List of Benefits of Coriander Seeds

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Overview

Coriander is an herb belonging to the parsley family. Its green leaves are often used as a garnish in cooking. The seeds are used to spice up foods or as a flavoring agent. It is one of the oldest herbs in history and was even mentioned in the Bible. Seeds of coriander have been excavated in the remains of the ancient Egyptian civilization, particularly in the tombs of the pharaohs. It is widely used in cooking among Asian nations like Thailand and India. The Indians also use it for its anti-inflammatory properties. Here are the benefits of coriander seeds.

Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Coriander has substances that can kill bacteria and fungi, preventing the development of infections in wounds. This makes the coriander an anti-inflammatory and antifungal option. When applied topically, Coriander essential oil has been found to ease pain associated with various conditions like rheumatic joints, neuralgia, sore muscles, and sciatica. Nutrients like potassium, vitamin C, linalool and geranial are known to contribute to its anti inflammatory benefits. Also, powdered coriander leaves or seed may be sprinkled on a newly washed injured part of the body.

Digestive Aid

Coriander has a reputation for being able to aid in the proper function of the digestive system. It is a stomach tonic that stimulates gastric juice secretion, thereby promoting good digestion. Coriander can also reduce irritation as well as cure digestive problems like stomach pain, nausea and heartburn. It is also known to improve appetite.

Coriander seeds are also used to prevent gas from developing in the intestines. It enables gas to be expelled from the bowels, thus treating intestinal gas pain. Coriander is also known to relieve pain and grumbling associated with various laxatives. Likewise, coriander is an antispasmodic capable of curing diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

Antioxidants

Coriander is also known to contain antioxidants which are known in fighting cancer-causing cells. It has antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, K, and B6 as well as other nutrients like riboflavin, folic acid, iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. It is also rich in niacin, phosphorus and zinc.

Antiseptic

Coriander essential oil contains the antiseptic citronella, which is excellent in terms of healing various health conditions such as mouth ulcers. It can help in healing various wounds and mouth ulcers and prevent these conditions from worsening. It can also help in freshening one’s breath.

Eye Care

With its rich amounts of antioxidants like vitamins A & C, coriander can aid in various eye problems. It can prevent the aging of an eye with its rich levels of phosphorus. Its disinfectant and antimicrobial properties can also protect the eyes against conjunctivitis.

Other benefits of coriander seeds include reducing bad cholesterol and supporting menstrual cycle by reducing cramps, and easing hormone-related mood swings. It also supports secretion of insulin and helps lower blood sugar.

References

The Great Home Remedies: Coriander

Food Quad: Benefits of Coriander