Coriander or cilantro leaves are an integral part of the Indian kitchen. We regularly use coriander seeds as a spice or coriander leaves for garnishing curries, salads or soups.
Coriander is a great source of potassium, iron, vitamin A, K and C, folic acid, magnesium and calcium. Therefore it is known all over the world for its medicinal properties. Read on to learn about the various health and skin benefits of coriander seeds.
Health Benefits of Coriander Seeds:
1. Aids in digestion:
Coriander seeds as well as fresh coriander leaves help in healthy digestion. It has anti-oxidant properties which promotes healthy functioning of the liver and bowel movements. It helps in the production of digestive enzymes and juices. If you suffer from stomach indigestion, include coriander seeds in your diet.
Soak a handful of seeds in water for a day. Filter out the seeds and drink the coriander water on an empty stomach daily to cure indigestion.
2. Good source of Vitamin C:
Coriander is a rich source of many essential vitamins like folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A and beta carotene. Studies have shown that coriander leaves and seeds contain 30% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C.
Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant which is essential for healthy body and skin.
Many doctors swear by the anti-diabetic properties of the coriander seed. It stimulates the production of insulin thus maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. It reduces the amount of LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases the amount of HDL (good cholesterol) in the blood. Those suffering from diabetes and high cholesterol should drink coriander water daily.
4. Anti-bacterial properties:
Many food and water borne diseases like cholera, typhoid, food poisoning, dysentery etc are caused by bacteria (salmonella). Regular intake of coriander protects from food borne diseases due to its anti-bacterial properties.
Did you know that along with essential vitamins, coriander also contains iron? It contains high amount of iron which helps to prevent anaemia. Women particularly should include coriander seeds and fresh leaves in their diet along with iron supplements.
6. Detox remedy:
If some heavy toxic metals like lead, arsenic, mercury, aluminium etc get accumulated in our body, it leads to serious health problems like Alzheimer’s disease, loss of memory and eyesight, improper functioning of cardio-vascular and neurological system.
Coriander seeds contain natural compounds which help to detox the body and remove all the traces of heavy toxic metals.
7. Eye care:
Considered one of the best remedies for conjunctivitis (pink eye), coriander also prevents other eye diseases and problems. The high antioxidant content in it reduces redness, itchiness and inflammation in the eyes.
8. Women’s health:
If you suffer from heavy menstrual flow, then include coriander seeds in your regular diet. It also helps to prevent menstrual irregularities. Boil around 6grms of coriander seeds in half a litre of water and add a teaspoon of sugar. Drink the mixture when it is still warm. However this mixture should be consumed thrice a day daily.
Benefits of Coriander for Skin:
9. Skin diseases:
- Coriander is quite effective for curing various skin diseases like eczema, itchy skin, rashes and inflammation.
- It also helps to cure mouth ulcers and sores. Gargle with boiled coriander water to reduce and cure mouth ulcers.
- It can also be used as a cure for itchy skin and rashes. Make a paste of coriander seeds with a little bit of water and add a teaspoon of honey. Apply this paste over the itchy skin for instant relief.
The anti-bacterial properties of coriander seeds work as an effective home remedy for pimples, acne and blackheads. Prepare a face mask with coriander paste, honey and turmeric. You can also add multani mitti if you have oily skin. Apply the mask all over the face and let it dry. Rinse with cold water.
11. Dark lips:
Prepare a mixture of 2 teaspoons of coriander juice and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply this all over the lips and keep it overnight. Wash off next morning and repeat the same for some days to reveal healthy and pink lips.
Benefits Of Coriander Leaves For Hair:
12. Hair loss:
Add some powdered coriander seeds in your hair oil and use it to massage your scalp atleast twice a week. This will prevent further hair fall and help stimulate the roots for the growth of new hair.
How to store coriander seeds?
You should store coriander powder and seeds in an air-tight container, which will prevent moisture from entering the container. The seeds should be soaked in water for a day before using.
How to include coriander in your diet?
You can either add coriander seeds in your regular food or use fresh coriander leaves.
Now that you know how beneficial Coriander is, ensure to use it regularly.
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