PULAV LEAVES / Pandan leaves are undoubtedly a versatile culinary ingredient and ayurvedic medicinal herb, for both, enhancing flavour in food and therapeutic healing of a host of ailments like hypertension, gout, diabetes. Add these fragrant lush bounty to your routine diet or incorporate a glass of pandan tea in your meals, to reap the marvellous wellness incentives of pandan.
Pandan / PULAV Leaves goes by various local names, such as “Annapoorna leaves” in India, “Rampe” in Sri Lanka, “Pulao Paata” in Bangladesh.
Boasting an array of valuable nutrients and contributing tremendous health merits,
Pandan is utilised in preparing a multitude of recipes such as biryani, kheer, spicy coconut gravies, cakes, jams, juices and cocktails.
It is also widely used as a food colouring to impart bright green shades to sweet, savoury dishes, as well as bequeathing a pleasant aroma, enticing taste to jasmine rice, basmati rice delicacies of pulao, biryani and nasi lemak.
POTENTIAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF PANDAN:
While there isn’t much scientific research on pandan’s health benefits, its leaves, fruit, flowers, roots, and oil have long been used in non-Western traditional medicine (1Trusted Source).
May reduce arthritis pain
Arthritis affects millions of people worldwide and is characterized by joint pain or stiffness (8Trusted Source).
In Ayurvedic medicine, coconut oil infused with pandan leaves is applied topically to relieve arthritis aches. Its effects are thought to stem from the oil found in its leaves, which may have anti-inflammatory effects (2Trusted Source, 9, 10).
However, research is limited to rats. Thus, human studies are needed.
May help manage blood sugar
Pandan may help manage your blood sugar levels (2Trusted Source, 11Trusted Source).
One study gave 30 healthy adults hot tea made from Pandanus amaryllifolius leaves following a standard oral (75-gram) blood sugar test. Those who drank the tea recovered better from the blood sugar test than those who drank hot water (2Trusted Source, 11Trusted Source).
However, more scientific research is necessary.
May boost oral health
Chewing on pandan leaves may freshen your breath due to their pleasant aroma (1, 2Trusted Source).
Some non-Western medicinal practices also use this technique to stop bleeding gums. However, this effect needs to be studied more formally.