Have you been missing out on the bountiful health benefits of the most common herb? Almost omnipresent in any kitchen, coriander is also called Cilantro. Cilantro is loaded with micronutrients and dietary fiber. It’s a handy source of magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium and vitamins such as beta-carotene. In fact, some studies have shown that fresh coriander juice has about the same amount of antioxidant beta-carotene as in double the amount of broccoli juice.
This herb increases good cholesterol in our body and is effective in reducing the bad one. It also works wonders for skin problems like fungal infections and eczema with its antifungal, antiseptic and antioxidant elements. As a detoxification agent, cilantro can be used to benefit a certain organ or offer overall detoxification. Whichever method we choose, this herb promises to promote our general feeling of wellbeing. Here are a few ways in which cilantro or coriander can used effortlessly for a healthier life.
Top 5 Detoxification Benefits of Coriander (Cilantro)
As we all know, liver is one of the most important organs in our body. From detoxifying the blood of alcohol and medicine residues to helping our digestive system deal with fat better, it does it all. Additionally, it offers a helping hand to our body’s metabolism as well as immune system. Being such an important gland, it is only fair that we should take a bit more care of it. Linalool, a powerful antioxidant found in coriander helps us do just that. It helps detoxify the liver and promotes bile production for better digestion and absorption of food. Interestingly, the leaves of coriander are more potent than the seeds in this case. Using coriander to garnish dishes and salads is a good way of gently introducing this marvelous herb in your daily diet.
Combating heavy metal toxicity:
Modern lifestyle makes us prone to many types of heavy metal deposits in our body. Common things like getting vaccinated, using deodorants or regular water supply, getting dental metal fittings, using aluminum foil and even taking antacids open us up to heavy metal toxicity. The metal residues bond with tissues of the brain, central nervous system and different internal organs. Eventually, they assist quite a few health issues like dementia, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s , Parkinson’s, kidney issues and generally impact the smooth functioning of major organs of our body.
The chelation agents in cilantro bind to these heavy metals and loosen their grip on brain and other body tissues. These freed-up particles then get transferred to the blood and lymph, and are flushed out of the body. Including coriander in our daily diet as garnishing or drinking coriander-infused detox drinks regularly is a great way of detoxifying the body of heavy metal toxic agents. Take a handful of fresh clean coriander leaves and roughly chop them up. Boil these for 10 minutes in a glass of drinking water, let it cool and strain. You can add a dash of lemon juice and a pinch of salt to make it more appealing to the taste buds. Sip on it whenever you have time throughout the day.
Mental de-stressing works in a very similar way to physical detoxification. In fact, it helps maintain a detoxified body by minimizing the chemical imbalance in our body as a result of stress and worry. Coriander has great anxiolytic powers. In many cultures, it is widely used to soothe symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress. Cilantro replenishes the body with vitamin B that helps calm us down, feel relaxed and de-stressed. As such, it also helps in getting quality sleep.
Here’s a simple de-stressing and calming drink. Mix one tablespoon of coriander juice in a glass of cucumber and celery juice. Season lightly with salt and pepper if needed. It is best taken towards end of the day to help relax and calm down after a hectic day.
Well, here’s one thing that has intrigued us humans for ages. Fables of youth fountains and whatnot have been doing the rounds since there have been fairy tales. However, what most of us are actually looking for is not to look like a 10-year-old when we are actually 90, but ageing beautifully and gracefully. What speeds up the wrinkles, sagging skin, pigmentation, vision disorders and macular degeneration are free radicals and the oxidative stress they cause. Green cilantro leaves are better than the seeds for vision health.
Coriander carries loads of goodness like vitamin A and C, phosphorus, beta-carotene and powerful antioxidants. These not only promote healthy skin, mucus membranes and vision, but also slows down the onset of many diseases mostly associated with old age. Blend a handful of cilantro (leaves and stems) with 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel, 1 egg white and 2 tablespoons oatmeal. Apply this skin-firming paste to your face and leave it on for 20 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water. Repeat it 2 to 3 times a week. You can also make it a part of your beauty regimen to delay and minimize the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin. Always remember, natural remedies are longer lasting but take more time than most over-the-counter beauty potions.
Reducing oxidative stress caused by free radicals helps minimize chronic degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, heart diseases and even lowers the risk for cancer and diabetes. Cilantro contains vitamin C that is not only a natural antioxidant but also in combination with the iron present in this herb, it boosts our body’s immune system. Additionally, it helps us smell good and avoid body odor. Body odor is generally caused by collection of excess bacteria in the feet and under our arms. The antioxidant properties of coriander help minimize this by flushing out bacteria promoting agents and toxins from the body through the liver and kidneys. To enhance your feeling of general wellbeing, both inside and out, make it a part of your daily diet in any form you like.
Easy Coriander Fixes for Nagging Everyday Problems
Acne, pimples and blackheads:
At some point or other, all of us have dealt with these pesky ill-timed additions to our face. However, here too coriander comes in handy. For pimples and acne, make a paste of coriander leaves and add a pinch of turmeric powder. Apply on the affected area for about half an hour and wash off with lukewarm water. Do it once a day and repeat if necessary. For blackheads, add a dollop of milk to this paste, apply and rub it off when dry.
Stimulate new hair growth:
Apply coriander juice to the scalp one hour before washing your hair. Do it at least twice a week. Or, you can make coriander infused oil by adding crushed coriander seed powder in about 1:3 ratio to hair oil of your choice, preferably almond, coconut or olive oil. Keep it aside for 15-20 days. Massage it into the scalp twice a week, preferably leave it on overnight before shampooing it off the next day.
Take a bowl of drinking water and add a tablespoon of coriander seeds. Boil, strain and cool. Damp a piece of cotton wool in this concoction and place it on the affected eye for 10-15 minutes. Repeat as needed.
There are loads of other health benefits too to be derived from this aromatic herb. Coriander seeds offer hypoglycemic benefits and is thus known as an anti-diabetic food additive in some parts of Europe. In India too, coriander is known for it’s anti-inflammatory qualities and is used abundantly for stomach problems. Additionally, it helps a lot with the symptoms of nausea. The health benefits of cilantro were known even as far back as the time of Hippocrates who advocated it’s use for medicinal purposes. Whether using it as face pack, infused oil, detox drink, as a spice or as garnish, coriander helps us stay healthy and enjoy a better sense of wellbeing.
How do you like to use coriander? Do you know about other ways of using cilantro for detoxification or general health?
Caution: Like any other food item, coriander too can produce an allergic reaction in some people. So, be aware of any changes in or on your body when you start on a regimen.
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