may help reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and stroke.
- Kale has more vitamin C than oranges, which help bestow your immunity.
- When we think about improving our iron intake, we think of spinach for iron? Spinach is only a fair source of iron and a good source of vitamin K, vitamin A.
- Bathua leaves are cultivated mainly in Himachal and Rajasthan in India. It is a powerhouse of minerals like iron, potassium, phosphorus and calcium along with being a tasty treat.
- It is rich in fibre which aids digestion and alleviates constipation issues.
Kushwaha, Shalini. (2015). Nutritional Composition of Drumstick (Moringa Oleifera). 2. 2348-795.