Did you know that when we talk about coriander we’re talking about the seed of the coriander plant, also known as cilantro? It’s true! Coriander and cilantro are essentially the same things. That green herb many of us call cilantro is actually known as the coriander plant to many people around the world.
Coriander is a leafy aromatic herb that after blooming produces coriander seeds that can be purchased whole or in a powder form.
People tend to either love or hate coriander, but there is no denying that it offers a slew of health benefits. Both its leaves and seeds pack a punch in the flavor and nutrition departments.
Let’s take a look at what coriander seeds can do for us:
Salmonella protection. If you end up eating something that’s carrying salmonella-causing bacteria, enough coriander in your system can possibly prevent you from developing an illness from the offending food.
Heavy metal removal. It’s easier than you might think to ingest metals like mercury and lead. Coriander has been found to take dangerous metals like lead, aluminum, and mercury right out of our bodies. Avoid being a metalhead and eat coriander. It’s said that this spice can actually remove those heavy metals from your brain!
Gas prevention. A little coriander seed can settle your tummy and prevent gas.
Anti-inflammatory. Coriander can help arthritis sufferers by soothing inflamed joints. Make a tea out of coriander seeds and water and see if it brings you some relief.
UTI prevention. If you suffer from urinary tract infections, try adding some coriander to your diet.
Lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Add some coriander to your daily intake and you may find your blood sugar levels even out. You may also find that your LDL cholesterol levels decrease and your HDL (good cholesterol) levels increase.
Coriander is rich in dietary fiber, iron, and magnesium. Coriander seeds can reduce menstrual flow while cilantro leaves mixed with turmeric can help treat blackheads and pimples. Coriander even works as an antihistamine!
Homegrown coriander is far superior to the packaged spice you find in stores, so if you’re a fan of the spice, why not try your hand at growing your own? It’s dead easy to grow in your own planter and when it takes, you get an herb and a spice all in one!
Now how do you go about enjoying all that coriander?
• Sprinkle some coriander into your pancake batter
• Add coriander to chickpea dishes
• Buy a pepper mill and dedicate it to coriander seeds! Leave it at the table with your pepper grinder and add this healthy spice to any foods you like
• Warm some coconut (or almond) milk and add cinnamon, honey and powdered coriander for a lovely, comforting drink
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