Miracle Food: Coriander!

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3. Coriander can improve digestive health

In the traditional medicine of India and China, both ground coriander powder, as well as the leaves, were used to treat a wide variety of gastrointestinal conditions, including nausea, stomach spasms, indigestion, cramps, and flatulence.

 

4. Coriander may help purify heavy metal contamination in food

Adding a little cilantro to your next seafood dish may help reduce your chances of accumulating mercury or other dangerous heavy metals in your body. Over time, cumulative metal toxicity can lead to neurological problems and other health conditions.

The process of removing toxic metals from the body is known as chelation. Coriander is sometimes marketed as a method for removing toxic metal build-up in the body. The truth is a little more complicated. At this time, there is limited evidence that eating coriander will purify harmful metals that have already built up in your body. However, there is some evidence suggesting that eating it at the same time as a food with a high risk of metal contamination, such as certain ocean fish like tuna, will help prevent your body from absorbing as much metal as you otherwise would have.

More research needs to be done, but this is great news for seafood enthusiasts.

 

5. Coriander lowers blood sugar and protects against cardiovascular disease

The risk of heart disease is exacerbated by high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. According to a study published in the Journal of Food Sciences, eating coriander can help lower harmful LDL cholesterol levels and triglycerides, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. This also contributes to lower blood pressure levels, which lowers the risk of stroke.

The same study also pointed out how coriander can help the liver lower blood sugar levels, which is welcome news for those with diabetes.

 

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Coriander is not a miracle food, but it has stood the test of time as a well-rounded and healthy addition to any diet. Pick some up today, see if its unique taste agrees with you, and incorporate it into your healthy lifestyle.

References:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

www.extension.psu.edu

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

www.organicfacts.net

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