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Monday, September 23, 2013

Health Benefits of Coriander Seed/Cilantro

Coriander seeds photo source

If I told you that the spice coriander could lower your cholesterol, aid in digestion and help you to maintain your blood sugar levels, would you be interested?

The coriander seed has a somewhat spicy and nutty citrus taste which I find pleasant in my coffee or rice. I am still experimenting with it to find out which foods it lends itself well to. I added it to my rice today, and remember using it long ago in my rice pudding and other baked goods.

Coriander leaves - photo source

Aids in Digestion

Coriander is used in a host of recipes and is known to assist in digestion and stomach tone. Nausea, indigestion and dysentery can be treated by taking a dose of one or two teaspoons of coriander mixed in fresh buttermilk. A tea is brewed in India with equal parts cumin and coriander seeds to aid in both digestion and as a diuretic. Coriander/cilantro has also been found to be beneficial in reducing the toxicity of those poisoned by lead or mercury helping to restore their immune system. 

Assists with heavy periods.

To aid in heavy menstrual flow, blend approximately 3 teaspoons of coriander seeds (6 grams) in 500 ml (16.9 oz) of water, add honey or sugar to taste, bring to a boil then drink once cooled enough to drink comfortably but while warm. For more benefit a tea should steep for 10 to 15 minutes, covered.

Loaded with Nutrition

The entire coriander flower can be eaten, root, leaves and seeds with the (cilantro) leaves being the best source of antioxidants. It is also known as Chinese parsley and oriander. Coriander has the ability to retard spoilage and postpone the antibacterial activity of such elements as Salmonella. The leaves of the plant, commonly known as cilantro contain highest concentration of nutrients with calcium, iron, magnesium and 
manganese leading the pack.


Because of its ability to assist with the nervous system and calm the digestive system it has been known to assist in protecting the nervous system. 

For Pain Relief

A dozen pain relieving compounds are found in coriander. It is also a natural muscle relaxer. Add a teaspoon or so to your favorite calming tea.  

Asthma Treatment

Create a tea containing coriander and enjoy the benefit of six anti-asthmatic compounds. 

Effective in regulating blood sugar levels

It contains both insulin releasing and insulin like activity assisting the body in blood sugar regulation. Coriander was also beneficial in reducing the bad effect that diabetes has on the pancreas. 

Increases levels of good cholesterol

While lowering total cholesterol levels and triglycerides, coriander in the diet assists in breaking down cholesterol and cleansing it from the liver. 

A word of caution

Please do not let any information found online or through other sources substitute for the care of your primary care physician. It is essential that you work as a team with your healthcare provider to maintain optimal health. Please discuss any health concerns with him or her.  

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ruthinian September 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM  

Glad to know about this. Thanks for sharing.

betchai September 24, 2013 at 12:09 AM  

good to know, i should look more how to incorporate coriander seeds into foods, I just had mapo tofu with lots of coriander, but only leaves :)

~✽Mumsy✽~ September 24, 2013 at 6:26 AM  

Wow..I didn't know cilantro is also coriander but I recognize cilantro in your photos..I love this herb, and grow a pot full of it.

I used the leaves for topping on my dishes, but didn't know we can use the seeds for tea.

Thanks for this info!

Judy SheldonWalker September 24, 2013 at 9:26 PM  

Betchai, I am now experimenting with new ways to use the spice and may just buy some cilantro when I go to the market. Another spice I will be looking into soon is cardamom. I read that it assists in lowering high blood pressure; one of my concerns.

Mumsy, you keep saying you have a black thumb, but you are very good at growing many things. I think it is just your growing climate and soil in some cases. I tried to grow rosemary and it lasted less than a week. lol Good luck with your cilantro and your health!


Icy BC September 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM  

Thanks for this helpful and beneficial herbs, Judy! I love cilantro!

Self Sagacity September 25, 2013 at 10:08 PM  

Thank you for the post. My children and I love cilantro so it is a blessing. I would love to be able to grow it all year around, but haven't found a way to make it worth while. It's 33 cents a bundle here, but doesn't last long.

kulasa zen September 27, 2013 at 9:28 PM  

Coriander...I will now look for it in the market. Healthy things are on top of my list these days especially so because so many are getting ill on my side of the world.

Judy SheldonWalker September 29, 2013 at 10:05 PM  

Zen, I wish you and yours all the best health. God truly supplies us with many remedies.

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