Horse gram locally known as Kulthi-kalai in Bengali, Kullu in Tamil, Kulthi in Hindi has been in use since ages in Indian Ayurvedic system. Our grandparents often suggest consuming this beneficial bean but it gets neglected as it’s not so popular. So in this article let’s know certain therapeutic uses about horse gram and how it benefits us from various underlying diseases. Horse gram is a nutritionally rich bean than many other popularly consumed pulses in our daily diet.
Antimicrobial properties: Phytochemicals present in horsegram act against some human fungal and bacterial infections. It works wonders when overnight soaked kulthi dal water is consumed , curing urinal discharge like Leukorrhoea, urinal infections which concerns most of the women now-a-days.
Antioxidant , anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties: Many bioactive compounds such as polyphenols, tannins, flavonoids present in the seeds of horse gram acts as strong antioxidant thus preventing many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, hyperlipidemia, cancer etc. It limits activities of inflammatory mediators such as TNF-alpha, Interleukin-1beta etc.
Anti-diabetic properties: Horse gram possesses alpha amylase inhibitor which reduces insulin resistance and hyperglycaemia by slow release of glucose in the bloodstream. Thus it’s beneficial to diabetic patients.
Other benefits include: Horse gram removes kidney stones by dissolving through its anticalcifying properties. It is good for reducing triglyceride levels, LDL and thus increasing the HDL which is considered to be beneficial to cardiac diseases.