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Friday, September 24, 2021

This dry spice from your mum's masala box helps regulate cholesterol and blood sugar

Key Highlights

  • Often used in tadka, tej patta is famed for its fragrance, flavour and medicinal properties
  • Diabetic patients often struggle with fluctuating blood sugar levels that often go abnormally high
  • Consuming 1-3 grams of bay leaves per day for a 30-days period helped in lowering blood sugar

New Delhi: Modern day lifestyles have caused several health disorders and conditions that warrant urgent attention. With more people developing obesity, diabetes and bad cholesterol levels, the incidence of health problems has grown drastically over the years. And while pharmacists and physicians continue to offer medical support for relief from symptoms, only a few turn to natural remedies like introducing diet alterations. And in an Indian household, where the kitchen is without a doubt the most fragrant corner, one never realises how the solution to spiking blood sugar and cholesterol can be managed with just some basic ingredients – some of them hidden in the spice box.

The box of health benefits

Your mum’s spice box could be small, yet special trove of treasure full of flavours and even health benefits. The little contains within that contain essentials like salt, turmeric, coriander, cumin and even amchur also house dry spices like black peppercorns, cloves, green and black cardamom and other masalas that enhance the flavour and nutrient profile of your meals that include vegetables, curries, pulaos and meat. While these spices are blessed with properties of better immunity and metabolism, there’s one that regulates blood sugar and cholesterol like no other – tej patta (bay leaf).

Often used in tadka, tej patta is famed for its fragrance, flavour and medicinal properties. Enriched with essential minerals, tej patta houses vitamin A and C, folic acid, calcium, magnesium and potassium. And for those struggling with diabetes and cholesterol, a touch of this spice could work wonders. Several studies published over the years reveal how much bay leaf intake can impact blood sugar levels.

Tej patta for blood sugar management

Diabetes is a chronic condition that develops over time and often goes unnoticed. When you consume too much of refined or simple sugars that break easily into the bloodstream, the pancreas releases insulin to regulate the same. However, over time, your body can become either insulin resistant or the pancreas might fail to produce the required amount – thereby resulting in diabete

Tej patta for cholesterol

A heart-friendly spice, bay leaves contain organic compounds like caffeic acid and rutin that strengthen capillary walls and regulate cholesterol levels – increase good cholesterol levels and eliminate bad cholesterol levels.


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