Curry is a popular spice used in cooking many dishes.
The aromatic leaves can be used as a spice for chicken, fish and also as the main ingredient in stews and sauces.
Here are five important health benefits of curry leaves.
A research study concluded that the carbazole alkaloids present in curry leaves have anti-diarrheal properties.
Experiments on lab rats showed that carbazole extracts from curry leaves had significantly controlled castor oil-induced diarrhea.
The presence of various vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C and vitamin E help in reducing oxidative stress and free radical scavenging activity.
The chemical constituents found in curry leaves such as phenols are helpful in fighting cancers such as leukaemia, prostate cancer, and colorectal cancers.
Evidence of cancer-fighting properties was also seen in the carbazole alkaloids extracts from curry leaves.
Curry leaves contain high amounts of vitamin A and therefore is good for eyesight.
Vitamin A is rich in carotenoids which protect the cornea, the eye surface.
Deficiency of vitamin A may cause night blindness, cloud formations in front of the eye and even loss of vision in some cases.
Research on curry leaves has indicated that the tannins and carbazole alkaloids present in the leaves exhibited good hepato-protective properties.
They are helpful in protecting the liver from various diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis.