Betel leaf, or Paan, is a pretty commonly used leaf in India. Though its primary purpose is to be used as a mouth freshener, many people also use it for the numerous health benefits that it provides. It is really good for people suffering diabetes as it can regulate their glucose levels. It lowers your cholesterol and protects your heart. It has strong anti-cancer and anti-mutagenic compounds in it and can lower the risk of developing cancer. It has anti-microbial properties that can protect you from minor bacterial and fungal infections. It can help heal wounds, especially burn wounds.
Betel leaves are also known to combat depression and can put you in a light, happy mood. They are great for your oral health as they not only fight bad breath but also help with protecting you from bacterial infections. It can prevent and control asthma. It is great for your gastric system. It can also be used to prevent malaria.
Betel leaf is loaded with nutrients and is very good for you. It contains decent amounts of essential nutrients. In 100 grams of betel leaf, there is 1.3 micrograms of iodine, 1.1-4.6 micrograms of potassium, 1.9-2.9 micrograms of vitamin A, 13-0 micrograms of vitamin B-1, 1.9-30 micrograms of vitamin B-2, and 0.63-0.89 micrograms of nicotinic acid. These nutrients are good for your heath.
Betel leaf is an excellent analgesic that offers instant relief from pain. It can be used in alleviating pain caused due to cuts, bruises, rashes. Make a paste with tender betel leaves and apply on the affected area. Betel leaf juice provides relief from internal pains in the body.
Betel leaves are a powerhouse of antioxidants which clear radicals from the body. It restores normal PH levels in the body and helps upset stomach. Ayurveda widely recommends eating betel leaves for relief from constipation. Crush betel leaves and put it in the water overnight. Drink the water in the morning on an empty stomach to ease bowel movements.
Chewing a betel leaf after a good meal is recommended because of its carminative, intestinal, anti-flatulent and for those properties that help in protecting the gut. Betel leaves increase metabolism triggering circulation and stimulating the intestines to absorb vital vitamins and nutrients.
Betel leaf widely helps in treating issues related to cough and cold. It is an excellent cure for those suffering from chest, lung congestion and asthma. Apply some mustard oil on the leaf, warm it and place it on the chest to cure congestion. You can also boil few leaves in water, add cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in two cups of water. Reduce it to 1 cup and consume this concoction two to three times a day for an excellent relief from congestion and breathing issues.
Betel leaves have amazing antiseptic properties as they are rich in polyphenols especially chavicol offering dual protection from germs. It is also used extensively in treating arthritis and orchitis.
It’s amazing anti-fungal properties provide instant relief from fungal infections. Applying the paste of betel leaves kills fungal infection in the affected region.
Betel leaves are commonly used as mouth fresheners in India. They are used as a base to wrap up various components of paan, including tobacco, betel nut, sugar syrup, and a few other components. Modern variations of this street favorite include chocolate syrup being poured in the center of the leaf along with all the traditional components. Paan has been used as a mouth freshener since ancient times and is more popular in some cities than in others. The leaf is rolled and wrapped up to create a conical shape and always ingested in one bite. It takes a long time to chew the entire leaf but the flavors and textures of this mouth freshener make it an interesting process.
Paan is also used as a flavoring agent in many candies, food and drinks. It is also a popular flavor in hookahs. Paan flavored condoms are also a common sight in drug stores in India. Paan masala, a powdered mixture of paan flavor and tobacco, is also pretty common in India.