Herbs

Health Benefits Of Curry Leaves

These leaves are used as natural flavouring agents due to their numerous health benefits. They are used in making your food tasty and healthy. Curry leaves have potent antioxidant properties which have a strong ability to control diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems including peptic ulcers, excessive secretion of acids, indigestion, and dysentery. They are also used in maintaining a healthy cholesterol balance in the body. Additionally, these leaves are known for their potent cancer-fighting properties which are very helpful in protecting the liver.

These leaves are obtained from the curry plant whose botanical name is Murraya koenigii. The origin of this tree can be traced back to India. It is currently grown in most of the subtropical and tropical regions. In addition to the leaves the leaves, the bark, and roots can also be used for medical purposes.

Nutritional value

This plant is rich in nutrients and minerals such as fiber, calcium, iron, phosphorus, copper, magnesium as well as energy. It is also rich in essential vitamins such as vitamin, vitamin E, Vitamin B, nicotinic acid, antioxidants, amino acids, flavonoids, glycosides and plant sterols. These leaves are also rich in chemical constituents including carbazole alkaloids. The following are some of the health benefits associated with curry leaves

Stopping diarrhoea


Research has proven that curry leaves processes anti-diarrhoea properties. These leaves have also been experimented with rats in the lab and proven toΒ be very effective in controlling castor oil-induced diarrhoea. To control diarrhoea, you should grind up these leaves and then consume the paste or juice obtained.

 

Anti-oxidant properties

These leaves are rich in essential antioxidants. Additionally, they are rich in vitamins A, B, and C, all of which help in minimizing the effect of oxidative stress and the damage caused by the free radicals. You can add these leaves to your vegetable soups and stews. These leaves can also be dried and the ground to produce a powder.

Good for eye health

Curry leaves are rich in vitamin C which is required for good eyesight. This vitamin is known for containing high amounts of carotenoids which help in protecting the cornea which is located at the surface of your eye. Deficiency of vitamin A can lead to loss of vision and night blindness.

 

Fighting cancer

The various chemical constituents obtained from curry leaves are used in fighting cancers. They have been proven to be effective in fighting colorectal, prostate and leukemia cancers. Other useful chemicals which are helpful in fighting cancer are carbazole alkaloids which are also extracted from curry leaves.

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