Known as shajan in Hindi, drumsticks are loaded with minerals and healthy proteins making it the current ‘super food’ in the west.

In India, it has been a part and parcel of Indian cuisine and used in our kitchens since ages. It is a ‘must-have ingredient’ in south Indian ‘sambhar’, mixed vegetable stew in the north Indian household, and famous as ‘Paleeda’ in Bohri cuisine. We can harness its health benefits in numerous ways such as cooking it with other vegetables, lentils (dals) or in the form of soup. Being high in nutrients and tasty in nature, here are eight reasons drumsticks is a ‘must have’ in your diet.

Purification of blood
The leaves and pods of this green vegetable posses blood purifying properties and it also acts as a potent antibiotic agent. The regular consumption of drumsticks, either in the form of soups or juices, reduces acne, skin rashes other related skin problems.

Lowered blood sugar levels
Drumstick leaves significantly reduce the blood glucose levels in the body and help in controlling diabetes. It is also found to enhance gall bladder function, which in turn helps to lower sugar levels.

Good for pregnant women
It is recommended that women should eat drumsticks during pregnancy as it helps in delivery and also eases pre and post delivery complications. The presence of essential vitamins and minerals in this vegetable reduces the sluggishness of the uterus along with boosting the milk production after delivery.

Protects against infection
The leaves and flowers of drumstick contain antibacterial agents that help in preventing a wide range of infections related to the throat and skin. It also contains high levels of vitamin C, which boosts the immune activity and helps in eliminating the ill effects of free radicals from the body.

Builds strong bones
Being high in calcium, iron and other vitamins, drumsticks help in strengthening bones. When consumed either in the form of a juice or with milk on a regular basis, it is found to raise the bone density and enhance bone health in kids

Eases respiratory problems
In case you suffer from a sore throat, cough or congestion, drink a cup of drumstick soup. The anti-inflammatory properties of drumsticks help in relieving a wide range of respiratory complications by flushing out your toxic load. It acts as an effective natural remedy to fight against lung diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, and tuberculosis.

DISCLAIMER: All of the these are only general guidelines We always recommend consulting your medical practitioner depending upon the intensity of the case and taking a considered medical opinion.