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Amazing Health Benefits of Curry Leaves (Kadipatta)

Indian kitchens use curry leaves in a lot of their cooking, particularly for tempering food. Most of the times, however, we tend to pick them out of our food while eating not realizing that these simple looking leaves, are in reality, extremely rich in iron content and possess many health benefits.

 

 

Let’s take a look at its properties and many benefits:

  • Curry leaves are very high on vitamin A, vitamin C, Phosphorous and Calcium. They help in improving eyesight and strengthen our bones, teeth and nails.
  • With a very high iron content, they help prevent iron deficiency.
  • They contain Folic Acid which is responsible for ensuring the proper production of RBC’s and preventing folic acid deficiency anemia.
  • Curry Leaves are a good source of dietary fiber and assist in easy passing of stool.
  • Niacinu, found in curry leaves, is needed for the proper functioning of the adrenal glands.
  • Kadipatta has been found to be extremely effective in treating premature greying of hair, dandruff and hairfall.
  • Ulcers caused due to excessive acid secretion in the stomach, diarrhoea , nausea, vomiting and other such problems that can be reversed by the use of curry leaves.
  • The leaves tend to excite the taste buds.
  • Beta-carotene, found in curry leaves, prevents night blindness and also helps increase immunity.
  • The leaves improve pancreatic health and insulin production. So if you are diabetic, make curry leaves a regular part of your diet.
  • They also help to balance hormones. Women with PCOD and thyroid patients can benefit significantly by using these leaves in their daily diet.
  • They are a good source of lutein which prevents arterial clogging, improves overall immune function and protects the eyes from infection.
  • In the first trimester of pregnancy, curry leaves help reduce the discomfort associated with morning sickness.
  • They also aid in weight loss by preventing the excessive deposition of fat in the body.

Apart from these, curry leaves help reduce cholesterol levels, improve lipid profile and overall immune function and protect the eyes from infection.

How to use Curry Leaves

Use fresh curry leaves whenever possible. The plant is sturdy and does not need much care…so grow one in your kitchen window sill or balcony. Alternatively you can dry the leaves and powder them.

Store the powdered leaves in an airtight container and use them in your juices, smoothies, spiced buttermilk, chutneys, dals, sambhars, rasams .

 

 

Health Tip Using Curry Leaves

Boil 10 curry leaves and a pinch of turmeric powder in 200 ml of milk and drink this to get relief from heat rash that occurs in summer.

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