Monday, July 20, 2015

Reasons you should eat kadi patta

Reasons you should eat kadi patta rather than throwing it away! 

Curry leaves, known as kadi patta in Hindi, is one of the common seasoning ingredients that is added to almost every dish to enhance its taste and flavour. However, rather than eating this humble leaf, which is slightly bitter in taste, most of us throw it away. But have you ever wondered why did our mothers, even our ancestors, used to add this leaf to every food preparation? 
Well, it is because kadi patta is packed with numerous nutrients that are actually good for humans. Right from helping our heart to function in a better way to enlivening our hair and skin with vitality, it is loaded with health benefits. Here are some of them.

Helps keep anaemia at bay
Kadi patta or curry leaves are a rich source of iron and folic acid. Interestingly, anaemia is not only about the lack of iron in your body but also about the body’s inability to absorb iron and use it. This is where folic acid comes into play. Folic acid is mainly responsible for iron absorption and since kadi patta is a rich source of both the compounds it is our one-stop natural remedy 
to beat anaemia.
Tip: If you suffer from anaemia, eat one date (khajoor) with two kadipatta leaves on an empty stomach every morning.
Protects your liver from damage
If you are a heavy drinker, eat a lot of fish or indulge in other activities that could be damaging your liver, then you must eat curry leaves. This is because, according to a study published in AsianJournal ofPharmaceutical and Clinical Research, curry leaves would protect our liver from oxidative stress and harmful toxins that build-up in your body due to the presence of kaempferol, a potent antioxidant. The highly effective anti-oxidative property when combined with vitamin A and C not only protects the liver but also stimulates the organ to work more efficiently. 
Tip: Heat one spoon of homemade melted butter (ghee), add the juice of a cup of kadi patta, some sugar and freshly powdered black pepper (kalimirch). Heat this mixture slightly and not overheat it, as Kaempferol boils at a very low temperature.
Maintains blood sugar levels
urry leaves lower your blood sugar levels by affecting the insulinactivity. Apart from this, the presence of fiber in the leaves plays a significant role in controlling your blood sugar levels. Additionally, kadipatta is known to improve digestion and alter the way our body absorbs fat, thereby helping you lose weight. This is particularly of significance for people who are obese and suffer from diabetes.
Tip: To help keep your blood sugars under check, you should ideally add kadi patta to all your meals. Alternatively, consuming fresh curry leaves on an empty stomach every day might do the 
trick as well.
Protects you from heart disease
Did you know that curry leaves have properties that can help in loweringone’s blood cholesterol level 
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urry leaves prevent the oxidation ofcholesterol as it is packed with antioxidants. This in turn increases the amount of good cholesterol (HDL) and protects you from heart disease and atherosclerosis.
Helps with digestion
Curry leaves are known to be carminative in nature and thus, is highly effective against indigestion. Once ingested, it helps in the digestion process along with aiding in excretion. In Ayurveda, it is believed that kadi patta has mild laxative properties that not only help the stomach get rid of unwanted waste and ‘ama’ or toxic waste and balances out the pitta levels in the body. Do you have digestion problem? Avoid these difficult to digest foods.

Relieves the symptoms of diarrhoea
Even though curry leaves have mild laxative properties, it is a great remedy for diarrhea. This is because kadi patta contains carbazole alkaloid thatposses anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which in turn help in combating an upset stomach. Apart from that, curry leaves are also known to balance out all the three doshas in the body and reduce the amount of pitta in the stomach, a side effect of diarrhea according to Ayurveda.
Tip: If you suffer from diarrhea gently crush some kaddi patta into a ball, the size of a berry, and drink it with some buttermilk. 
Do this twice or thrice a day for relief.
Can reduce the side effects of chemotherapy
According to a study, curry leaves have the amazing ability to protect the body from the ill effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It not only protects the chromosomes from damage but also protects the bone marrow and halts the production of free radicals in the body. The study also suggested that this astonishing ability of the leaf could also indicate an ability to protect the body from cancer
Reduces congestion in the chest and nose
If you suffer from a wet cough, sinusitis or chest congestion, kadi patta is a very effective home remedy to relieve the symptoms. Packed with vitamin C, A and compounds such as kaempferol that is a very potent anti-inflammatory, decongestant and antioxidative agent, curry leaves can help loosen up and release congested mucous. 
Tip: To relieve congestion, take a spoon of powdered curry leaves and add a spoon of honey to it. Make it a paste and eat this solution twice a day.
Treats and prevents skin infections
Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? But it is true. Kadi patta contains very strong antioxidant properties in addition to powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti 
protozoal properties. This makes it a great home remedy to deal with common skin infections like acne and fungal infections of the nail that are often difficult to treat.
Accelerates hair growth
Kadi patta has always been known to prevent graying of the hair due to the presence of various nutrients in the body. But it also very effective in treating damaged hair, adding bounce to limp hair, strengthening the shaft of thin hair, hair falling off and treats dandruff. The best part about this benefit is that you can either choose to eat the curry leaves to help with your hair woes or 
apply it to your scalp as a remedy.
Tip: To help strengthen your hair and fight dandruff, add the juice of kadipatta, to 100 ml of coconut oil. Heat this oil till it turns blackish and apply it to your scalp regularly.
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