7 Reasons Cilantro is More than Just Garnish, Coriander Should be on Your Dish
You probably know this herb as cilantro if you live in the Americas and Dhania if you live in India or simply as coriander, the internationally used condiment and garnish with amazing health benefits and a pleasant aroma.
According to a Turkish study, coriander is used in the preparation of many household medicines to cure bed cold, seasonal fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach disorders and also used as a drug for indigestion, against worms, rheumatism and pain in the joints.These have been part of old wives tales. How many of these are actually proven to be true?
1. Rheumatism: The anti-inflammatory abilities of coriander would most definitely help treat arthritis and other such problems which have to do with the inflammation of the skin. A study tested its ability to health UV erythema, find that while 0.5% of the essential oil was quite efficient, it was not better than hydrocortisone in effect. Coriander oil can be used as part of inflammation treatments in the future.
2. Food Poisoning: Studies have shown that coriander can effectively tackle food poisoning and drug-resistant infections, proving the Turkish old wives tales true. "In developed countries, up to 30% of the population suffers from food-borne illness each year. This research encourages the design of new food additives containing coriander oil that would combat food-borne pathogens and prevent bacterial spoilage," said Dr Fernanda Domingues, author of the study. "Coriander oil could also become a natural alternative to common antibiotics. We envisage the use of coriander in clinical drugs in the form of lotions, mouth rinses and even pills; to fight multidrug-resistant bacterial infections that otherwise could not be treated. This would significantly improve people's quality of life."
3. Diarrhea: Stomach problems including indigestion and diarrhea are also conquered by coriander, according to modern studies. It seems that the tummy area benefits most from the use of coriander, a poor herb often thrown away after use as decorative garnish.
What other health benefits of coriander can we find in scientific research?
4. Antimicrobial and Antiphlogistic: Dermatitis, eczema, oral cavities, etc. All these have one thing in common. Coriander and it’s essential oils are amazing antimicrobials and antiphlogistic, helping keep bacteria at bay and soothe skin problems.
5. Antibacterial and Antifungal: It is not just the skin we worry about but the contraction of bacterial infections such as E. Coli and salmonella. Coriander has shown its muscles in banishing such organisms from the body, its protection role taken seriously.
6. Balancing Cholesterol Levels: The oils found in coriander seeds effectively reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise good cholesterol (HDL) levels, ensuring that the body’s defense against heart attacks and strokes are strongly in place.
7. Blood Pressure: the diuretic activities help control hypertension, with the interaction of calcium ions and cholinergic relaxing blood vessels and reducing the chances of heart attack or stroke.
The health benefits of coriander, also known as cilantro, are many and should be used as part of a meal instead of simple garnish...