KULATTHA, A NEUTRACEUTICAL PULSE HAVING MULTIPLE THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS –A REVIEW
*Dr. Subha Bose Banerjee
Kulattha is an underutilized and unexplored food legume. Kulattha is popularly known as Horse gram. Kulattha with the botanical name Macrotyloma Uniflorum (previously termed as Dolichos Biflorus) is a plant from the Leguminosae family. Kulattha or horse gram seeds are rich in flavonoids, urease, glycosides, lenoleic acid, polyphenols. Some other important constituents are Collidin and Genistein. It also contains calcium and traces of phosphorus. Kulattha leaves can be used for curing Vitamin C deficiency. Its rich content of amino acids makes it even better than soyabean when it comes to nutrition. It also contains Vitamin A. Kulattha seeds are useful for removing stones from the gall bladder, kidney and urine. It breaks down the stones and helps in easing the flow of urine. It is also helpful in treating the problem of painful urination. It is rich in urease enzymes which help in reducing urea by converting it into ammonia. Using this herb keeps the kidneys healthy.It has hepatoprotective effects. Kulattha seeds have anti hypercholesterolemic, anti diabetic, anti helminthic, anti microbial, anti inflammatory effects.The antioxidants present in this plant reduce free radicals in the body which are responsible for many diseases. Kulattha is believed to treat asthma, breathing issues and respiratory disorders. The consumption of Kulattha seeds help in maintaining a regular menstrual cycle. It increases the flow of blood during periods. It also control constipation. Kaluttha can be used as a neutraceutical that should be included in our diet on a regular basis.
Keywords: Kulattha, Neutraceutical, Kidney stone, anti diabetic, anti oxidant, anti inflammatory.
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