Bay leaf is a popular plant that is used for cooking in several countries around the world. It is a good thing that the spice is well liked because it has many powerful health benefits. Historically, the bay leaf was used to cure multiple illnesses. In modern times, scientific research is confirming the numerous health effects of bay leaves, including its ability to fight heart disease. Researchers have found that the phytonutrients in bay leaves are key components in helping to improve heart function.
A study conducted by Abdulrahim Aljamal, PhD at the Department of Medical Technology at Zarqa Private University in Jordan, showed that total cholesterol levels dropped (especially “bad” cholesterol and dangerous triglycerides) for all patients who consumed bay leaves daily in less than 1 month’s time. In contrast, the participants who took one placebo a day, cholesterol levels remained the same.
Another study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition also produced positive results in consuming bay leaves to lower cholesterol. The subjects were given 1 to 3 grams of ground bay leaf daily and saw important reductions in their cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease and for that reason bay leaves actually help to boost heart health.
Dr. Aljamal said the studies demonstrate “that the consumption of bay leaves…decreases risk factors for cardiovascular diseases.”
Scientists have also concluded that the phytonutrients found in bay leaves (when consumed regularly) prevent heart attacks, strokes and other common heart complications.