Weight loss and 6 other health benefits of kadi patta that will make your jaw drop

Updated on:17 November 2019, 21:54pm IST
Found in almost every kitchen garden in India, the humble kadi patta or curry leaf adds wholesome taste to many delicacies. But did you know that is also bursting with a plethora of health benefits?
Sonakshi Kohli
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From tickling your taste buds to tackling your weight, curry leaves do it all. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Nine out of 10 millennials will agree that there grows a kadi patta plant in their parents’ garden. Often used to season sambhar, poha, kadhi, and other such delicacies–kadi patta or curry leaves are also packed with a ton of health benefits.

Here are a few that will take you by surprise:

1. Curry leaves aid digestion

Ayurveda considers curry leaves to be the holy grail of treating gastrointestinal issues—thanks to its laxative properties which promote digestion. You can either grind a bunch of kadi patta with lemon juice and gulp the concoction down on an empty stomach or add ground leaves to a glass of lassi.

2. It can keep infections at bay

Curry leaves contain a compound called carbazole alkaloids, which are known for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

3. They can make your heart healthier

A study published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition concluded that curry leaves have the potential to reduce LDL or bad cholesterol, and you all know how keeping cholesterol in check can promote a healthy heart, right?

4. The can keep your blood sugar levels in check too

The same study also found that curry leaves have the ability to lower blood sugar levels by positively affecting insulin activity in the body. So, top up all your meals with curry leaves.

5. Consider your liver protected too

The same carbazole alkaloids that keep infections at bay also protect the liver against any bacterial attacks.

6. They protect your vision too

Curry leaves are packed with the goodness of vitamin A, which contains carotenoids. These chemicals protect the cornea and the eye surface and prevent weakness or loss of vision.

7. They can help you lose weight

Curry leaves are a powerhouse of antioxidants that are known to rid the body of toxic substances and accumulated fat. This, in turn, can help you lose weight and boost your overall health too. Win, win, we say.

Sonakshi Kohli Sonakshi Kohli

Twenty kilos down and struggling to maintain the weight loss by preaching healthy eating, while eating unhealthy every now and then.