Carry On, Coriander!

Delicate as it may seem, the green herb is a powerhouse of nutrients.  

9/1/2016 4:45:40 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

The delicate green herb has an ancient past with historical ties to the Greeks, the Renaissance and the Spanish Conquistadors. While there is little record on where the herb grew wild, it was first cultivated in Greece. Hence it derives its name from the Greek word koros (insect) or koriannon (bug) due to its smell.However, its medicinal properties were discovered early enough with Greek physician Hippocrates recommending its use as medicine. 

Coriander seeds appear to have been quite prized by the Egyptians as they have been found in tombs of the 21st dynasty. Late Bronze Age invaders introduced coriander into Britain. The invaders used coriander to flavor their barley gruel. The British mixed coriander with cumin and vinegar and used to preserve meat.

This ingredient came to India after Alexander the Great invaded the country. It moved to South America when the Spanish conquistadors introduced the flavorful herb to Mexico and Peru. 

Today in most countries, including China, coriander or cilantro is an integral part of the cuisine and recognised for its healing and aphrodicial properties.

Here are some of them:

1.Coriander helps to balance cholesterol levels by lowering the bad one and increasing the good one.

2.Improves digestive system, promotes liver functions and bowel movements.

3.Good for controlling diabetes as it helps lower blood sugar and stimulates insulin.

4.The fat soluble vitamin and antioxidant- Vitamin A, protects from lung and cavity cancers.

5.Coriander contains anti-inflammatory and anticeptic properties. Helps combat arthritis as well as cure ulcers.

6.The antioxidants in coriander help prevent eye diseases. The high amount of iron help in curing anemia.

7.The herb’s disinfectant, detoxifying, antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant properties of coriander are ideal for clearing up skin disorders such as eczema, dryness and fungal infections.

8. Coriander seeds are especially good for the menstrual flow.

9. Hair loss can result from weakened hair follicles, hormonal imbalances, stress, as well as improper diet. Coriander seeds prevent further hair fall and help stimulate the roots for the growth of new hair.

10.Coriander seeds are very beneficial for losing water weight. It is well-known for its relieving effect against swelling of the leg. It also helps in digestion, settling of disturb stomach. Coriander shields you against the Salmonella bacteria too.

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