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 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.
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 anemia. Women particularly should include coriander seeds and fresh leaves in their diet along with iron supplements.
6. 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.
So these are the health benefits of coriander seeds, try to use as much as possible it in your diet for your better health and please do like and share it with your friends and family!!!