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Kadi patta or curry leaves are known for its pleasant aroma and unique taste but they are also packed with several health benefits. Curry leaves are good sources of Vitamins (A, B, C and B2), iron and calcium. This popular seasoning ingredient has antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. Studies also suggest that curry leaves are anti-diabetic and anti-carcinogenic. From weight loss and improving eyesight to preventing greying of the hair, the health benefits of curry leaves are infinite. These leaves are also used to treat calcium deficiency and for maintaining good oral health.
Curry leaves contain many compounds which function as antioxidants including linalool, alpha-terpinene, myrcene, mahanimbine, caryophyllene, murrayanol, and alpha-pinene. By reducing oxidative stress and scavenging free radicals, antioxidants help keep our body healthy and free from disease.
For those who are on a weight loss journey, adding curry leaves to their diet could be a good idea. The presence of carbazole alkaloids in curry leaves is attributed to this benefit.
Growing evidence also suggests that consuming curry leaves can benefit heart health and reduce risk factors for developing heart disease like high cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
What's more, some test-tube or animal research have demonstrated that curry leaves contain compounds that have the potential to fight certain cancer cells.
Curry leaves are a versatile ingredient used in a variety of traditional Indian recipes. One can also add curry leaves to chutneys, sauces, and baked good recipes like breads and crackers. Watch the video above to learn more about the health benefits of curry leaves and how to include it in your diet plan.