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.