Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Health Benefits of Coriander Seeds

The Health Benefits of Coriander Seeds

Coriander, an herb native to Europe, North Africa and parts of Asia, is used in Chinese, Thai, Indonesian and Middle Eastern cuisines for its pungent leaves, known as cilantro, as well as for its seeds. Coriander seeds have a spicy citrus-like flavor and are used in dishes ranging from curries to beer and are also used in some pickling recipes. The seeds of coriander, a commonly-grown garden plant, have a variety of possible health benefits.

Blood Sugar

Coriander lowers blood sugar and acts as an antioxdant, according to a study published in the January 2011 issue of the "Indian Journal of Experimental Biology." In diabetic laboratory animals, coriander seed powder markedly lowered blood sugar and insulin levels. It also helped restore levels of antioxidants, chemicals that help protect the body from free radicals. These chemicals can raise your risk of chronic disease, such as cancer and heart problems. Damage to the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas that could result from free radicals was also reduced in coriander-fed animals. Further research to confirm their results in humans is still needed.

nsulin

Coriander could also increase insulin secretion, according to a study published in the March 2009 issue of the journal "Phytotherapy Research." The preliminary study on laboratory animals, conducted at the Department of Biology, Islamic Azad University, Varamin, Iran, showed that 200 milligrams of coriander seed extract per kilogram of body weight significantly reduced blood sugar and increased insulin release from the pancreas. Similar studies on human subjects are still lacking, so consult your doctor before consuming coriander to improve your insulin production.

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