Know about facts and Health Benefits of Drumstick Plant (Sahjan)

Drumstick plant or Moringa oleifera also known as Sahjan in Hindi is a very common vegetable in India.  It is known all over the world for its nutritious leafy-greens, flower buds, and mineral-rich green fruit pods. Some of facts about Drumstick are as follows:


  • Moringa greens (leaves) are an excellent source of protein. 100 g of fresh raw leaves contain 9.8 g of protein.
  • Fresh pods and seeds are rich in oleic acid and vitamin C.
  • It is and one of the richest source of vitamin A.
  • The greens as well as pods also contain good amounts of many vital B-complex vitamins such as folates, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), thiamine (vitamin B-1), riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin.
  • The greens (leaves) are one of the finest sources of minerals like calcium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, selenium, and magnesium.


Regulates Blood Sugar Levels

Drumstick contains 18 amino acids which helps in treating many diseases. One important use is its anti-diabetic property. The methanol extract of leaves of Moringa oleifera was evaluated for its anti- diabetic efficacy. Use it in your regular vegetable soups to gain its benefits.

 Relieves Joint Pains

Charaka has also mentioned it as a plant source for oil. Due to its medicinal benefits and analgesic effects, Moringa is the primary ingredient in many Ayurvedic pain relief oils.

Boosts Memory And Concentration

The presence of glutamic acid in drumsticks helps to prevent ammonia intoxication. It is also an active neurotransmitter substance which in turns helps your memory and learning capabilities. Add drumstick to your dals so that the necessary nutrients flow into the dal while boiling.

 Improves Fertility

Moringa can also prove beneficial in improving fertility. Recent research suggests that regular use of moringa is known to boost the sperm count and improve the quality of sperm in males. It also acts as a neurotransmitter and is involved in hormone production. Use moringa leaves in your mint or coriander chutney and add some garlic for the flavor.

Helps Clear Acne

Moringa is known for its purifying properties. The moringa leaf extract and oil can treat severe acne. The oil purifies the skin and helps to rejuvenate it. Moringa can be had with your regular vegetables as a simple gravy dish cooked with mustard sauce.

Promotes Tissue Growth

Moringa is beneficial for infants and adults alike. It contains Histidine which is used to form histamine a neurological compound released during allergic responses. It is used for growth and for the repair of tissue.

 Kills Intestinal Worms

The flowers of moringa help to get rid of any worms that may be present in the intestine. You can make delicious pakoras with the drumstick flowers and enjoy with any sauce of your choice.

Aids In Healthy Pregnancy

The drumsticks are packed with proteins, vitamins, minerals, anti- oxidants and all these nutrients that are vital for the growing baby.


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