Coriander, commonly known as dhaniya in the Indian Subcontinent and cilantro in America and some parts of Europe, is an herb that is extensively used around the world as a condiment, garnish, or decoration on culinary dishes. Its scientific name is Coriandrum sativum. Its leaves and fruits have a recognizable and pleasant aroma and are commonly used raw or dried for culinary applications.
Treats Skin Disorders
The disinfectant, detoxifying, antiseptic, antifungal, and antioxidant properties of coriander are ideal for clearing up skin disorders such as eczema, dryness, and fungal infections. The oil of coriander has been patented for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
The acids present in coriander, like linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) are very effective in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood. They also reduce the level of bad LDL cholesterol deposition along the inner walls of the arteries and veins, which can lead to serious cardiovascular issues like heart attacks, atherosclerosis, and strokes. More importantly, this herb helps to raise the levels of healthy HDL cholesterol, which works as a preventative line of defence against a number of dangerous conditions.
Due to the stimulating effect of coriander on the endocrine glands, the secretion of insulin is increased from the pancreas which subsequently increases the insulin level in the blood. This
regulates the proper assimilation and absorption of sugar and the resulting drops in the sugar level in the blood. This property is extremely beneficial for patients who suffer from diabetes and other related conditions, in order to lower their chances of dangerous spikes and drops in their blood sugar levels and to ensure other normal metabolic functions as well.