Miracle From Grandma’s Kitchen? Bengaluru Scientists Show How Moringa (Drumstick) Could Be The Next Superfood

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The health benefits of Moringa (drumstick) have been globally advertised for and endorsed by the public for quite a while now. Recent times have seen a surge in cultivation, sale and consumption of the plant in evolved forms like Moringa powder, pills, tonics and juices. Interestingly, Moringa has found considerable mention in ancient Indian medicine and traditional healings. It had been a recurring ingredient in Indian kitchens until the wave of junk food took over.

Moringa is well-known for its properties to combat Arthritis, Diabetes, Anaemia, High Blood Pressure and other commonly occurring health conditions, even cancer. So far, the benefits of Moringa were more of a notion acquired from inherited knowledge and practice. However, a team of researchers at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru has finally unveiled why Moringa has the potential to be proclaimed as a ‘superfood’.

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A complex biochemical treasure trove

The ‘magic tree’ Moringa was found to be enriched with a complex biochemical treasure trove – comprising a horde of the most essential vitamins and minerals, reported Deccan Herald. The NCBS team, led by Prof R Sowdhamini, a computational biologist, analysed the DNA of all the five major plant tissues – stem, root, leaf, flower and seed – of Moringa. They found that vitamins A, C and E are abundantly produced in the leaves and stems. Specifically, the leaves contain more than one vitamin while the stem is rich in Vitamin C. The roots are packed with minerals and flowers and seeds with potassium. The pods also harbour enzymes that help to keep harmful cholesterol levels in check, stated a report by The Hindu.

“The leaves, pods and flowers of the plant are rich in these molecules that can help in lipid metabolism, reducing diabetes as well as cardio, neuroprotective and anti-cancer properties,” Prof Sowdhamini revealed to Deccan Herald.

Move over spinach, Moringa is the new superfood

Spinach has long been recognised as an extremely nutritious food with a high content of iron and calcium. However, the new study reveals that leaves of Moringa contain at least 30 times more iron and 100 times more calcium than spinach.

“Enzymes in the biosynthesis of vitamins and metabolites like quercetin and kaempferol are highly expressed in leaves, flowers and seeds” – states the paper published by the NCBS team. While kaempferol is an anti-cancerous agent, quercetin happens to be a cure for metabolic disorders. The key element of Moringa, Moringine, can be effective in weight loss and checking diabetes, as it enhances lipid metabolism.

High amounts of ursolic acid, oleanolic acid and dibenzyl amines are present in Moringa roots which protect the heart and reduce chances of fertility-related issues. “The expression of iron transporters and calcium storage proteins were observed in root and leaves” – said the study.

A great option for conscious eaters

Moringa is a tree of sub-Himalayan origin and thrives extensively all over India without regular care. These trees can also effectively withstand drought conditions.

Prof Sowdhamini acknowledges that the medicinal value of every part of the Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera) is scripted in details in ancient Ayurveda. Finally, the quantification and identification of the component molecules have been successfully achieved, opening a new door in the field of biotechnology as well as providing conscious consumers with a new choice to rejoice upon.

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‘Happy Fridge’: The Key To Bridge Food Wastage And Hunger Problem In India

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Rahul Khera and Gautam Jindal, volunteers (aka hunger heroes) at Feeding India, were among the many Delhi NCR residents accustomed to seeing hungry children pick up half-eaten burgers or stale sandwiches from the dustbin and savour those with the brightest smiles. Like many others, they also had the will to promote equitable food distribution but was perplexed about the approach, until they learnt about the community fridge initiative which has gained unprecedented success in Saudi Arabia and few other European countries. Meanwhile, community fridges were already being installed outside restaurants or in public places in a handful of cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Kochi.

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Needless to mention, with a shocking 103rd rank in the Global Hunger Index and a food wastage estimate of around Rs 58,000 crore – India was perhaps the best country to implement such an initiative. With Gautam’s help, an enthusiastic Rahul invested his own savings to install a ‘Happy Fridge’ outside his residence at Sun City, Sector 54 in Gurgaon. Set up in 2017 by these Feeding India volunteers, the fridge in Gurgaon has inspired the NGO to scale up the project across India.

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‘Happy Fridge’ fostered many smiles

It didn’t take long for the local residents to learn about this laudable endeavour. They welcomed it, as wastage of excess food was a recurring problem in almost every household. “Intimating the localities was no mammoth task, thanks to social media. However, it was difficult to spread the word among those who actually needed the food,” shares Rahul, who went from auto stands to slums, inviting rickshaw pullers, ragpickers or roadside vendors to avail the community fridge any time they feel hungry. “The security guards of our residential complex played a huge role in explaining how the fridge works to the beneficiaries,” he adds.

The operational and maintenance costs of the ‘ happy fridge ‘ are being maintained diligently by the community members.

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Making memories, sprouting awareness

“I remember one young man who had arrived from a village looking for some menial day job. Somehow he had run out of his paltry savings and had no money to buy one decent meal a day. For about a month, our happy fridge was his solace, till he earned his first salary from a housekeeping job,” shares a jubilant Rahul.

In another incident, a truck driver returning in the wee hours of midnight was starving after a whole day’s hard work. He had run out of cooking fuel at his home, so our fridge was at his rescue.

“The residents keep all sorts of palatable dishes in the happy fridge, ranging from dry snacks, fruits to cooked meals. Sometimes, they even keep raw vegetables, to ensure not a single bit of good food ends up in their trash while other people go hungry to bed,” reveals Rahul.

On an average, each happy fridge supplies around 10-15 meals in a day. The gratitude and pure smiles of the hungry souls after a fulfilling meal are more than enough to continue to motivate Rahul and his neighbours. In fact, inspired by him, many other communities in the Delhi-NCR region set up community fridges in their areas.

Feeding India will set up 500 Happy Fridges

Since the past few years, Feeding India has been a prominent organisation working in the forefront to solve the hunger problem in India. Primarily, they were involved in redistributing leftover food from weddings and parties among the underprivileged people in different cities of India. Their volunteers, better known as “Hunger Heroes of India”, worked actively to bridge the gap between food wastage and food crisis.

“We used to get a lot of calls from individual households to collect their excess food. However, unfortunately, we lacked the manpower and planning to launch our programme on a door to door basis. We were desperately looking for an alternative when we learnt about the community fridges,” shares Srishti Jain, co-founder of Feeding India.

After interacting with Rahul Khera and other campaigners of community fridges, Feeding India decided to amplify this extraordinary project throughout the length and breadth of India. Presently, they have launched the #FightFoodWaste campaign to install 500 community fridges – nicknamed ‘ Happy Fridge ’. So any passer-by – be it a kid going to school without a lunchbox, or a labourer returning home late at night with no promise of a dinner – can now grab a pack of biscuits or a bowl of ‘dal-chawal’ (rice & lentil soup) to satiate their hunger. Click here to contribute for ‘ Happy Fridge ‘ and ensure India never sleeps hungry again.

Feeding India also urges everyone to make a promise to stop wasting food and instead consider donating it to those in need.

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