Curry Leaves come from a tropical plant named Murraya koenigii. They are widely used in India and Sri Lanka in gravies, chutneys, and vegetable preparations, especially the ones with coconut. Curry plant is easy to grow at home and most Indian households will have one in the yard.
It is interesting to read about some of the studies performed to elucidate the hypoglycemic effect of curry leaves and also its anti-diabetic effect. These studies especially become important in the light of the fact that curry leaves are commonly used in recipes containing coconut. Also in view of this fact, it is also very important to know that studies have been done to understand the role of curry leaves in reducing blood cholesterol levels.There has been a study done on frog hearts, which concludes that curry leaf extract can positively affect heart muscle contraction.Some studies have been performed to show that curry leaves can kill cancerous cells and thus may help in reducing the tumor sizes.Numerous studies have been performed which conclude positively that curry leaves are anti-oxidative in nature.A study has also been performed to check the anti-trichomonal activity of curry leaves. Trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease.