Six diseases you can fight by increasing your coriander in-take

Wardha Hussain Rizvi Aug 04 2015
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Coriander is more than just a green, leafy vegetable. It is our ultimate calcium supplement, our way to reduce cholesterol, lessen our inflammations and give relief to various skin allergies.

This is not just useful in culinary applications but is also an essential component for treating diabetes. It is richly packed with many essential oils, vitamins and minerals.

Here are the different diseases that coriander can help us fight.

DIARRHEA

Diarrhea is a very common condition faced by many people due to irritable bowel syndrome or other fungal infections. It can be excruciatingly painful and can result in severe mineral losses in the patient. Coriander contains Borneol and Linalool which are two of its essential oils. They help the body in bowel movements and also help the liver in bowel bonding. It not only helps to reduce the diarrhea but it can also help to cure diarrhea caused by other microbial or fungal infections. This is because it is rich in other essential oils that help reduce the antibacterial fungal effects.

HIGH CHOLESTERAL LEVELS

Another disease which can be curbed with the use of coriander is high cholesterol. Coriander increases good cholesterol levels (HDL) in our body and decreases the bad cholesterol levels (LDL). It is enriched with vitamin C and stearic acid, both of which keep the blood cholesterol level to a minimum. Not only that, they also prevent the clogging of arteries by preventing cholesterol deposition along the lumen. It also gives rise to a higher quantity of HDLs in our blood thereby creating a major preventive measure against heart-related diseases.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

Hypertensive patients should increase their coriander intake as it is reported to help in lowering blood pressure levels. It is loaded with calcium which interacts with acetylcholine in the nervous system. This interaction brings about relaxation in the blood vessels and hence reduces the chances of any heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular conditions.

ANEMIA

Moreover, coriander leaves can do wonders for anemic people. Anemia is the condition where people have low iron content in their blood, causing shortness of breath and inability to carry out vigorous exercises. These leaves are rich in iron and therefore help in the synthesis of hemoglobin in the body, which also ultimately means a higher amount of oxygen would now be delivered to the extremities.

TYPHOID

A bacterium, Salmonella, found in the intestinal tract, causes typhoid and fever in people. Coriander can prove to be a very effective herbal remedy to ease this disease. As a matter of fact, using coriander for curing salmonella is said to be twice as effective as curing with antibiotics. They are rich in dedocinal, which is a natural compound helpful in treating typhoid.

DIABETES

The use of coriander can help improve the quality of life for diabetic patients. Coriander leaves taken with food help in absorption and assimilation of sugars in the food. Coriander has stimulating effects on the pancreas which begins to secrete the hormone insulin. Insulin, in turn, makes the cell more permeable to glucose and therefore a drop is seen in the blood glucose level, bringing it nearer to the normal level.

After going through so many benefits of coriander, it is saddening to see people still neglecting the use of it in their diet and tossing them off in the trash after finishing their meal. It is time we start treating this food with the respect it deserves.

Wardha Hussain Rizvi

Wardha Hussain Rizvi:

Wardha is currently a student of M.B.B.S second year in Ziauddin University and aspires to be the best dermatologist in Pakistan. Due to her dissatisfaction with the current health industry she is doing her bit in creating health awareness by freelance writing for HTV, Pakistan's most effective health platform.