Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is a plant that originates from Southern Europe and the Middle East.
Coriander high is between 30 and 90 cm, its leaves and fruits have a specific smell, and are used as a spice and an addition to many dishes.
Besides being used as a spice, coriander has many positive effects on health because it is rich in essential oils, protein, vitamin C and organic acids.
Its oil contains about 70 percent of linalool and pineol, borneol, geraniol and limonene.
The positive effects on the health of coriander
1. Cleanses the body of toxins and heavy metals
Coriander is one of the best natural cleansers of the body from toxins and heavy metals. This plant is a powerful natural chelate, which means that binds toxins atoms and heavy metals, and expels them from the body.
2. It is a natural remedy for anemia
Coriander contains iron, which is easily absorbed into the blood, and directly helps in the treatment of anemia. If you are anemic, put a handful of fresh coriander into the soup, salad or vegetable dish.
You can mix ground coriander with olive oil, salt and spices and rub it on the bread.
3. Relieves arthritis and rheumatism
Cineole and linoleic acid present in coriander act against rheumatism and arthritis, and are very effective in reducing the swelling resulting from these diseases. Also it’s effective against swelling caused by poor kidney function or anemia, because its ingredients help in removing of excess fluid from the body.
4. Reduces cholesterol and sugar in the blood
Acids found in coriander are very effective in reducing the amount of cholesterol in the blood. In addition, inhibit the accumulation of cholesterol in the arteries and veins.
Thanks to the stimulating effect on the endocrine glands, coriander increases the secretion of insulin from the pancreas and thus aids in the proper assimilation and absorption of sugar in the blood. This feature is very useful for people with diabetes.
5. Normalize digestion
Thanks to special essential oils that contains, coriander helps in proper secretion of enzymes and digestive juices and stimulates digestion. Some elements of the essential oil of coriander facilitate the proper functioning of the liver and intestines.
It is effective for diarrhea caused by bacteria and fungi, because some ingredients of coriander have antibacterial properties.
Fresh coriander leaves stimulate appetite.
6. Relieves menstrual problems
Coriander is a stimulant that stimulates the secretion of endocrine glands. This property helps in establishing the menstrual cycle and relieves menstrual pain.
7. Heal oral ulcers
Citronellol, an ingredient in essential oil of coriander, is an excellent antiseptic. In addition, other ingredients from the plants have antimicrobial activity that prevents sores and ulcers in the mouth. Except of helping in the treatment of ulcers, coriander also freshens breath.
8. Keeps eye health
Coriander is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C, minerals and essential oils that slow down the aging of the eye and the development of eye diseases, and relax the eye muscles.
It has antimicrobial properties that protect the eyes from infectious diseases such as conjunctivitis.
9. Helps with skin diseases
Disinfectant, detoxifying, antiseptic, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties of coriander are ideal for the treatment of skin diseases such as eczema, rough skin or fungal diseases.
Besides coriander helps in the treatment of inflammation and protects the liver. It is supposed that have anticancer properties and is a natural aphrodisiac.
The essential oil of coriander is used in the manufacturing of perfumes.