Mostly in India, Paan is the major attraction after having the meal, especially for children because of its delicious and refreshing taste, and elders those who are fond of eating Paan. This little pockets of paan include- kattha, spices, mint, sweetened coconut, dates, gulkand, cherries and colourful saunf (expect the choona and tobacco) is full of goodness and taste is just amazing!!. Betel leaves are been used since ancient times in “pujas”, ceremonies to eating as “Paan”, that have incredible health benefits. Although, apart from eating Paan just for taste it has many medicinal properties that are beneficial for health in varied ways right from its refreshing mouthfeel to preventing cancer.
It improves digestion, by chewing paan/ betel leaf puts the salivary glands into high gear and stimulates the release of saliva, thus improving digestion. It has proven carminative and gastroprotective properties. Betel leaf thus increases the body’s metabolism. This triggers circulation and stimulates the intestine to absorb vital minerals and nutrients. It has antioxidants activity that clear free radicals from the body. It reduces acidity caused due to imbalanced PH levels of the stomach. Optimal PH levels ensure that bloating is eased.
Betel leaf is a good diuretic, crush a betel leaf and extract its juice, mix it with a diluted milk and drink it. This helps to treat water retention in the body. It also helps in easing urination for people suffering from scanty or obstructed urination. The betel leaves contain the high amount of vitamin C, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin and carotene and are a great source of calcium. Also, it reduces the blood sugar level thus helpful in treating diabetes.
As we all know it helps refresh breath but also protects against germs, bacteria and other pathogens in the mouth. When you chew a paan, it cleanses the mouth, prevents tooth decay, and helps strengthen the gums. Apart from only this the higher amount of Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) is thought to be preventing oral cancer. By chewing Paan you can maintain the level of ascorbic acid in saliva.
According to Ayurveda, it also helps reduce “Medha dhatu (body fat)” and increases the body’s metabolic rate. “Betel leaf contains various biologically active compounds, which are responsible for its antioxidant, chemopreventive activities,” writes S Sripradha in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research.
It also keeps energized, A teaspoon of betel leaf juice with honey acts as a tonic twice a day. It improves mental functioning and treats debility. It also energizes and motivates people, thereby curing them of their sluggishness. Betel leaf is a good remedy for acne, black spots, etc. Its antimicrobial properties help to treat skin ulceration, allergies, itchiness, and body odour. Betel leaves also have antifungal, analgesic, cough-relieving, anti-inflammatory and can be useful in maintaining vaginal hygiene.