Health Benefits of Coriander
Coriander is also known as cilantro. It is widely used in Indian cuisine either in a leafy form – coriander leaves or in the form of seeds ‘Dhania’. Coriander is a rich source of various vitamins including A, C and K, and minerals like calcium, potassium, sodium, zinc and iron. They have the following health benefits.
Like many herbs, coriander is also rich in antioxidants and prevents aging and free radicals.
Coriander increases the levels of HDL which is said to be the good cholesterol and reduces the levels of LDL.
Some researchers found that it stimulates the secretion of insulin and thereby controls the blood sugar when taken with normal diet.
The volatile oils in the leaves of coriander have microbial properties.
Coriander seeds have many essential fatty acids and dietary fiber. They are a rich source of vitamin C. With 100 grams of seeds, 27 mg of vitamin C can be obtained. It is equal to 33% of recommended daily intake of vitamin C.
The tea made with coriander seeds helps in indigestion and eliminates toxins from the body.The boiled and cooled concoction of coriander and cumin seeds helps cool the body and acts as a diuretic.
Boil coriander seeds with pepper, and drink it after cooling to relieve nasal congestion, cough and cold.
However, coriander seeds can cause allergic reactions in some people. Excessive use is not good.