For thousands of years, people across the world have enjoyed the fresh, citrusy flavor and bright aroma of one of the world’s oldest and most used herbs, coriander (also known as dhaniya or Chinese parsley). But did you know that coriander is well-documented in the scientific literature as having medicinal properties as well?
Coriander is abundant in therapeutic elements that help keep the body nourished and free of toxins. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and is a top pick when it comes to perking up foods with a little extra nutrition. Coriander contains vitamins A and K, as well as high levels of vitamin C and the trace mineral manganese. It also contains an impressive line-up of other vitamins and trace minerals such as B vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium.
Coriander helps to cleanse the body of toxic metals, especially mercury, which ranks among the most dangerous to humans. There are many reasons why it’s so important to keep your body free of heavy metal toxins. If you don’t, they could end up negatively affecting your brain, muscle tissue, endocrine system, and even bone structure. Toxic metals that get into these areas can lead to impaired organ function, hormone imbalances, and oxidative stress – all of which can lead to chronic inflammation and other damage. Beyond its heavy metal busting abilities, coriander has long been used as a natural remedy for upset stomach, including bloating and gas, heartburn, and stomach cramps.
The health benefits of coriander include its use in the treatment of skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, diarrhea, mouth ulcers, anemia, indigestion, menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting eye care. Coriander has also been proven to be beneficial for diabetics, promotes healthy bones, prevents nausea, vomiting and stomach disorders, reduces seasonal allergies, reduces high blood pressure, prevents conjunctivitis and macular degeneration, and eliminates bad breath and heals ulcers.
So the next time you cook, grab a big handful of coriander leaves to use as garnish on your favorite dish.