Coriander health benefits
At AMALAwellness’ headquarters, we love adding coriander to our food. We eat primarily plant-based and love not only the flavour, but the myriad of health benefits associated with this super herb.
– What is coriander? –
Coriander is an aromatic, herbaceous plant. Although all parts of the plant are edible, the fresh leaves and seeds are traditionally used in cooking. It grows all around the world and is used in many cuisines to add spice and flavour. It also has a myriad of health benefits.
Coriander / Cilantro, what is the difference?
Interesting fact: In America, the seeds of the plant are typically known as coriander and the leaves are called cilantro, however in the UK the leaves and seeds are both known as coriander. Whatever form its in, it provides some impressive, interesting and significant health benefits. This herb is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Read on to learn more about this super herb!
– Amazing health facts –
1. May help lower blood sugar naturally.
Coriander is known to help lower levels of sugar within the blood. This study shows that when added to diets, it helps improve liver function and allows the body to process sugars to reduce the amount in the bloodstream. Coriander aids in the activation of enzymes that process blood glucose effectively.
2. The herb is full of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants.
Antioxidants are Synthetic (man-made) or non-synthetic (natural substances) chemicals that help prevent or delay cell damage. They are found in abundance in fruits, vegetables and teas. Infact, green tea is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic content through a compound called Tannin. Tannin is found in all plants, but found in abundance in coriander. It can also reduce the signs of ageing!
Coriander leaves are full of Vitamin – K ( important for helping blood to clot, helping improve bone density and reducing effects of osteoporosis).
The leaves are also full of Vitamin A – which helps to protect vision, especially as we age. It also plats an important role in maintaining your body’s natural defenses, as well as cell health and production.
3. It can help with alleviating inflammation within the body.
Coriander has shown to reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation within the body is linked to several health conditions, from anxiety and stress to early onset of osteoporosis and heart disease. The antioxidants in coriander have been linked to reduced inflammation and when eaten with a healthy diet, can help to alleviate and even reduce symptoms.
– Making healthy choices daily –
By making healthy choices daily, especially eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day and drinking two litres of water, we can help transform our physical and mental health. By adding fresh herbs and spices to cooking, we get an array of extra vitamins, minerals as well as adding flavour is always welcomed!