Coriandrum sativum seeds are called coriander, while its leaves are called cilantro. In other parts of the world, they’re called coriander seeds and coriander leaves. The plant is also known as Chinese parsley.
Coriander has many culinary uses and health benefits. It may help lower your blood sugar, fight infections, and promote heart, brain, skin, and digestive health.
You can easily add coriander seeds or leaves — sometimes known as cilantro — to your diet.
Many people use coriander in dishes like soups and salsas, as well as Indian, Middle Eastern, and Asian meals like curries and masalas. Coriander leaves are often used whole, whereas the seeds are used dried or ground.
*Health benefits of coriander.*
- It May help lower blood sugar
Coriander seeds, extract, and oils may all help lower blood sugar by activating certain enzymes. In fact, it’s powerful enough that people with low blood sugar should use it cautiously.
- Rich in immune-boosting antioxidants
Coriander is full of antioxidants that demonstrate immune-boosting, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective effects.
- May benefit heart health
Coriander may protect your heart by lowering blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. A spice-rich diet appears to be associated with a lower risk of heart disease.
- May protect brain health
The antioxidants in coriander may reduce brain inflammation, improve memory, and reduce anxiety symptoms, though more research is needed.
- May promote digestion and gut health
Coriander may reduce unpleasant digestive symptoms like bloating and discomfort often experienced by people with IBS. It may also boost appetite among some people.
- May fight infections
Coriander exhibits antimicrobial effects that may help fight foodborne illnesses and pathogens like Salmonella.
- May protect your skin
Coriander contains antioxidants that may protect your skin from aging and sun damage. It may also help treat mild skin rashes.
- Easy to add to your diet Coriander seeds and leaves both come in handy for everyday cooking but offer very different flavors that determine their best uses.
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