Coriander. Also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley, these small leafy greens are known for their taste and fragrance, and most people either love or hate them. However, there’s more to it than just being food – Coriander is also known for its health benefits. Read on to find out more!
1. Rich in vitamins
For one, coriander’s leaves and seeds are rich in vitamin K, which makes proteins needed for blood clotting to prevent excessive bleeding. This vitamin is also known to aid in bone repair. Coriander also contains Vitamin C to boost immunity, as well as provitamin A.
2. May promote gut and digestive health
Oil extracted from coriander seeds may accelerate and promote healthy digestion – one study found that patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) who took medication that contained coriander had significantly milder symptoms compared to the placebo group. Coriander is also used in some cultures as an appetite stimulant.
3. May be good for skin
Coriander may bring along several skin benefits, for conditions such as mild rashes like dermatitis. Its extract has also been used to help with ant–ageing as well as skin damage from UVB radiation.
4. May help to lower blood sugar
Coriander seeds, as well as its extract and oils are said to help lower blood sugar, an important part of managing diabetes.
That said, do note that studies that support coriander’s medicinal value are not significant to date. However, to those who love it, it does have general health benefits as a vegetable, so by all means, use it to make flavourful food!
Coriander smells spicy and warm in nature. It is said to relieve sweating and rash, be good for digestion and gut health, awakening of the spleen and neutralising. In some traditional cultures, this antioxidant-rich herb is used to treat symptoms such as early-stage measles, indigestion and poor appetites. Coriander seeds are also known to be home remedies for infections such as coughs and colds.