Amazing Health Benefits Of Curry Leaves (Kadi Patta)
Curry leaves are commonly added to most Indian dishes. It is one of the most used seasoning ingredients. However, most people just remove the leaves from their foods and it lands in the bin. Curry leaves are meant to be eaten as they have a lot of health benefits to offer.
Wards off anemia
Curry leaves are rich in iron as well as folic acid. Anemia is not only linked to lack of iron but also to the body’s inability to absorb iron from food and use it. It is here where folic acid comes to play. Folic acid is responsible for absorption of iron in the body. As curry leaves have both iron and folic acid it seems like a good bet to beat anemia.
Protects the liver
If you happen to be consuming too much of alcohol or indulge in activities that harm the liver, you should be eating curry leaves. According to one study, curry leaves are known to protect the liver from harmful toxins and oxidative stress. It has a powerful antioxidant called Kaempferol. The antioxidative property of curry leaves when combined with vitamin A and C has a protective impact on the liver along with stimulating it to work in a more efficient manner.
Helps maintain blood sugar levels
Curry leaves are known to lower the levels of blood sugar by having a positive effect on the insulin activity. Moreover, the fibre present in the leaves plays a significant role in controlling the levels of blood sugar. Curry leaves also help in weight loss as they improve digestion and change the way in which the body absorbs fat. Good for people who are obese or are diabetics.
Prevents heart disease
Curry leaves are capable of lowering the levels of blood cholesterol. Curry leaves prevent cholesterol oxidation and is loaded with antioxidants. The good cholesterol (HDL) gets increased and protects from heart disease.
Curry leaves work well in fighting against indigestion. When you happen to eat them, they help in the process of digestion and also in proper removal of waste. Ayurveda says that curry leaves are a mild laxative and they help the stomach get rid of unwanted waste and balances the pitta in the body.
Provides relief from diarrhea
In spite of being a mild laxative, curry leaves are a good remedy for diarrhea. The leaves have an alkaloid that possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help provide relief to an upset stomach.
The side effects of chemotherapy are reduced
A study has shown that curry leaves can protect the body from the side effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. It protects the cells from damage and stops the production of free radicals in the body. In the same study it has been mentioned that it can protect the body from cancer.
Helps treat skin infections
Curry leaves have potent antioxidant properties along with powerful anti-bacterial and antifungal properties. This makes it a great remedy for treating skin infections and fungal infections of the nail.
Speeds up hair growth
Curry leaves have been known to prevent the greying of hair as it has lots of nutrients. It also adds bounce to limp hair, treats dandruff, strengthens thin hair. You can either apply it onto your scalp or eat the leaves.
I am sure that you would eat the leaves after knowing the amazing health benefits of curry leaves!
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