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Health Benefits of Cilantro and Coriander Seed

September 5, 2019 by

Cilantro and coriander seed are both a part of the plant genus Coriandum sativum, they are just two names that indicate two stages of development for this plant. Cilantro is the initial stage of the life cycle that produces leaves. After the plant blooms flowers, it develops coriander seeds.

Unlike a lot of other plants, coriander is both an herb and a spice. In this article, we will use the genus term “Coriandum sativum” to refer to both stages of this plant’s life cycle.

When it is in its leaf form, this plant is a potent anticonvulsant. It is also rich in folate and vitamin C and may even help your body detox heavy metals such as lead and mercury.

Cilantro leaves are also dense in a potassium channel-activating anticonvulsant, which means it may reduce symptoms of epileptic seizures. Cilantro activates certain potassium channels that are responsible for managing the electrical activity in your brain, which means it can reduce seizure activity. One specific component of cilantro, called dodecenal, latches onto part of your potassium channels to expand them and reduce cellular excitability.

This discovery is important because it may lead to an effective use of this herb as an anticonvulsant, or could inspire drug companies to develop safer and possibly more impactful anticonvulsant drugs.

Cilantro has also been thought to be able to fight cancer, reduce inflammation, act as an antifungal, and antibacterial agent. It also has heart-protecting properties and is good for your intestinal health.

When in its seed form, this plant has been used for its health benefits to treat dysentery, bronchitis, sleep problems, and anxiety. People also create topical ointments using coriander seed to offer relief for arthritis and pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

The main active ingredient in this seed is linalool, which is responsible for its pleasant smell. Linalool has been studied for its ability to reduce oxidative stress, improve the management of diabetes, lower blood sugar levels, and improve mood. It is also known to improve one’s memory, reduce anxiety, reduce memory deficits, reduce pain, inhibit microbial growth such as fungal infections that impact the skin and infections that have been caused by E. coli, staph, and listeria.

When used topically, coriander seed essential oil can help treat contagious skin infections caused by staph or other bacteria, wound care, and outbreaks of herpes simplex.

When it comes to safety dosage and guidelines, coriander oil and linalool are not toxic, which means this essential oil is safe to be used as a food additive at the levels that are approved for use.

Traditional medicine sets the dosage at 1-5 grams of coriander seed powder up to three times a day for someone weighing 154 pounds. You can also use this seed to make tea by using 4 to 30 grams of seed in 3.5 ounces of boiling water.

This plant is used to create many household medicines to help relieve colds, fever, nausea, stomach disorders, rheumatism, and pain in the joints. Many of its healing properties are due to its large amount of phytonutrients.

As an herb, cilantro is usually either loved or hated by people. While some people believe it tastes like soap, others enjoy it. Studies have found that there is a genetic component that determines whether or not a person can tolerate this herb. Scientists have uncovered that people who dislike cilantro have taste and smell receptors that can smell the aldehyde chemicals that are found in both cilantro and soap.

If you enjoy the taste of cilantro, you can gain from its health benefits. Buy organic cilantro to avoid pesticides and to get the richest flavor. When shopping, look for fresh cilantro that has bright green leaves, without any yellow discoloration. When bought fresh, cilantro can last in the refrigerator for up to a week, or even longer if you put the fresh stems into water and loosely cover it with a plastic bag.

Cilantro doesn’t need any additional flavoring added to it when it is being used for cooking, as its potent flavor is enough to make a dish flavorful. Because of this, people often use raw and fresh cilantro leaves to create many healthy recipes such as salads or salsas.

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