Nutritional And Health Benefits Of Curry Leaves Or Curry Patta

The leaves of the plant are used
The leaves of the plant are used | Source

About Curry Tree And Curry Leaves

Latin Name : Murraya koenigii

In India, curry leaves are called curry patta or mitha neem (sweet neem). It is also known as Indian bay.

They are also called cure leaf and rightly so. Have a look at the health benefits curry leaves provide.

The curry tree is native to India and Sri Lanka. It is a small tree about 10 to 20 feet tall whose leaves are very aromatic because of the abundance of aromatic oils. Holding the leaves is bound to leave your fingers smelling of its heavenly aroma for a while.

The species was named after the Botanist Johann Konig, who had the genus Konegia named after him, by the father of modern taxonomy, Carl Linnaeus.

Curry leaves are widely used in Indian cooking but very much so in daily cooking in South India.

Mature and fresh leaves are used as dry leaves lose almost all of their flavor and aroma. They are used in making curries and various other dishes, and also for flavoring chutneys.

Paradoxically, the curry powder that is available in the market does not have curry leaves in it at all.

Curry leaves are also used in Ayurvedic and Unani medicine.

Curry leaves are also used to make torans (garlands) and can replace Tulsi (a sacred plant in India) leaves in rituals and worship.

The oil produced by steam distillation of the curry leaves is used in soap production. The wood of the curry tree is durable and is used to make agricultural implements.

The curry tree is propagated by seeds as well as by root suckers, though with little success.

Curry Leaves

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Curry Leaves Nutrition

The fresh leaves are rich in several essential oils with a predominance of sesquiterpene hydrocarbons in the plant leaves obtained from South India while the monoterpenes abound in the leaves of the plants from North India.

The leaves are rich in Vitamin A, iron and calcium.

The nutrients contained in the leaf are:

  • Water ............................................................................66.3%
  • Protein ............................................................................6.1%
  • Fat ..................................................................................1%
  • Carbohydrates ..............................................................18.7%
  • Fiber ...............................................................................4,2%
  • Calcium .......................................................................830 mg/100 grams
  • Vitamin A (carotene)...............................................12,600 IU/100 grams
  • Phosphorus ..................................................................57 mg/100 grams
  • Iron .................................................................................7 mg/100 grams
  • Nicotinic acid ..................................................................2.3 mg/100 grams
  • Vitamin C .......................................................................4 mg/100 grams

Health Benefits Of Curry Leaves

Curry leaves have anti diabetic, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti inflammatory, hepatoprotective, anti hypercholesterolemic, etc properties.

  • Due to their antioxidant properties, curry leaves significantly benefits in exposure to cadmium whether occupational or environmental.
  • The anti inflammatory properties benefit in reducing pain whenever and wherever inflammation is present like joint pains for inflammations.
  • Curry leaves reduce total cholesterol and triglyceride levels thereby also helping to prevent obesity.
  • They also prevent oxidative stress and related loss of cholinergic cells in the central nervous system by improving the values of protective antioxidants and reduce lipid peroxidation.
    These result in neuroprotection against neuro diseases like Alzheimer's.
  • Curry leaves also improve cognitive functions as well as they reverse amnesia induced by certain drugs, thus benefiting in dementia as well.
  • They reduce serum urea and creatinine levels and regenerates kidney tissue.
  • Curry leaves exhibit anti cancer activity.
  • The leaves aid in the management of type 2 diabetes by reducing sugar levels. Chew 8 to 10 leaves every morning on empty stomach for 3 to 4 months.
  • They help to purify the blood and restore degenerated blood cells. It is reported that blood disorders and even leucoderma have been controlled.
  • The leaves have anthelmintic and analgesic action.
  • Decocotion of the leaves helps in dropsy.
  • The crushed leaves can be applied to cuts and bruises to aid healing.
  • They tone up the pancreas and spleen, strengthens the liver and helps in the metabolism of fats.
  • Curry leaves improve eyesight, and are prevent cataract.
  • Regular consumption of curry leaves delays greying of hair and keeps hair healthy. For premature hair, add a handful of leaves to 200 ml of coconut oil and boil for 20 minutes. Use this oil as a hair tonic to massage the scalp.
  • They stimulate the digestive enzymes, improve appetite and aid in digesting food.
  • The leaves relieve nausea, heartburn and indigestion. Mix juice 2 tbsp of juice of curry leaves with juice of lime and consume.
  • Curry leaves control diarrhea and dysentery, stomachache. chew some leaves for relief.
  • The consumption of the leaves help to get a clear healthy skin.
  • Chewing of some curry leaves daily reduces weight.

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Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

References

www.kew.org/plant-cultures/plants/curry_leaf_landing.html
http://gernot-katzers-spice-pages.com/engl/Murr_koe.html
http://www.tarladalal.com/glossary-curry-leaves-388i
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/4254709?uid=3738256&uid=2134&uid=378688243&uid=2&uid=70&uid=3&uid=378688233&uid=60&sid=21101758105343
http://www.jmnn.org/article.asp?issn=2278-019X;year=2012;volume=1;issue=2;spage=92;epage=97;aulast=Bhandari

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Well, Rajan, I know I like the taste of curry, so I'm very happy that it is so good for us. Thank you once again for a great description of the benefits of this food. Well done!


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

Where does one get curry leaves. We have curry almost everyday. I use it for many dishes and aware of health benefits. This sounds great as always. Thanks for doing all the great research.. voting up and sharing.


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younghopes 3 years ago from India

interesting hub, first time got to know that these curry leaves are so much beneficial, i have the plant in my own house and use it occasionally for frying daal.


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dghbrh 3 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Wow...so many benefits from curry leaves here .....many thanks for sharing such an informative hub here. The benefits about cancer, obesity, diabetes, clear skin was not known earlier. I always admire your health related food hubs here, Rajan. The comprehensive way of presentation is another attraction for sure. Votes all up an shared across. Twitted also. God bless you and keep up the good work.


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old albion 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi rajan. First class as usual. My wife keeps telling me of the benefits of Beetroot juice. Have you published a hub on it? perhaps I have missed it if you have. What do you think about it? Thank you .

Graham.


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anglnwu 3 years ago

I use curry leaves all the time. It's rather expensive here but whenever, I go to the Asian market, I buy a bunch. I love the aroma and flavor it imparts to the food. Now, that I know it has so many health benefits, I'm doubly happy that I like it. Rated up. Awesome.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Well, rajan jolly, as usual I learned so much. I have only used curry powder so was totally unaware of curry leaves. They are so good for us who would not want them in their diet. I do not know if we can find them in our stores.

The curry leaf chicken dish sounds like something I will need to try.

thanks for sharing

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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Bill - thanks for the read and support, my friend.

@ Carol - you should be able to get it in the Indian or Asian market, I believe. Thanks for the vote and sharing.

@ Shadaan - well, I hope you use it more often since you have it growing at home. Thanks fro coming by.

@ Deergha - glad to provide you some new info. I appreciate your visit, comments and sharing. Thanks.

@ Graham - I have a hub on Beetroot which you may read. Thanks for visiting.

@ anglwu - good to know you use it and like it now. Thanks for stopping by.

@ Patricia - It should be available at the Asian or Indian market. And yes it is different from the curry powder that is available in stores which hardly has any of it. Thanks for stopping by.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Well Rajan, it´s always a pleasure to read your hubs because I learned so much from you. As always, it´s a very informative hub. Well done. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared;-)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

The aroma of the curry leaves is just so breathtaking, and so many helpful benefits, unfortunately I don't have any in Croatia. I miss using curry leaves. Voted up!


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Thanks for sharing this informative hub. Haven't used curry leaves but I do use a lot of curry powder in my cooking. Great videos and passing this on.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Thelma - Thanks for the kind words and the visit, vote and sharing.

@ Devika - I can understand how you must feel. Thanks for stopping by.

@ Rasma - I appreciate your visit and sharing. Thanks.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

we don't have this kind of plant Rajan..good to know something new..it looks lovely.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Mycee. Good to know this hub provided some new info to you. Good to see you.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I like curry, my cousin made a curry chicken recipe and it was so good. Voted up on your hub.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks for the visit and vote, moonlake. Good to know you liked the curry chicken.


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

Is this the primary ingredient in Indian curry because this is the first I've heard of this ingredient? Or can Indian curry just a generic term for sauce and can be made with different spices? Voting this Up and Interesting.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

No, certainly not, Aurelio! Curry leaf is not meant to make curry. It is a leaf that can be added to any food or dish to increase its flavor and taste. Thanks for the interest.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Sounds like fresh curry leaves are something we should all be eating. Lots of good information here as always. Now I must go in search of fresh curry leaves . . . seriously.

Voted up, useful, and will share -- and gave you 5 more stars.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Au fait. We use this a lot in our cuisine. I do hope you manage to find them.


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ARUN KANTI 3 years ago from KOLKATA

We use the leaves regularly in our kitchen to make a dish flavoursome and tasty.Thanks for the interesting write up.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Arun. It is good to learn you use curry patta regularly. Thanks for reading and supporting.


roheena arshad 2 years ago

I also love to kniw about herbs benefits I recently buy a plant of curry leaves and now use it inshallah.

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