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14 Amazing Health Benefits of Curry Leaves!

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Written by Dr Prachi Garg
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Curry leaves ( Murraya  koenigii ) or Sweet Neem Leaves are extensively used in India for culinary and medicinal purposes. They are small green leaves with a unique flavour and aroma. They are widely used as a seasoning in South Indian dishes like sambhar, rasam, chutney etc.

Nutritional Value of Curry Leaves:

100 grams of Curry leaves provide around 108 calories of energy. They are rich in carbohydrates, proteins, fibre, calcium, phosphorus, iron and other minerals. They also contain vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E etc.

Health Benefits of Curry Leaves:

  1. Powerful Antioxidant:

Curry leaves are rich in plant compounds which are powerful antioxidants. [1] These compounds keep us healthy and protect us from numerous diseases.

They protect us from oxidative damage, preventing diseases of the nervous system, cardiovascular system, kidneys etc. [2]

  1. May Reduce the Risk of Cancer:

Curry leaves have anti-mutagenic potential. [3] They protect our body from different types of cancers.

Flavonoids in Curry leaves act as anti-cancer agents. [4] They are effective in inhibiting the growth of breast cancer cells.

Curry leaves also protect the body from colon cancers. [5] Curry leaves are also beneficial in protecting our body from cervical cancer. [6]

  1. Reduces Risk of Heart Diseases:

Curry leaves protect our heart by preventing oxidative damage. [7] Consumption of Curry leaves also decreases the cholesterol levels. [8] It also reduces the level of triglycerides. [9]

Reduction in risk factors thus helps in protecting us from heart diseases.

  1. Helpful for Diabetics:

Consumption of Curry leaves helps in the management of diabetes and its related complications. [10] Curry leaves were found to be highly effective in reducing the blood glucose levels. [11]

Curry leaves are rich in fibre which slows down digestion, thus preventing sudden spikes in blood sugar levels in our blood. They also boost the activity of insulin, further helping patients with diabetes.

Also Read: 10 Best Foods for Diabetes

  1. Analgesic:

Curry leaves were found to be useful in relieving pain and used traditionally as an analgesic (pain reliever). [12]

  1. Neuroprotective Effects:

Consumption of Curry leaves was found to increase the antioxidants that protect our brain.

They were also found to be useful in Alzheimer’s disease by protecting the neurons from oxidative damage. [13]

Curry leaves are also found to be beneficial in amnesia (memory loss), commonly found in the elderly due to ageing. [14]

Read More: 5 Foods That Are Good For The Brain

  1. Kills Bacteria:

Curry leaves are antibacterial. They are effective in preventing bacterial infections by   E.coli and Staphylococcus. [15]

  1. Hepatoprotective Effects:

Curry leaves are powerful antioxidants and protect our liver from damage caused due to oxidative stress. [16]

They also protect our liver from infections and reduce inflammation.

Curry leaves are found to be effective in the treatment of liver cirrhosis.

  1. Excellent for our Hair:

Curry leaves when boiled with coconut oil makes an excellent hair tonic which prevents greying and stimulates hair growth. [17]

They strengthen our hair and prevent hair loss. They are also helpful in preventing dandruff and dry scalp.

  1. Treatment of Anaemia:

Curry leaves are rich in iron and folic acid which is important in improving iron levels in the body. [18]

This immensely helps patients suffering from Anaemia.

  1. Good for Our Eyes:

Curry leaves are rich in vitamin A and therefore beneficial for our eyes. [19]

They help in maintaining good eyesight and prevent the development of cataract.

Read More: How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy?

  1. Good for Our Skin:

Curry leaves are helpful in soothing mild burns, bruises and eruptions on the skin. [20] They also protect our skin from infections.

Therefore Curry leaves are also a constituent of some soaps.

  1. Good for Oral Health:

Curry leaves create an environment in our mouth which prevents the development of bacteria. [21]

They thus help in maintaining oral health and preventing oral diseases.

  1. Helps in Weight Loss:

Alkaloids in Curry leaves help in maintaining cholesterol levels in our body.

Curry leaves also act as a detoxifying agent,   removing toxins from our body and preventing the accumulation of fat. This helps in weight loss.

Ideal Dosage of Curry leaves:

  • 8 to 10 fresh Curry leaves per day
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of Curry leaf powder per day
  • 1 to 2 Curry leaves capsules per day

Curry Leaves Are Also Known As:

  • Meetha neem
  • Kadi patta
  • Kadhi limbdo
  • Kadhi limbu
  • Girinimba
  • Krishnanimba
  • Karuveppilai
  • Karapincha
  • Curry vepillai
  • Kari bevu
  • Karivepaku

Also Read: 16 Health Benefits of Moringa Leaves

 

 

About the author

Dr Prachi Garg

A Gold Medallist Physiotherapist from the Maharashtra University
of Health Sciences (MUHS), and also a qualified Dietician who later
went on to establish the “Mera Health Genie Wellness, India” in 2009
with a vision to offer the best remedies possible through the medium
of alternative medicines.
Effectively used Physiotherapy, Diet and Nutrition, Yoga, and
Acupressure to help numerous people recover from an injury or
manage a long term problem, achieving fitness goals, managing
weight and well being.

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