Drumstick vegetable – Health benefits you need to know

September 29, 2016 by Mommy Nurse
drumstick vegetable health benefits

Drumstick vegetable is a multipurpose greens that can transform food to a more nutritional diet and can be your health care companion against diseases. Consumption of this amazing vegetable provides numerous health benefits. If you don’t eat drumstick vegetable or barely know it, now is the time for this vegetable to impress you.

First of all, here is the quick profile overview of drumstick vegetable.

Scientific Name: Moringa Oleifera

Common Names:

  • Malunggay (Philippines)
  • Drumstick Tree, Horseradish Tree or Ben oil Tree (English)
  • La mu, Lat mok (China)
  • Sajor Kelor (Indonesia)
  • Meringgai (Laos)
  • Saijan (Pakistan)
  • Sajina (India)

Drumstick is a small, slim tree growing as high as 9 meters with a soft and white wood, surrounded by thick cork. Leaves are alternate thrice pinnate. Each compound leaf contains 3-9 thin leaflets. Flowers are white and fragrant, with long pods 3-angled winged seeds.

This humble tree can be found and widely cultivated in the backyards of home, around the countries with tropical climate such as the Philippines, India and Africa. The tree grows rapidly even in poor soils and can be harvested year-round. It is extremely well-known vegetable with high nutritional value and incredible quality to cure numerous health conditions.

Drumstick tree has been referred to as the “Miracle Tree” for its versatility. It is packed with unbelievable amount of nutrition, which contains high levels of protein two times than yogurt, four times than calcium in milk, beta-carotene converted to vitamin A in the body which is four times higher in carrots, more vitamin C than oranges, three times more potassium than banana and iron. No wonder, it’s been used medicinally to combat number of diseases. This plant is ideal to fight malnutrition and successfully boost dietary intake because of its nutritional benefits, availability and low-cost.


  • Food – Pods may be eaten raw or may also be fried. Drumstick leaves and flower may also be cooked together with other vegetables. It is a great additional ingredient for soups and viands.
  • Decoction for washing wounds – Boil roots and let it cool to bearable warm temperature and use it to wash wounds and sores.
  • Poultice/dressing – Grounded seeds, leaves and bark may be applied topically as poultice onto swollen flesh to ease inflammation.
  • Oil – “Ben oil” may be taken orally, mixed with foods. It is a powerful antioxidant. Oil is extracted from drumstick seeds by pressing. It can also be used as oil base for perfumes and cosmetics.

Amazing Drumstick vegetable benefits in our body systems

  • INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM (is an organ system consisting of the skin, hair and nails)
    • Glowing skin because moringa cleanses and detoxifies the body
    • Helps prevent acne and pimples
    • Reduce wrinkles
    • Protect your body and skin against free radical damage to cells
    • Prevent warts
    • Prevent and cure boils
    • For wounds
    • Helps relieve insect bites
    • Reduce hair loss
    • Reduce dandruff and soothe itchy/irritated scalp
  • MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM ( includes bones of the skeleton and the cartilages, ligaments, and other connective tissue that connect the bones)
    • For stronger bones and teeth because of its high calcium content
    • Help manage claudication (a cramping pain caused by low blood supply to affected muscles)
    • Prevent occurrence of osteoporosis during old age
    • Helps to improve hemoglobin content of the blood, this in turn helps the blood to deliver more oxygen to the muscles during excessive exercises
    • Relax smooth muscles of the blood vessel
    • Massage oil for rheumatism and helps ease arthritis pain
    • Heal joint and tendons inflammation
    • Alleviates sprains
  • ENDOCRINE SYSTEM (is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual and reproduction function, sleep and mood )
    • Balance hormones naturally
    • Prevents sunstroke by stimulating the adrenal glands
    • Promotes sound sleep

  • CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM (consists of the heart, blood vessels, and the approximately five liters of blood that the blood vessel transport)
    • Regulates heartbeat and rhythm
    • Helps in blood pressure control
    • Moringa contains Selenium that is necessary for red blood cell health
    • Prevents cholesterol from forming in blood vessels
    • Thiamine helps change carbohydrates into energy, which is essential for heart function
    • Helps lower cholesterol levels
    • Prevents blood clotting
    • Improves blood circulation
    • Used to treat anemia
    • Helps normalize blood sugar level therefore preventing diabetes
    • Helps blood vessel dilate and relax
  • LYMPHATIC AND IMMUNE SYSTEM ( is a network of tissues and organs that help expel body toxins, waste and unwanted materials)
    • Boost immune system, thus increasing body’s energy
    • Antipyretic
    • Contains antioxidant
    • Avoids infection
    • Reduces tumor/ulcers
    • Decrease risk of many types of cancers including breast, colon, lung and prostate cancer
    • Fights flu and diseases
  • RESPIRATORY SYSTEM (series of organs responsible for taking in oxygen and expelling carbon dioxide)
    • Reduce phlegm
    • Fights cold
    • Aids lung problems such as asthma, bronchitis and tuberculosis
    • Have anti-microbial that fights respiratory pathogens
    • Use as gargle for sore throat
  • GASTROINTESTINAL SYSTEM ( consists of organs involved in food intake, digestion and breaking down nutrients to convert food into energy and excretion)
    • Relief of gastric ulcers
    • Remedy for flatulence
    • Cure stomach aches
    • Improves digestion problem
    • Has very high levels of fibers that prevent constipation
    • Helps prevent fat accumulation in the liver
    • Good metabolism
    • Exterminating parasites in the intestines
  • URINARY/RENAL SYSTEM (is a group of organs concerned in producing, storing and eliminating urine )
    • Natural diuretic
    • Antibacterial component of moringa is powerful to cure UTI
    • Used for low back/kidney pain
  • REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM ( collection of internal and external organs, in both males and females that help you reproduce or have babies)
    • Increases milk supply for nursing mothers
    • Prevents mastitis (inflammation of the breast)
    • Aphrodisiac (stimulates sexual drive)
    • Helps increase semen count
    • Prevents prostate, cervix and ovarian cancer
    • Helps in erectile dysfunction
    • Effective against difficult menses
  • NERVOUS SYSTEM ( is a complex network of nerves and cells that carry messages and from the brain and spinal cord to various parts of the body)
    • Improves mental focus
    • Enhance alertness
    • Effective against nervous disorder like epilepsy
    • Relieve headaches and migraines
    • Reduces anxiety, depression and stress
  • SPECIAL SENSES ( sensations of taste, hearing, smell, equilibrium/balance and sight)
    • Improves vision
    • Combats childhood blindness
    • Prevents eye infection and reduce swelling
    • Alleviate and cure earaches

In addition to these, drumstick vegetable is used as water purifier. The seed powder can be used as a simple method for cleaning dirty stream and this treatment removes bacteria in water. As mentioned above, these are some of the exceptional  medicinal usage of this “super food”, “Tree of Life”, “Miracle Tree”, label it all to Moringa! Absolutely and truly it is a valuable food crop. Today, several studies have shown the validity and authenticity of this knowledge. Moringa capsules and Moringa tea bags are safe and you can find some that are inspected by FDA. Unfortunately, supplementation early in pregnancy appears to have the potential to induce abortions and higher dosage leads to genotoxicity and should be avoided. Responsible and proper usage of this greens is needed.

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