Coriander is a common kitchen herb and is used in several cuisines for it’s great flavor. It’s also known as Chinese parsley or cilantro and is used both as a herb and a spice. Coriander leaves make for great seasoning while the seeds can be used as a spice to flavor food. This green herb also has numerous medicinal properties which you can benefit from by drinking coriander juice regularly. Here’s a list of what you can expect from this versatile herb.
1. Regulates Menstrual Cycles
Coriander is a herb with many healing properties. It can used as a natural remedy to regulate menstrual cycles. Coriander seeds contain many beneficial acids like linoleic acid, ascorbic acid, steric acid and palmitic acid that help in the regulation of the endocrine glands. The seeds can be soaked in water overnight and consumed the following day to regulate menstrual cycles and relieve related period pains.
2. Controls Blood Sugar
Apart from regulating menstrual cycles, the stimulating effect of coriander on the endocrine glands also increases the secretion of insulin which is vital in the assimilation and absorption of blood sugar. This property of coriander is useful for people with diabetes and other insulin related disorders. Including coriander in your diet can lower the chances of sudden spikes and drops in blood sugar levels.
3. Reduces Inflammation
Coriander also posses anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of certain compounds in its essential oils. Cineole and linoleic acid present in coriander have antirheumatic and antiarthritic properties. They help reduce swelling in the joints and skin inflammations. Coriander is also used as a natural remedy for conjunctivitis for its anti-inflammatory properties.
4. Acts As An Antioxidant
Drinking coriander juice regularly can help you fight free radicals that cause oxidative damage in your body which can lead to several diseases. Studies have confirmed that coriander reduces oxidative stress in the kidneys by not only preventing the process of oxidation but also increasing the antioxidant enzymes and antioxidant levels.1
5. Increases Cardiovascular Health
Coriander is a herb that’s rich in potassium. Having coriander juice will give your body enough potassium to improve blood circulation and lower blood pressure. The antioxidants and acids in coriander, which include linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) reduce cholesterol levels and help unclog your arteries.
6. Aids Digestion
Coriander is used in many cuisines worldwide because it helps in proper digestion. The essential oils of coriander stimulates the digestive tract to produce digestive enzymes which aid ingestion, prevent flatulence, and help peristaltic movement of food. The roughage and fibre in coriander are also helpful in relieving gastrointestinal issues.
7. Prevents Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections are usually caused by E. coli, staphylococcus bacteria resulting in pain and discomfort. Coriander has natural antimicrobial properties that prevents the spread of infectious bacteria. Having coriander juice regularly helps maintain an alkaline environment in the urinary tract preventing infections.
8. Improves Sleep
Coriander is calming herb which has natural sedative effects. Drinking coriander juice regularly can calm your nerves and naturally improve your sleep cycle. A recent study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology found that high levels of coriander extract produced the same levels of anti anxiety effects as a popular prescription drug.2
9. Detoxifies The Body
The detoxification properties of coriander help flush out toxins from your body and prevent infections like salmonella, dysentery, cholera, food poisoning, and listeria. Your liver and kidney are responsible for filtering out the toxins in your body. Coriander’s antioxidant properties helps reduce oxidative stress and prevent liver disease.
10. Prevents Cancer
The combined antioxidant, antimicrobial, and digestive properties of coriander make it an effective natural defense against colon cancer. Regular consumption of coriander increases the excretion of bile and sterol compounds while also reducing cholesterol levels. Research has also shown that extracts from the root of the plant inhibits DNA damage, prevents cancer cell migration, and promotes cancer cell death.3
Including coriander juice in your diet can give many health benefits. It’s easily available, inexpensive, and can be added into your green smoothie. And If you don’t like having it as a juice, you can also sprinkle a healthy portion of chopped coriander on salads.
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|1.||↑||Deepa, B., and C. V. Anuradha. “Antioxidant potential of Coriandrum sativum L. seed extract.” (2011).|
|2.||↑||Mahendra, Poonam, and Shradha Bisht. “Anti-anxiety activity of Coriandrum sativum assessed using different experimental anxiety models.” Indian journal of pharmacology 43, no. 5 (2011): 574.|
|3.||↑||Tang, Esther LH, Jayakumar Rajarajeswaran, Shin Yee Fung, and M. S. Kanthimathi. “Antioxidant activity of Coriandrum sativum and protection against DNA damage and cancer cell migration.” BMC complementary and alternative medicine 13, no. 1 (2013): 347.|