Plant-derived substances are of great interest lately. Medicinal plants are rich in bioactive compounds and have been used for centuries in traditional medicine. Today, people are turning to alternative traditional bioactive compounds versus Western medicine to heal themselves.
Curry leaves are used in southern and west-coast Indian cooking, and Sri Lankan. The scientific name of the curry plant is Murraya Koenigii Spreng which is part of the Rutaceae family. The plant is native to India and is usually found in tropical and subtropical regions. It is cultivated in various other countries such as Australia, China, Australia, Ceylon, and Nigeria. The healing benefits of the plant come from the leaves, root and the bark. Curry leaves are rich in Carbazole Alkaloids which are known to help in
Curry Leaves contain carbohydrates, fiber, calcium, phosphorous, irons, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin E.
- Gastrointestinal Protection – Drinking Curry leaves mixed with lime juice every day has been shown to work as a mild laxative.
- Antioxidant – Free radicals and oxidative stress are the bad guys and curry leaves are rich in Vitamins, A, B, C and E which are a great way of protecting yourself.
- Stimulates Hair Growth – Dry Curry leaf powder mixed with oil has been believed to stimulate hair grown by massaging into the roots.
- Lowers cholesterol – Curry Leaves are shown to have potential benefits of lowering the LDL cholesterol in a study conducted.
- Fights Cancer – Curry leaf has phenol in it and studies suggest that high consumption of plant-derived foods have low incidence rates of various cancers.
- Skin Care – Juice from the leaves can be used in aiding bruising, insect bites, burns, and cuts.
- Eye Sight – Curry leaves have Vitamin A which contain carotenoids which are great for protecting the cornea of the eye.
- Liver – The carbazole alkaloids and tannins found in curry leaves play a major role in protection against free radicals, viral and bacterial infections.
- Reduces Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy Side Effects – Side Effects from both of these can be very difficult and research has shown that curry leaves also prevent activity in free radicals, chromosomal damage, and protection of bone marrow.