Curry leaves, the free giveaway with vegetables, is actually invaluable

by Sanjeev Kapoor

Curry leaves a.k.a kadi patta is a tree native to India, the leaves of which are used for both culinary and medicinal purposes. They are highly aromatic and possess a unique flavour. Can you imagine our beloved South Indian dishes to be without having a touch of this? Besides being a versatile culinary herb, it offers abundant health benefits. These leaves have been used from centuries for their medicinal properties. 


So, without any delay, I’ll take you on an interesting journey of how indispensable curry leaves really are. Check it out. 

  1. Lose weight

Curry leaves seem to be a simple ingredient but its magical powers may help in doing the trick. These leaves contribute benefits in 2 ways, one of which is weight loss and the other helps the body to get rid of toxins. 


  1. Good riddance to free radicals! 

Curry leaves being loaded with antioxidants help in protecting the body cells from free radical damage. As free radicals present in the body lead to various health ailments.


  1. Lower cholesterol levels

Curry leaves are rich in antioxidants, which has the capability to reduce the oxidation of cholesterol. In this manner, bad cholesterol levels get controlled and become low.


  1. Treat diarrhoea naturally

It has anti-diarrheal properties due to the presence of carbazole alkaloids. So, next time someone suffers from this, you can always help them out by suggesting them a daily intake of curry leaves. 


  1. Heal wounds

As per studies, it was discovered that the application of curry leaf extract can help heal wounds. This remedy can also be used to treat itchy skin, minor burns and boils.  


  1. Relieve morning sickness

Morning sickness refers to a nauseous feeling after you wake up in the morning. If you are going through the same, look no further and adopt this natural remedy to reduce the symptoms. As consumption of curry leaves triggers the secretion of digestive enzymes, which eases the body from nausea, vomiting and morning sickness.


  1. Reduce stress with this natural healer

With the hectic and stressful lifestyle, it’s very important to keep stress at bay. However, with work pressure, home chores, etc., it is quite difficult to deal with so many things at one time. If ignored, stress can lead to major health issues. So, under such circumstances, curry leaves may help you control the stress to a certain extent. The aroma of these leaves aid in relieving stress symptoms, thereby calming the mind and body.


  1. Exhausted with congestion? Not anymore!

Curry leaves are packed with the goodness of Vitamin A and C, along with the presence of antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. This curb the symptoms of congestion, sinusitis, cough and cold.


  1. Eye care, on point! 

Vitamin A is essential for maintaining eyes’ health. Curry leaves come as a nature’s gift loaded with this vitamin type. Incorporating it in your daily diet will ensure that your eyesight is well taken care of.


Now, that you know the health benefits of curry leaves, I’m sure you’ll look beyond taste and aromatic factors of these humble leaves, and endeavour to add more of them in your food. 


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.