Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Aug 2017 12:15:59


Coriander or cilantro is an aromatic herb native to Western Asia and southern Europe. More popularly, it is called “hara dhaniya” in local terms. It is used for culinary purposes round the world. Apart from its culinary uses, it has been found to contain plant-derived chemicals compounds, which help fighting against various diseases. Roots, leaves and stems of the plant have been found to contain carminative and antiseptic properties. 

It is rich in antioxidants like b-carotene. It is also rich in water, dietary fiber, fats, protein, minerals (calcium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, iron and magnesium) and vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, E and K). All the nutrients packed in it are the reason for its potential health benefits, some of which are:

For skin: The leaves are disinfectant, antifungal, detoxifying, antioxidant and antiseptic. All these properties are enough for clearing up blackheads, acne or any skin disorder.

Treats diarrhea: Essential oils of coriander contain Linalool and Borneol, both of which aid in proper liver functioning and improving digestion, thus help in reducing diarrhea. Diarrhea caused by fungal and microbial actions can be cured with coriander essential oils, as they possess antibacterial properties.

Stimulates digestion: Coriander seeds have anti-oxidant properties and dietary fiber that advance the healthy working of the liver and facilitate bowel moments. They help in the generation of digestive compounds and juices that facilitate the procedure of digestion. Disorders like indigestion (dyspepsia) and anorexia can also be cured by regular consumption of the leaves in the diet.

Helps tackle diabetes: With India rapidly turning into the diabetes capital of the world, it's not a big surprise individuals are searching for remedies to battle the illness. Some ancient practises claim that regular usage of coriander seeds help in keeping a check on blood sugar. In a study, it was found that the extracts from coriander seeds have certain compounds that when discharged into the blood caused anti-hyperglycaemic, insulin discharging and insulin like movement that held one’s glucose levels within proper limits.

Aids in weight loss: This herb is great for obese people as it helps in the reduction of fats and therefore, aids in weight loss.

Clears mouth ulcers, freshens breath: Coriander contains a potent antiseptic called citronelol. It also contains many components that have antibacterial and healing properties. All these stop mouth ulcers to worsen, speed up the healing process and freshens the breath. Coriander is one of the ingredients in all antiseptic toothpastes.

Lowers blood pressure (BP): For people suffering from hypertension, consuming coriander is a boon. It greatly helps in reducing the BP by making the coriander’s calcium ions and nervous system’s neurotransmitter (cholinergic) interact with each other; this interaction helps in relaxing the blood vessel tension. In turn, risk of having strokes and heart attacks reduce significantly.

Kicks off anemia: High iron content of coriander makes it worth including in the food. High iron in the blood helps in proper cognitive functions, alleviates symptoms of breath shortness, provides more energy and strength.

Promotes bone health: Rich source of calcium, coriander leaves are known to protect the bone integrity. Bone durability and regrowth can be stored easily by coriander, as it is rich in calcium and other important minerals. It also protects from bone degradation. Include coriander in your daily food items to maintain your bone health.

Protects eyes: Coriander is rich in minerals like phosphorus, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants, all of which help in prevention of vision disorders, reduces stress on the eye and macular degeneration. Coriander leaves are rich in b-carotene, which is useful in reversing the vision degradation effects in aging patients.

Natural deodorant: Cilantro acts as a natural internal deodorant as it contains a large amount of chlorophyll that can detox the body from the inside out. By flushing out toxins from the liver, kidney and digestive tract, it helps to remove excess bacteria from the body that would otherwise set out and accumulate in your armpits and feet. Chlorophyll can inhibit bacteria due to its high oxygen content and therefore, this herb helps your body deodorize and smell great.

Anti-bacterial and Anti-fungal Properties: Cilantro contains an anti-bacteria compound called dodecenal which can kill salmonella bacteria and prevent salmonella poisoning (9). Its anti-bacterial properties help to improve oral health. The anti-microbial substances present in it help prevent and cure small pox as well as relive diarrhea if caused by fungal or microbial infections.

Anti-allergic: Anti-histamine properties of coriander helps in reducing uncomfortable affects and symptoms of seasonal allergies and fever.

For peaceful sleep: By reducing anxiety and stress, cilantro helps in improving the quality of your sleep as it is a calming herb

Clean your kidneys: Coriander leaves contain powerful detoxifying abilities. They bind to the heavy metals in the bloodstream and thus purify blood, tissues and organs. This process occurs because the leaves possess biochemical content: phytic acid, citric acid and amphoteric electrolytes. The leaves not only improvise digestion but also inhibit the formation of free radicals. The leaves contain all chelating agents: vitamins and minerals. This property of coriander leaves make it best to use for prevention from Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and diabetes.

Coriander leaves chutney is a great way to enjoy this herb cum spice, and thus can be a part of your daily diet. It has antioxidants, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic properties. Coriander is also a natural aphrodisiac. It is also act as expectorant and helps in the protection of liver. It is both a herb and a spice. It is easily available, cheap and is in the market round the year. Enjoy the green shiny color of coriander leaves in your food and let then safeguard your body from infections and diseases.
Possible health risks of consuming cilantro Coriander may be an allergen, and because it is often used in combination with spices, it is hard to detect. People who tend to be sensitive to allergens should be aware of this when using coriander.