A Super seed in your Spice Box: Coriander
10 surprising benefits of Coriander
Coriander, popularly known as dhania in India, is extensively used across various regional cuisines to flavor curries, vegetables, snack items, etc. The spice is not only popular in India, but other foreign countries as well where it is used to flavor salsas, burritos and several meat dishes. Apart from being a popular spice, coriander seeds are also known for their medicinal properties. It is often recommended for stomach ailments and studies show that regular consumption of coriander can bring about various health benefits.
Read on to find out some surprising reasons to include this super seed in your daily diet:
1. Lowers cholesterol levels:
Coriander contains many beneficial fatty acids which help lower the cholesterol levels in blood. Studies also show that coriander can help raise HDL (good) cholesterol and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol hence significantly lowering the risk of serious heart diseases such as atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes (4).
2. Relieves digestive problems:
Fresh coriander and coriander seeds are rich in dietary fiber. The high content of insoluble fiber increases the bulk of food by absorbing more water from the digestive system hence relieving constipation, flatulence and gas problems (1,2)
3. Natural anti-bacterial: Research
suggests that coriander oil cures bacterial infections such as food borne diseases and infections by targeting the bacteria’s membrane wall and preventing it from spreading (3).
4. Lowers Blood Sugar:
A study published in a leading nutrition journal found that extracts from coriander seeds have certain compounds which stimulate insulin secretion from pancreas, hence reducing glucose levels (4).
5. Aids in weight loss:
Drinking luke-warm water with coriander seeds have shown great results in people trying to lose weight. It is considered to be a diuretic which helps your body lose excess water weight and also retain less water (4).
Coriander seeds have anti-inflammatory properties which prevent damage to the nervous system and lowers the risk of neurodegenerative diseases (4).
7. Promotes healthy skin:
Coriander leaves and coriander seeds reduce allergen induced immune response such as rashes, itchy skin, hives,etc (3).
8. Reduces hair fall:
Hair fall can occur due to a number of reasons including hormonal imbalance, stress, weak hair follicles and insufficient nutrition. Daily intake of coriander seeds nourishes the roots for developing new hair and fortifies the hair follicles hence keeping hair fall under control (3).
9. Prevents menstrual irregularities:
Research suggests that people who suffer from menstrual irregularities or have pain associated with it should consume coriander seeds every day. Coriander seeds contain natural stimulants to stimulate endocrine glands to release and maintain proper hormonal balance hence reducing the pain associated with it (3,4).
10. Rich in antioxidants:
Vitamin C is considered to be one of the most powerful antioxidants and is crucial for healthy body and skin. Coriander seeds contain nearly 30% of the recommended intake of Vitamin C which strengthens our immune system and keeps infectious diseases such as cold and flu at bay (1) In order to avail the many health benefits it is important that the spice is made from superior quality coriander seeds, obtained from the best farms and hygienically packaged which locks in both freshness and goodness of the spice.
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