Curry leaves are very rich in essential nutrients. The important nutrients initiate in curry leaves are copper, minerals, calcium, phosphorous, fiber, carbohydrates, energy, magnesium and iron. It also contains many types of vitamins like vitamin A, B, C and E and amino acids.
Health Benefits of Curry Leaves
Most people think that curry leaves just add flavor to the food and they just throw the leaves away while eating their food. However, they are far more important than many people realize, and they offer a number of health benefits without any side effects. If you read this full article you will never ever throw out a curry leaf from your dishes. And you will consume it regularly.
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Helps keep anaemia at Bay
Curry leaves are a rich source of iron and folic acid. Folic acid is mainly responsible for carrying and helping the body absorb iron, and since kadi patta / curry leaves is a rich source of both the compounds it is your one-stop natural remedy to beat anaemia. Women are usually anaemic 6 out of 10 are mostly anaemic by nature. To cure your anaemic problem include more fresh curry leaves in your diet. Pregnant women must eat curry leaves as it is rich in folic acid. The tablet which your doctor would prescribe during your pregnancy.
How to include in your diet?
Prepare a tea with Curry leaves by adding two branches of leaves into a two glass water boil it till it reduced to half. Let it comes down to room temperature. Squeeze half a lemon when it is Luke warm and enjoy the drink in the early morning. This will even reduce you pregnancy nausea and keeps you active.
Fresh curry leaves have anti-diarrheal properties. A bunch of curry leaves can be ground up and the paste can be eaten or the juice of the leaves can be consumed. My mom says to have buttermilk and it cures diarrhea. It is good to blend some curry leaves along with the buttermilk to get immediate relief. Buttermilk contain good bacteria which you would have lost from diarrhea.
Use of curry leaves is recommended as a cure for gastrointestinal issues in Ayurveda. One important use is due to the fact that they are considered to possess mild laxative properties. You can make juice out of a bunch of curry leaves and add lime juice, and consume the mixture to cure indigestion. A paste made from the leaves can also be added to buttermilk and taken every morning on an empty stomach to serve the same function.
Encourages Weight Loss
Curry leaves help reduce total body fat, thus, helping you shed some pounds.This is good news for those trying to shave off a few layers of fat from their bodies.Munch on dried curry leaves as snacks or add fresh or dried leaves to your meals. They are a must in green salads. Regularly eating these leaves along with a balanced diet and exercise may help you reach your weight loss goals sooner. Eating on empty stomach is more beneficial. You can also blend few Curry leaves along with curd and water have it as buttermilk during summer. You will notice major change in your body.
The presence of various vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin E help in reducing oxidative stress and free radical scavenging activity. They are also available in dried powder form. Antioxidants are good to build up new cells and purifies our blood.
Perhaps one of the biggest health benefits of curry leaves is its use in diabetes control. The anti-hyperglycemic properties of the leaves were beneficial in controlling blood glucose level in diabetic patients. One can consume 10 – 15 Curry leaves daily on empty stomach to get immediate results.
The chemical constituents found in curry leaves such as phenols are helpful in fighting cancers such as leukemia, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancers. Research on these leaves at the Department of MedicalChemistry at the Mejio University, Japan showed evidence of cancer-fighting properties in the carbazole alkaloids extracts from curry leaves.
Lower Cholesterol Levels
Curry leaves are also known to reduce LDL or bad cholesterol levels. Studies conducted at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Kerala, India have shown that they have the potential to reduce LDL cholesterol levels. LDL cholesterol is the bad cholesterol in our body and this has to be get reduced.
How to include in your diet?
Have the concoction prepared from curry leaves after 1 hour every meal. Just boil curry leaves in water once it comes to room temperature add lime or honey and have it warm.
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Curry leaves are believed to help in strengthening hair roots. Dry curry leaf powder mixed with oil can be applied to your hair. The paste from curry leaves can also be applied in cases of gray hair. Doing these on a regular basis can improve hair growth as well. I have prepared an oil with Curry leaves and I use regularly to get thick hair. Jus boil fresh and pure Coconut oil and switch off, add as much of curry leaves to the oil. Leave it overnight and the other day strain the oil and store it in a container. Use this oil regularly you will get a thick, black and shiny hair. This also prevents greying of hair.
Good for Eyesight
Curry leaves contain high amounts of vitamin A and therefore is good for eyesight. Vitamin A contains carotenoids which protect the cornea, the eye surface. Deficiency of vitamin A may cause night blindness, cloud formations in front of the eye and even loss of vision in some cases.
How to include in diet?
Blend curry leaves with carrots prepare a juice strain and have this in empty stomach. Both carrots and curry leaves cures away all problems related to eyesight.
Radioprotective and Chemo-protective
Studies on the extracts of curry leaves have shown positive results in reducing the effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. They also offer protection against chromosomal damage, protection of bonemarrow, and prevention of free radicals becoming active in the body.
Protect Against Pathogen Attack
Research on curry leaves has revealed that they are also effective in fighting bacterial and fungal infections. The leaf extracts from the plant have been comparable to popular mainstream antibiotic drugs.
Protect the Liver
Your liver plays a major role in the digestive process and it needs to be protected from any attack by free radicals, as well as from viral and bacterial attacks that can result in infection. Research on curry leaves has indicated that the tannins and carbazole alkaloids present in the leaves exhibited good hepato-protective properties. They are also helpful in protecting the liver from various diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Curry leaves are also helpful in skin care. The juice or paste of the leaves can be applied to burns, cuts, bruises, skin irritations, and insect bites for a quick recovery and clean healing.
How to include as a face pack?
1.Add Curry leaves juice to multani mitti mix well and apply on a clean face leave it half an hour and wash it off.
2. Make curry leaves paste add it with curd and apply as a pack.
3. Add Curry leaves juice to besan flour with little turmeric powder and massage gently on face leave it for half an hour and wash it off with Luke warm water.
Prevents greying of hair
Kadi patta has always been known to help in preventing greying of the hair. It is also very effective in treating damaged hair, adding bounce to limp hair, strengthening the shaft of thin hair, hair fall and treats dandruff. The best part about this benefit is that you can either choose to eat the curry leaves to help with your hair woes or apply it to your scalp as a remedy.
Ways to include Curry leaves in your daily diet
Munch few Curry leaves on empty stomach
Have with buttermilk
Curry leaves powder rice – https://goo.gl/vk9e8K
Curry leaves chutney
Curry leaves pulao.
Curry leaves juice etc