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Curry Leaves Can Help You to Control Blood Sugar Level and Diabetes; Know How?

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia

Curry Leaves, popularly known as ‘Kadi Patta’ is one of the most beneficial herbs found in the Indian kitchen. Moreover ‘Kadi Patta’ is a specialty or identity of South Indian cuisine. These tiny leaves not only add aroma and flavor to the food but it is also loaded with immense health benefits. Amid this long going debate on the efficiency of curry leaves on controlling blood sugar levels, we have found out the conclusions and real reasons to go for curry leaves. Blood sugar control is an important part of diabetes management. A few health benefits of curry leaves include good digestion, better heart health, and healthy skin and hair. Let's explore more… 

Curry leaves for diabetes management 

"Regular consumption of curry leaves is an effective remedy to control high blood sugar levels. Curry leaves are power-packed with many antioxidants, particularly flavonoids. These flavonoids preventing metabolism of starch into glucose inside the body, thus helping with blood sugar control”, said Nutritionist Nmami Agarwal. (Source: NDTV) 

Moreover, these leaves also possess anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. "Curry leaves are known to naturally boost insulin activity, an important action to control high blood sugar levels. Moreover, regular consumption of curry leaves can effectively reduce high cholesterol levels which are one of the side effects of diabetes," Nmami added. 

How Curry Leaves Can Help in Controlling Blood Sugar Level?  

  • They help in using insulin: As per the study, the insulin is secreted by the pancreas. Insulin helps in breakdown of sugar in the blood. When the body stops secreting insulin or is unable to break down sugar, it results in diabetes. Curry leaves help in using insulin, thereby controlling blood sugar levels.

  • Anti-hyperglycemic properties: As per a study published in the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, it is mentioned that curry leaves have anti-hyperglycemic properties that can control blood sugar levels in rats. 

  • Curry leaves are rich in fiber:Fibre-rich foods have been found to be beneficial for people with diabetes. They can help in slowing down the absorption of sugar in the body, thereby controlling blood sugar levels.

Different ways of using curry leaves 

"This wonderful and indigenous herb is easy to use, affordable and can serve as an adjunct to allopathic treatment," says Nmami. But more than that, we need to keep this in mind that curry leaves alone will not help in treating diabetes and controlling blood sugar levels. You need to maintain a healthy lifestyle including a balanced diet and regular exercise to keep diabetes under control.  

Benefits of Curry Leaves 

Beneficial to Pregnant Women 

If you’re feeling queasy or nauseous due to pregnancy, curry leaves may help in reducing the symptoms. If you are consuming curry leaves every day, it helps you in the secretion of digestive enzymes, which provides ease from nausea, vomiting and morning sickness. 

Help in Maintaining Gastrointestinal Health 

Curry leaves help you to heal your digestive issues. The digestive enzymes present in curry leaves are helpful in keeping the digestive health on track, and the laxative properties prove to be effective in regulating the bowels. 

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