No more Bournvitas

If I told you that there is a cheaper and natural alternative to ‘growth and energy drinks’ like Bournvita, Boost or Horlicks mothers reading this post may consider me a fool.  TV commercials are so powerful and like all of us, even mothers too get swayed by them.  Factory produced food are excellent example of manufactured consent.

Did you know that leaves of Moringa are an excellent substitute for the so called growth drinks?

In Bangla, it’s called Sajina.  Marathis call it Shenga. Its other names are Sahjan, Murunga and Moonga.

Nutritional analysis has shown that Moringa leaves are extremely nutritious. In fact, they contain larger amounts of several important nutrients than the common foods often associated with these nutrients. These include vitamin C, which fights a host of illnesses including colds and flu; vitamin A, which acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhea, and many other diseases; Calcium, which builds strong bones and teeth and helps prevent osteoporosis; Potassium, which is essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves, and Proteins, the basic building blocks of all our body cells.

Another important point is that Moringa leaves contain all of the essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. It is very rare for a vegetable to contain all of these amino acids. And Moringa contains these amino acids in a good proportion, so that they are very useful to our bodies. It is noteworthy that Moringa contains argenine and histidine, which are especially important for infants who are unable to make enough protein for their growth requirements.

It’s like growing multi-vitamins at your doorstep. Not only that, but Moringa leaves also contain a wealth of other complementary vitamins and minerals. Like Phosphorus, Vitamin B1, Chromium, Manganese, Potassium, Iron, Protein, Vitamin C, Copper, Vitamin B2,Vitamin B3, Zinc, Magnesium,Vitamin A and Calcium.

Isn’t Moringa a super food?

Moringa leaves have

* 7x the Vitamin C of orange

* 4x the Vitamin A of Carrots

* 4x the Calcium of Milk

* 3x the Potassium of Bananas

* 2x the Protein of Yogurt

In comparison, dry Moringa leaves contain the following nutrients:

* 25x more iron than spinach

* 4x more protein than in eggs

* 10x more Vitamin A than in carrots

* 17x more Calcium than in milk

* 15x more potassium than in bananas

In the research, it was discovered that the nutritional value is maximum in leaf powder, followed by fresh leaves while the pods contain the least nutrients of the three.

How to use Moringa leaves?

Easy, wash them, dry it with a piece of cloth and leave them in the sun.  When dry bottle the.Put spoonful in dal or subji. You can make tea of it too.

In the coming months I plan to distribute dry Moringa leaves for free. Do you need it?

 

 Courtesy: http://www.treesforlife.org

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “No more Bournvitas

  1. iniyaal

    True… eating moringa leaves with dall during pregnancy has been followeed for generations in villages. It is supposed to be the best natural source of iron and vitamins…

  2. Nita Rane

    Very good post about Moringa leaves. Its sad that unlike other leafy vegetables one does not find Moringa leaves being sold in the local markets. Do you still have some dried Moringa leaves leftover with you? I am situated in Thane West, it would be great to pick up some.

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