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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2399

Please don’t pick and throw your curry leaves!

By S.H.Moulana

We in the east love the aroma of curry leaves more than the bay leaves give for others. Curry leaves –Karapincha - are mainly used in dishes in Sri Lanka, India and some neighboring countries and need no introduction because they become an important ingredient for almost every preparation of ours.

In Sri Lanka in many houses you may see a tree either in the front garden or in the backyard.

Medically these leaves are supposed to contain various antioxidant properties and have ability to control diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion, peptic ulcer, dysentery, diabetes and unhealthy cholesterol balance.

Recently, a nephew of mine who was found to be having a very high level of cholesterol and was put on medication by his family doctor. On an advice he received from a close friend of his he regularly took ground curry leaves in water. Exactly a month and a half after he went for a test again to shock his doctor.

Amazingly the alarming cholesterol level totally vanished from his system and he was found to be absolutely normal.

They are also widely believed to have cancer fighting properties and protect liver. Curry leaves contain various vitamins: Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin E.

So the curry leaves not only add flavor or aroma to the food but so many nutritional values too.

Unfortunately, most of us have the habit of pick and throw the curry leaves away while eating our food.

As per medical advice, a bunch of curry leaves can be ground up and the paste can be eaten or the juice of the leaves can be consumed for better result.

The beauty of curry leaves is unlike the side effects experienced from western medicine, you are absolutely safe from such things. The latest I learnt is that the curry leaves can help to strengthen the hair roots.

Dry curry leaves powder mixed in oil can be applied to the hair with a quick massage. People with gray hair can benefit by this, it is said.

The benefits of curry leaves are numerous and it is high time that we stopped our habit of picking and throwing them from our plate while eating our meal.

- Asian Tribune -

Please don’t pick and throw your curry leaves!
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