10 Unexpected Side Effects Of Coriander Seeds

Keep in mind the dangers of overindulging in this pleasantly aromatic spice.

Reviewed by Garima Singh, MSc, DNHE, DDHN
By Tanya Choudhary

A gorgeously fresh bunch of green coriander leaves or a generous splatter of coriander seeds as the final seasoning adds that perfect hint of zing and flavor to our food! While we use them pretty often in gravies and chutneys, we may not be aware of the side effects of coriander seeds. Though generally safe and beneficial to consume, there are a few things you should keep in mind while using coriander seeds. Let’s read on to know more!

Side Effects Of Coriander Seeds

Undoubtedly, coriander seeds can benefit your health in several ways. But they are also associated with some side effects, Check out coriander seeds’ side effects which are given below:

1. Liver Problems

Excessive and prolonged use of coriander seeds can cause liver problems. Oil components present in coriander seeds are usually helpful in treating liver problems, but its excessive use give rise to excessive bile secretion and causes abnormal conditions (1), (2).

2. Allergic Reactions

Swollen face and throat as a result of allergic reaction

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Some people might get allergic reactions like rashes, breathing difficulty, itching, swelling on the face/throat, dizziness, etc. from the usage of coriander seeds (3), (4). If you are prone to these problems, it is advisable to consult your healthcare provider before using these flavoring agents.

3. Pregnancy And Breastfeeding

Here comes one of the serious side effects of coriander seeds that women should beware of! Pregnant and breastfeeding women should use coriander seeds in limited amounts because of their effect on gland secretion, especially thyroid gland, which can cause damage to the mother and fetus as well as reproductive glands (5).

4. Breathing Problem

Chest pain and breathing difficulty are common side effects of prolonged coriander use

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Prolonged and excessive use of coriander seeds can lead to breathing problems accompanied by chest pain, throat dryness, and throat tightening (6). If you face any such problems, quick medical attention is required.

5. Sun Sensitivity

Sometimes, the use of coriander seeds may cause sun sensitivity, increasing the risk of sunburns and skin cancer. If you suffer from sun allergy or sensitivity, it is advisable to use it minimally, and that too after talking with your doctor.

6. Skin Problems

Itchy skin as a side effect

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Some people might experience skin problems like inflammation, itching, irritation, dermatitis, and skin darkening after using coriander seeds (7), (8). Medical advice is recommended in such a case and the use should be discontinued if any of these symptoms are observed.

7. Gastrointestinal Issues

Prolonged or excess use of coriander seeds may cause gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, stomach ache, IBS, loss of appetite, and dehydration (7).

8. Lapse Of Menstruation

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Generally, coriander seeds are used to treat menstrual disorders, but some women might experience lapses of menstruation as a result of their usage. If you are facing any such issue, you need to check your dosage (9).

9. Hypoglycemia Or Low Blood Sugar

Coriander seeds have been used in the treatment of diabetes as they have the ability to lower blood sugar level. If you are undergoing treatment for diabetes, you should monitor your blood sugar level before using coriander as its supplementation may reduce your blood sugar level drastically (10).

10. Other Side Effects

The unexpected side effects of coriander consumption can cause a lot of distress

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Several other coriander seeds side effects that you may encounter due to its consumption are toothaches, joint pain, worms, nausea, hernia. Although these problems are not very common, one should be careful and consult a doctor in any case.

The coriander seeds add a pleasant aroma to meals and are a great addition to your spice rack. However, overindulgence may lead to a few health problems. The side effects of coriander seeds range from developing liver problems to possibly lowering blood sugar levels. It may lead to sun sensitivity, gastrointestinal issues, or various skin problems. Coriander seeds may lead to a lapse in menstruation and thereby cause fertility issues. In some cases, it can trigger allergic reactions as well. Limiting or avoiding its consumption can help avoid these complications.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we drink coriander seed water daily?

Coriander seeds are loaded with many health-promoting properties. Hence, we can drink coriander seed water daily.

Do coriander seeds cause heat in the body or cool it down?

Coriander seeds can keep the body cool and lower body temperature.

Is coriander good for periods?

Coriander seeds exhibit emmenagogue properties and are the most effective remedy for irregular periods.

Sources

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Tanya is an ISSA certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition. She specializes in writing articles on ingredients that benefit skin,... more

Garima Singh

(MSc (Nutrition), DNHE, DDHN)
Garima Singh is a certified nutritionist and dietitian with over 7 years of experience. She provides both in-office and virtual... more

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