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Benefits of curry leaves

Ruby Taylor-Newton
Monday, July 05, 2010

An e-mail to the editorial early this week from Shanti Dut reporter Rakesh has caught my attention.

It's on the good old curry leaves by Eating out right health columnist Naini Setalvad.

According to her, you may just be committing a criminal act towards your body each time you fish out that "annoying curry leaf" from your food.

Naini claims this little leaf has immense powers, some that are even beyond belief.

If her claims prove true, then imagine all the goodness we've all been missing out on all these years!

Anyway for what it's worth, here we go....

Benefits:

To begin with, the most crucial of properties - having anti-oxidants-is carried by curry leaves.

These leaves are extremely high in vitamin C. They therefore help clean up your blood, leaving your skin with a fresh glow, your hair with more lustre and your eyes with brilliance. If you want to pump up your levels of calcium, then you could increase your daily intake by adding curry leaves to any food that you cook. The same applies with iron. Curry leaves will therefore help with eyesight as well.

If you are pregnant and your morning sickness is driving you up the wall, then simply add curry patta to lemon juice and a little organic jaggery. This would ease you of a daily problem, in a healthy, herbal manner. This is better than most medicines, since their is zero risk of side effects to you or your unborn child.

Mix some curry leaves into your buttermilk and this is a sure shot home remedy to an upset stomach.

My dad has a curry leaf tree outside the family home. He will be elated to know the wonderful herbal properties these leaves contain.

"Don't chop that tree down dad!"


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