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Written by Navneet Kaur, M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics


Health Benefits of Drumsticks

Drumsticks are a unique and highly nutritious vegetable. Also known as Moringa oleifera, drumstick trees are native to parts of Africa and Asia. Their pods, leaves, and flowers have been cherished for centuries for their remarkable health benefits and culinary versatility.  


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Drumsticks are packed with essential nutrients such as vitamins (A, C, and E), minerals (calcium, potassium, and iron), and amino acids, making them a true superfood. 

1. Nutrient-Rich Superfood 

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The high vitamin C content in drumsticks strengthens the immune system, helping the body ward off infections and diseases. 

2. Immune System Support  

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Rich in calcium and phosphorus, drumsticks aid in maintaining healthy bones and teeth. They are particularly beneficial for growing children and older adults. 

3. Bone Health 

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Drumsticks contain compounds with anti-inflammatory properties, potentially reducing the risk of chronic inflammation-related diseases. 

4. Anti-Inflammatory Properties  

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The fibre in drumsticks aids in digestion by promoting regular bowel movements and preventing constipation. It also supports a healthy gut microbiome. 

5. Digestive Health  

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Drumsticks may help lower cholesterol levels, contributing to heart health. Potassium in drumsticks can regulate blood pressure, reducing the risk of hypertension. 

6. Heart Health  

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The leaves of the drumstick tree are rich in antioxidants like quercetin and chlorogenic acid, which protect cells from oxidative damage. 

7. Antioxidant Powerhouse  

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Some studies suggest that drumstick leaves may help regulate blood sugar levels, potentially benefiting those with diabetes. 

8. Blood Sugar Control

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Drumsticks are low in calories and high in fibre, making them a great addition to a weight loss or management plan by promoting a feeling of fullness. 

9. Weight Management 

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Due to their high iron content, drumsticks can help prevent and alleviate iron-deficiency anaemia. 

10. Aid in Anaemia Prevention 

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Drumsticks are not only a versatile ingredient in various cuisines but also a treasure trove of health benefits. Incorporating them into your diet, whether in soups, curries, or salads, is a delicious way to harness their nutritional value and contribute to your overall well-being. 


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