Coriander, widely known as Dhaniya in the Indian Subcontinent and Cilantro in the America and some parts of Europe, is a herb with wide, delicate leaves and a pungent smell that is very used around the world as a garnish or decoration on culinary dishes.
The scientific name is Coriandrum Sativum L. Its leaves and fruits have a strong and pleasant aroma and are commonly used raw or dried for culinary dishes. They are also very rich in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Protein, some small amounts of calcium, potassium, thiamin, niacin and carotene.
- It contains anti-inflammatory properties, hence why its so good for those who suffer from arthritis.
- Coriander contains many antioxidants that are protecting our eyes, and is also used as a remedy against conjuctivitis.
- Coriander promotes good bowel movements and liver function so its good for the digestive system.
- It also acts as a natural antbiotic which can help with health problems such as gastric inflammation, hemorrhoids and dizzines.
- It lowers bad cholesterol and increases good cholesterol
- Coriander leaves contain atsiri oil that is an anti microbe. This is very useful for healing fungal infection, bacterial infection and treating eczema
- Coriander can also be used for metal detoxification such as mercury, aluminium, cadmium, arsenic and lead.
- Coriander can also serve like relaxation therapy, because it contains kaempferol. Kaempferol stimulates the serotonin and dopamine which both are substances that make us feel happy, so its pretty much like eating chocolate haha.
- Coriander leaves manage the secretion from our endocrine gland, this means is good to be consumed during menstruation to reduce pain symptoms.
- Regular consumption of coriander juice calms your nerves down and improves your sleep cycle because of its natural sedative effects.
- Because of its antibacterial properties, coriander juice is very effective in treating urinary tract infections.
So you can see, there are many, many health benefits of using coriander leaves, seeds or coriander juice. But life is about balance. You can actually have ‘’too much of a good thing’’.
It is advised that coriander should be avoided when pregnant or nursing.
If you are allergic to aniseed, mugwort, dill, fennel, caraway or similar plants, then you should avoid consuming coriander.
If you are consuming diabetes medications and also using coriander, then always keep a good check on your blood sugar levels.
Coriander might interfere blood sugar during surgery, so avoid using it two weeks before your scheduled surgery.
Like we said before, life is about balance so never stop improving your health, but do it with kindness.