Curry leaves (better known as kadhi patta) is an indispensable part of Indian food culture. From sambar to chaas and kadhi - this aromatic herb is extensively used in variety of recipes from across the country. Majorly used in the South Indian cuisine, the strong flavours of curry leaves makes a dish stand out in the lot. That's not all. Curry leaves are known for its health benefits too. Yes, you heard us. Besides the varied usage as a kitchen ingredient, it also has a rich nutrient-profile and benefits our overall health.
Health Benefits Of Curry Leaves:
Curry leaves is a storehouse of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, fibre, copper, iron and several other essential nutrients. These nutrients subsequently often help boost weight loss, diabetes management, promote gut health and more. Another such health benefit of curry leaves is cholesterol management.
How Curry Leaves Help Manage Cholesterol:
Several health experts suggest, risk factors like high cholesterol level may increase heart risks. Adding curry leaves to your diet may help reduce help reduce high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, further lowering the risks of heart issues. According to a study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, "We observed that curry leaf (Murraya koenigii) extract possesses the property to decrease blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels." This experiment was conducted on diabetic mice. The researchers gave the mice daily intraperitoneal injections of curry leaf extract for 10 consecutive days. It was found that the extract significantly decreased blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
How To Include Curry Leaves To Your Daily Diet:
While curry leaves are used to add tadka to dal, sambar, chutney et al, we suggest, add it to lassi, chaas or make chutney with it to enjoy the benefits to the fullest.
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What are you waiting for? Try these kadhi patta recipes today and enjoy its benefits. But always remember, moderation is the key.
Eat healthy, stay fit!
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