5 incredible health benefits of curry leaf - from helping to prevent iron deficiency anemia, to immune support, neuroprotective properties and more! Curry leaf is the underrated superfood you need to add to your wellness routine!
Curry leaf, also known as Kadi Patta, is an aromatic herb native to India and widely used in South Indian and Sri Lankan cooking. Contrary to the name, curry leaf is unrelated to curry powder and does not have any spicy flavour.
The name "curry leaf" comes from kadhi or kari - the Indian names for the curry tree. This citrusy herb is similar to lemongrass and adds depth of flavour to traditional dishes such as dal, rasam, and basmati rice.
Curry leaf is also used in Ayurvedic medicine to support many body systems - from digestion to blood sugar balance, heart health, and whole-body health as an antioxidant. Let's dive deeper into the top five incredible health benefits of organic curry leaf and how you can easily incorporate this underrated superfood into your daily wellness routine!
Health Benefits of Curry Leaf
1. Excellent Source of Iron
Curry leaf is an excellent source of plant-based iron and folic acid! Our daily nourish superfood mix contains 22 mg (120% DV) of iron per serving, primarily thanks to the organic curry leaf included in this blend. Alongside the Vitamin C from amla berry and camu camu, this source of iron is bioavailable and easy on your stomach.
2. Antioxidant Power
Curry leaves contain numerous antioxidants such as linalool, alpha-terpinene, myrcene, mahanimbine, caryophyllene, murrayanol, and alpha-pinene. (1, 2) Antioxidants help protect our cells from free radical damage, therefore helping to combat many chronic diseases. In particular, curry leaves contain carbazole alkaloids that have antioxidant, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, and neuroprotective properties. (3)
3. Potential Anti-Cancer Effects
Several preliminary studies have shown that curry leaf is a source of chemopreventive agents that could potentially inhibit breast cancer cell growth. (4) One test-tube study found that curry leaf could be a potent source of proteasome inhibitors that promote cancer cell death. At the same time, another proved that curry leaf has potential anti-cancer effects on cervical cancer cells (5, 6). Another recent experiment suggests that "girinimbine" (a carbazole alkaloid found in curry leaf) could have chemopreventative and anti-inflammatory properties. (7) More research will be needed to identify the active components of curry leaf that could have applications as anti-cancer agents.
4. Neuroprotective Properties
One animal study found that curry leaf extract had neuroprotective properties. High doses of curry leaf extract were found to increase the antioxidants glutathione peroxidase (GPx), glutathione reductase (GRD), and superoxide dismutase (SOD). These brain-protecting antioxidants could help to protect against neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. Again, more research is needed. (8)
5. Immune Support
Curry leaf is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Vitamin E. Vitamin C is essential for tissue growth and repair, acting as an antioxidant to prevent free radical damage. B Vitamins are vital for energy metabolism and the synthesis of new red blood cells - which carry oxygen throughout the body.
Adding Curry Leaf to Your Daily Wellness Routine
With all of the incredible health benefits of curry leaf, you're probably wondering how you can incorporate this understated superfood into your daily wellness routine! This is why we created daily nourish superfood mix - which contains organic curry leaf, and 13 of the world's BEST superfoods.
Easily incorporate daily nourish superfood mix into a high protein green smoothie, energizing açai smoothie bowl, or immune-boosting superfood green smoothie!
Rich in antioxidants, protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals – this blend is made from absorbable organic ingredients to help increase your energy, boost immunity, ward off diseases, and reduce inflammation. Learn more about daily nourish here!
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