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  Year: 2013 | Volume: 1 | Issue: 9 | Page No.: 312-317
DOI: 10.17311/sciintl.2013.312.317
Wonders of Leafy Spices: Medicinal Properties Ensuring Human Health
A.B. Sharangi and S. Guha

Background: Leafy spices include coriander, fenugreek, curryleaf, bayleaf, basil, mint, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, etc. As fresh and/or with value addition, they not only impart diverse flavors, colors and tastes to foods, but also offer a host of powerful phytonutrients which enhance health and well-being. Though many researchers found wonderful medicinal properties of leafy spices contributing towards human health, literature is almost scanty on a comprehensive review attributing the spicy wonders. This review will highlight such spicy wonders, in detail. Results: Coriander contains carbohydrate, fat, protein, vitamin A and C including energy. It aids in digestion, reduces flatulence, improves appetite, helps relieving spasms. Fenugreek leaves are enriched with Calcium, Iron, vitamin C and K, energy and protein. Curry leaves, also rich in minerals and vitamins, used as herbal tonic, prevents hair loss, aids in eye disorders and prevents diabetes, skin problems. Bay leaf, containing polyphenols and antioxidants, can prevent infections, diabetes and skin diseases. Mint is rich in vitamins and minerals and having anti-inflammatory, antiseptic effects. The essential oil of thyme consists of 20-54% antiseptic thymol, which is the main ingredient of mouthwashes and medicated bandages. Marjoram is used to relief from indigestion, asthma, stomach pain, headache, dizziness, colds, coughs and nervous disorders. Rosemary, extremely high in iron, calcium and vitamin B6 is believed to improve memory. Conclusion: It may be concluded that herbs and medicinal plants are rich sources of beneficial compounds including antioxidants and functional foods. Comprehensive research is necessary to process plant materials into medicine.
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A.B. Sharangi and S. Guha, 2013. Wonders of Leafy Spices: Medicinal Properties Ensuring Human Health. Science International, 1: 312-317.

DOI: 10.17311/sciintl.2013.312.317






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