Today’s post is about the 10 amazing benefits of moringa leaves during pregnancy and motherhood.
There are beautiful memories etched in my heart when I think of my home back Kerala. The sweet rustic scent of the soil with the first rain , tender plantain leaves shivering, rain water dripping on it, at night the creeping of various insects and croaking frogs!
Moringa trees usually are uprooted during heavy rainfall in Kerala. Once one of our moringa trees had fallen down and I still remember the day when ‘Acchan'(dad) supplied baskets of moringa leaves to all our neighbors. Not to mention we were fed up of eating moringa leaves and drumsticks throughout that week in different forms 😛
Times passed by. Today I can see a moringa tree from my kitchen window. Undernourished, almost about to fall, but bearing n number of drumsticks. Every time I see it, I remember my home and the moringa tree back there. When Amma came here, she saw the tree and wondered why no one here bothered to pluck leaves from it 😛
In Mumbai the place where I stay, I haven’t seen moringa leaves being sold in grocery shops. I haven’t seen its use in Maharashtrian cuisine either. At times I yearn for the “muringayila mulakshyam”, a curry made with coconut, lentil and moringa leaves.
Moringa leaves are enriched with about 90+ nutrients like calcium, vitamin B, protein, Vitamin A , potassium and many more!! It’s a wholesome food !!Can you believe that ?
Now coming back to the topic, yesterday Amma asked me “why didn’t you write about moringa leaves in your blog? Don’t you know it’s equally beneficial for mother and baby?”. You know I had the enlightenment!! ( yes Amma is the additional idea strategy team member for Bumps n Baby now 🙂 )
As soon as Anshika slept, I sat with Amma and asked about the medicinal benefits of moringa leaves.
Medicinal Benefits of Moringa Leaves
1. Aids in breast milk production
Moringa leaves curried using pepper powder, salt and turmeric powder are given to new moms. It helps in boosting the breast milk supply. That’s why it is considered to be one of the super foods to increase lactation in new mothers. It is also the only curry given to new moms in her post natal diet in Kerala.
You can refer to the moringa leaves or drum stick leaves stir fry recipe to boost lactation.
2. Relieves constipation
Moringa leaves with its fiber content helps to clear the bowels easily.
3. Good for cold in babies and kids
If your baby has running nose, take moringa tender leaves along with stem and boil it in pure coconut oil. Apply this oil in baby’s scalp everyday. It is known to stop runny and itchy nose in babies. (NOTE : Please do not try this for babies below 6 months even though its external)
4. Balances the sugar level of the body
Moringa leaves control and balance the sugar levels. So even diabetic moms and dads could have it.
5. Immunes the body as it acts as an antioxidant
Rich in antioxidants, moringa leaves act as an antioxidant which helps the body fight off germs and infections.
6. Promotes proper digestion and metabolism
Moringa leaves act as a very good digestion aid and helps in proper metabolism. You can refer to the moringa leaves soup for babies and toddlers.
7. Lowers blood pressure – Helps to control blood pressure
8. Provides energy – Being a wholesome food, it provides enormous amounts of energy
9. Lactose free – Since the calcium present in moringa leaves is lactose free, even lactose intolerant moms or mom to be/s can have it
10. Increases blood circulation – Helps in increasing the blood circulation. Also its best for anaemic mom/ mom to bes.
Bonus Time !!
11. Increases skin texture and beauty – Juice of moringa leaves is a perfect fix for acne and other skin problems.
12. Rich source of iron – Moringa is rich in iron and zinc. Comapred to spinach, moringa has 25 times more iron and iron absorption of the body is increased with the usage of moringa leaves.
I don’t know whether you have moringa leaves in your cuisine . Do you have it as a part of post natal diet? Please share with me in comments 🙂