Why You Should Fall in Love with Coriander
For hundreds of years, people have used coriander to add a little spice to their food. Part of the cilantro plant, coriander is a dried seed that both flavours food and acts as a natural preservative.
But we’re not going to focus on the great things that it does to your food. Instead, let’s look at the great things that it does to you.
It Lowers Blood Sugar
Having high blood sugar can lead to all sorts of health issues, not least of which is Type-2 diabetes. That’s where coriander comes into play. The seeds essentially soak up the sugars in your blood. The effect is so remarkable that you should avoid coriander if you have low blood sugar.
Coriander works by prompting your body to produce more insulin. Furthermore, it helps you to process carbohydrates. Both mean that it’s an ideal choice of food for diabetics. Of course, you should always check with your doctor first if you have such a condition and wish to add coriander to your diet.
It’s a Digestive Aid
Coriander doesn’t aid your digestive system in the same way that other foods do. It’s not a great source of fibre. Instead, it’s all about how your digestive muscles react to the coriander that you eat.
You see, coriander is capable of helping contracted muscles relax, which has beneficial effects on a range of digestive disorders. Those with constipation or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can use coriander to get their digestive muscles to react that they way that they should.
It also lowers the guy pain that can come from such issues, as well as solving the dreaded bloated tummy problem.
It Lowers Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can have catastrophic effects on your body, not least in terms of the heart conditions that it can lead to. However, it’s also linked to other conditions, such as strokes and blood clots.
Those with high blood pressure can use coriander to regulate themselves. That’s because coriander is a diuretic, which those with high blood pressure need to keep their blood flow under control.
It’s an Antimicrobial Food
Have you heard of antimicrobials? These are food that can combat unhealthy bacteria to ensure they don’t get into your body. On a practical level, antimicrobial foods are a natural way to prevent food poisoning.
Coriander is one of them. It contains a compound called dodecanal. Several studies have shown that dodecanal can combat the effects of salmonella, and it’s even used in several medications. Seasoning your food with coriander gives you a similar beneficial effect to these medications, thus protecting your gut from poorly-prepared foods. Of course, that’s not something that you’ll have to worry about with the Urban Kitchen range. However, it’s good to know that a sprinkling of coriander may ease your fears about trying a new dish or visiting an unfamiliar restaurant.
The Final Word
Like all of the ingredients in the Urban Kitchen range, coriander has a beneficial effect on your body. Try our Carrot and Coriander Soup to start experiencing those benefits today.