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All about Coriander and their health benefits. Green Cilantro leavesBY: Deena David | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-07-21
Coriander is a plant that was used for medicinal purposes and health benefits from ancient times. It was, in fact used by Hippocrates and other Greek physicians for medicinal purposes. The Romans used coriander widely and they were the ones who introduced it into Great Britain. From there the use of coriander spread all over the world. Other than being used in cooking, coriander has a wide range of health benefits.
It is mainly grown in Mediterranean areas and also in Asia. It is an annual herb. It grows in the wild and also in plantations. It finds a mention in the Bible, where the manna provided by God for the Israelites was like coriander seed.
Both coriander plant and the coriander seeds are used for their health benefits and also in cooking. The coriander leaf must be used fresh as it will lose its effects if it is stored. The coriander leaves are referred in America as Cilantro. The seeds of coriander plant can be used for flavoring foods such as vegetables, soups, breads, cakes and salads. Coriander seed extract is also used in the perfumery industry to provide a pleasant woodland fragrance.
Health benefits of Coriander:
1. Coriander seeds are used as a digestive aid to treat stomach disorders in traditional Chinese, Indian and European medicine. It was also used in combination with seeds like cardamom, fennel etc.
2. The coriander seeds can be used to make medicinal teas to soothe an upset stomach and also treat indigestion.
3. It also helps to stimulate the appetite because of its digestive properties.
4. Coriander can sometimes be a component of laxative remedy and a medication for diarrhoea.
5. The seeds can also be used to treat bad breath. This is because of the good smell of the coriander seeds as well as the herb.
6. It can also be used to treat colic.
7. The coriander is also mildly anti cancerous and helps to prevent cancer.
8. It also has blood thinning properties.
9. It can also be used as an anti oxidant and anti inflammatory agent.
10. It is a natural antibiotic and can help to protect against various food borne illnesses.
Coriander is a safe food. It does not have any side effects. It can also be used safely during pregnancy. Ground coriander seeds can lose their flavor when they are stored for a long time. So they should be stored in air tight containers. Better still would be to grind the coriander seeds whenever necessary.
The medicinal properties and health benefits of coriander can be fully used by making them as part of the routine diet. This will help to prevent various diseases and keep a person healthy.
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