Coriander also known as Dhaniya in India is commonly used in various cuisines, to add flavour and taste. The seeds of coriander come from the same plant as cilantro (which is the leaves). These seeds appear small and round, are yellowish brown in colour, and possess a lemony citrus flavour.
Coriander is a rich source of potassium, folate, fibre, flavonoids, phytonutrients, phenolic compounds, vitamin A & vitamin K. It has low calories, cholesterol and saturated fats.100 g of dry coriander seeds contain 35% of Vitamin C and 41.9 g of fiber.
Possible health benefits of coriander seed water…
1/8. Promotes digestion
1. Coriander seeds are a good source of dietary fibers and antioxidants which aids in the production of digestive hormones that stimulate enhanced liver function.
2. Dietary fiber further increases the bulk of the food by absorbing water and thereby helps in smooth bowel movements.
3. Coriander seeds possess flatulence relieving properties.
4. These seeds enhance the activity of trypsin, a pancreatic enzyme which breaks down proteins in the small intestine thus, promoting digestion.
5. Coriander seeds are useful in most of the digestion associated conditions such as diarrhoea, bloating, nausea, abdominal pain, etc.
2/8. Promotes heart health
1. Coriander seeds are a good source of zinc, copper, iron and other vital minerals which boost RBC and enhance heart health.
2. Extracts of coriander act as a diuretic thus, flushing excess water and sodium leading to reduction in blood pressure. It further reduces the risk of stroke and blood clot formation.
3. The ascorbic acid, palmitic acid and linoleic acid of coriander accelerates good cholesterol levels, while lowering the bad cholesterol.
3/8. Reduces blood sugar levels
1. Coriander seeds improve the function of the pancreatic beta cells which liberate insulin and regulate blood sugar levels.
2. Blood sugar levels are regulated in the body due to the high content of antioxidants and essential vitamins.
4/8. Prevents menstrual irregularities
1. The natural stimulants present in coriander seeds stimulate the endocrine glands to secrete and preserve adequate hormonal balance thus, reducing the menstrual cramps and excessive flow.
2. Consumption of coriander seeds also prevents menstrual irregularities.
5/8. Maintains skin and hair health
1. The high content of Vitamin B, C, K, antioxidants and other essential minerals maintain skin & hair health.
2. Coriander slows down the ageing process and also prevents skin allergies.
3. Aids in promoting hair regrowth and postpones the premature greying of the hair.
4. The antiseptic, anti-fungal, detoxifying, disinfectant and antioxidant properties of coriander keep the skin healthy and clean.
6/8. Prevents anaemia
Regular consumption of coriander seeds, which is a good source of iron, can boost the iron levels hence, preventing anaemia.
7/8. Good for the bones
1. High content of calcium present in coriander seeds maintains good bone health.
2. Coriander seeds help in the regrowth and durability of bones thus restricting bone degeneration.
8/8. Other possible health benefits…
Coriander seed water also helps in cases of irregular periods in women due to hormonal imbalances, in treating cold and flu, keeping cholesterol in check, promotes weight loss, flushes out toxins from body, in relieving symptoms of arthritis, treats conjunctivitis, boosts neurological health due to presence of linalool which reduces stress levels, prevents mental degeneration and has anticonvulsant properties. It also protects against different types of cancers.
Coriander Seeds help lower inflammation, raise immunity, help DETOX amongst other benefits.
How to make coriander seed water?
Take whole coriander and soak it in 2 litres of water. Cover it overnight. Then take this water and consume it in the morning on empty stomach.