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Sahijana or Moringa, also known as drumstick is a very common tree widely grown across India. All the parts of this tree are useful either for nutritional, culinary or medicinal purpose. This tree has small leaves, white flowers and seed pods which are long, slender and triangular resembling drumsticks so this tree is also known as Drumstick tree in English. In Hindi it is known as Sahjan or Munga. In Tamil, known as Murungai and in Malayalam known as Murunga. The leaves, flowers and pods are commonly used for cooking, specially the South Indian dish called sambhar.
Many of us use drumsticks in our dals and sambars for flavour. But even as we enjoy them, we have no idea how healthy drumsticks (stems of Moringa Oleifera) can be. An ancient herbal remedy for many health issues, the leaves of Moringa or drumstick plant are now making a comeback all over the world as a health and nutritional supplement.
In conventional wellness industry, Moringa has become very popular because of its highly nutritional leaves which contain:
  • 10 X Vitamin A of Carrots
  • 17 X Calcium of Milk
  • 25 X Iron of Spinach
  • ½ X Vitamin C of Oranges
  • 15 X Potassium of Bananas
  • 9 X Protein of Yogurt
Moringa actually has a surprisingly pleasant taste which is why food companies have been using this beneficial tree in pressed juices, nutrition bars and other healthy snacks. Since it is quite cheap and easy to grow and the leaves retain lots of vitamins and minerals when dried, Moringa leaf powder has been used in India and Africa in nutritional programs to fight malnutrition.
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Bioactive compounds in Moringa leaves interact with the body’s active molecules to bring about
improvements in health. In particular, the leaves of Moringa are rich in nutrients including
Vitamins B6 and C, Riboflavin, Beta-Carotene and Magnesium.
Following are the medicinal benefits of regular consumption of Moringa leaf in our body:
  • Cardiac Health:
    Moringa leaf has anti-inflammatory properties that can help in dealing with heart disease and heart blockages. The leaf powder has a compound called quercetin that naturally reduces blood pressure without side effects.
  • Anti-Diabetic:
    Moringa leaves contain a compound that helps the body maintain alkalinity. Many of the side effects of high blood sugar result from acid-base imbalance.
  • Anti-Ulcer:
    When there is too much acid in the body, you often experience ulcers. The nutrient-rich and body-alkalizing Moringa leaf powder helps counterbalance the acid-creating effects of an unhealthy diet.
  • Anti-Cancer:
    Regular consumption of Moringa leaves as a part of diet reduces chances of cancer to 80%. It is also recommended as a part of diet of cancer patients for healthy and quick healing.
  • Anti-ageing:
    Rich in Beta-Carotene and Vitamin A, it improves eyes and vision and also prevents Ageing Macular Degeneration.
  • Immunity Booster:
    Cooked leaves if consumed daily for 3 weeks or more removes or flushes out all the toxins from the body. It also improves immunity.
  • Skeletal Health:
    Rich in Calcium, Moringa is very good to improve bone density. To improve bone health of kids, about 1 teaspoon of leaf juice should be mixed with milk and given twice daily. It is the highest source of plant based calcium.
  • Pregnant and Lactating Mothers:
    Pregnant ladies should be given cooked leaves especially in last trimester for easy delivery. It also reduces post delivery complication and increases milk secretion in lactating women.


Product of the month
Preserva Wellness Bonboost Tablets
A Natural Calcium and Multivitamin Tablet
According to Ayurveda, osteoporosis, the thinning of bones or bone mass is a Vata disorder. In order to help this condition with an Ayurvedic diet, it makes sense to eat foods that balance Vata dosha and are also rich in calcium and vitamins. Keeping this in the forefront, Preserva Wellness formulated Bonboost Tablets, a boon for fractures and weak bones. It is used for bone health and joint support. It contains Hadjod, Ashwagandha, Sahijana etc. in adequate amount and which have proven results for improving conditions like osteoporosis, arthritis, bone fractures, increasing bone density, healthy joints function and comfort, rejuvenating cartilage, tennis elbow etc. Sahijana (Moringa Oleifera) extract contains natural forms of calcium, along with vitamin B complex, Vitamin A and vitamin E and trace elements like Magnesium and Zinc to provide strength to bones and muscles. Hadjod (Cissus quadrangularis) extract is used for treating bones (increasing bone mass or accelerating fracture healing rates) which gives it the traditional name of the 'Bone Setter' or Hadjod. It is a traditional medicine for female health and for the health and function of both bones and joints. Collagen synthesis has been noted to increase in osteoblasts by hadjod. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) powder is very effective in alleviating the inflammatory immune response and oxidative stress therefore, turmeric rhizomes is beneificial against osteoporosis and arthritis progression. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract contains oestrogen-like withanolides for anti-osteoporotic activity and is a potential agent in the treatment of osteoporosis and reduces the pain of arthritis.
News of the Month Turmeric or Curcumin
Plants vs. Pills
Supplement manufacturers often fall into the same reductionist trap as the drug companies. Herbs are assumed to have only one main active ingredient, so, as the thinking goes, if you can isolate and purify it into a pill, you can boost its effects. Curcumin is described as the active ingredient in turmeric, but is it the active ingredient or just anactive ingredient. It is just one of many different components—more than 300 in fact—of the whole food spice.
By: Dr.Michael Greger March 7,2018
“Only limited studies have compared the potential of turmeric with curcumin.” Some, however, suggest turmeric, the whole food, may work even better—and not just against colon cancer cells. As I discuss in my video Turmeric or Curcumin: Plants vs. Pills, researchers at the Anderson Cancer Center in Texas pitted both curcumin and turmeric against seven different types of human cancer cells in vitro.
The study found that curcumin kicks butt against breast cancer cells, but turmeric, the whole food, kicks even more. In addition to breast cancer, the researchers found that turmeric was more potent compared to curcumin against pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, multiple myeloma, myelogenous leukemia, and colorectal cancer cells, “suggesting that components other than curcumin can also contribute to anti-cancer activities.”
Most clinical studies treating diseases in people have used curcumin supplements, as opposed to turmeric, but none has tried using turmeric components other than curcumin, even though curcumin-free turmeric exhibits anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities.
Most clinical studies treating diseases in people have used curcumin supplements, as opposed to turmeric, but none has tried using turmeric components other than curcumin, even though curcumin-free turmeric exhibits anti-inflammatory and anticancer activities.
“Although curcumin is believed to account for most activities of turmeric, research over the past decade has indicated that curcumin-free turmeric”—that is, turmeric with the so-called active ingredient removed—“is as effective as or even more effective than curcumin-containing turmeric.” There are turmerones, for example, in turmeric, which may exhibit both anticancer activities, as well as anti-inflammatory activities, but these turmerones are processed out of curcumin supplements. So, I assumed this review would conclude by stating we should stop giving people curcumin supplements and instead just give them the whole food spice turmeric, but instead the researchers proposed that we make all sorts of different turmeric-derived supplements!
In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.
Activity of the Month
Preserva Wellness takes the initiative to spread awareness about the role of Ayurveda for prevention of common medical issues like diabetes, arthritis, low immunity, skin and hair problems, hormonal imbalance etc. and provides the highest quality supplements to all its users. Our next two stops for our health camps in the month of March were Cairn India Gurgaon and Amrapali Princely Estate, Sector-76, Noida. Total 65 people were scanned at Cairn India and 137 people at Amrapali Princely Estate for Body Mass Index and Body Composition, Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar while providing medical counseling. The majority at Cairn India, being a large corporate were diagnosed with stress, bad posture, poor digestion and high cholesterol. Most people at Noida were diagnosed with poor digestion, arthritis, hypertension, skin problems and diabetes.