Coriander, commonly known as dhaniya, especially in our Indian kitchen. In India, foods without coriander, which have a broad application in garnishing the dishes, and also in making a special kind of chutney (sauce) out of it, seems to be incomplete. But these uses of coriander are tip of the iceberg, the whole lot of its uses is still left. Though it’s the most commonly used food ingredient in India, but anything used in our kitchen holds many other uses in its hands besides being used in food, and so has coriander seeds. Coriander seeds can make the food a lot tastier but on the same page it can help you get healthier. Coriander seeds are well known for being used as home remedy to cure a disease. It’s a herb which has wide range of benefits in keeping us healthy or to cure a disease.
Coriander seed is an undervalued herb, because of its untaught benefits. It holds an excellent amount of nutrition value. They are rich in iron, manganese, magnesium and dietary fiber and vitamin C and K and protein. They have small yet good amount of calcium, phosphorous, potassium, thiamin, niacin and carotene. Below is the quantitative nutrition chart of coriander seeds:
Fat 16.1 g
Protein 14.1 g
Phosphorus 370 mg
Calcium 630 mg
Iron 18 mg
Carbohydrates 54.2 g
Vitamin B1 0.2 mg
Vitamin A 1570 IU
Below are 10 most effective ways, how can consumption of coriander seeds can make you healthier or cure a disease:
1. Weight loss:
Coriander seeds proves to be very effective in losing weight bedicause of being rich in vitamins and minerals. Boil water with coriander seeds soaked in it and keep it for a night and sip water throughout, the next day.
2. Improve thyroid conditions:
Consumption of coriander seeds, like a coriander tea, smoothie, water or direct eating can help people suffering with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. Because of its richness in vitamins and minerals help in balancing the hormonal levels.
Coriander seeds help in maintaining insulin level and also reduces the glucose level in the blood. Diabetes can be controlled by soaking coriander seeds in water overnight and drinking it next day.
4. Treats smallpox:
Coriander seeds have antioxidant, antimicrobial and detoxifying properties in abundance. They help in strengthening the immune system and also are well known for reducing pain, itching and creating a soothing effect on the small pox areas. Intake of vitamin C has proven to be beneficial in this situation.
5. Prevents and treats anemia:
It’s a disease which is caused by lack of iron in the blood, and holds the symptoms, such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath, extreme fatigue and decreased cognitive functioning. Coriander seeds can help one cure the disease and also enhances strength and energy and hence targeting the symptoms of anemia directly. Drink coriander tea as often as possible in order to cure anemia.
6. Helps in keeping skin healthy:
Skin problems like dryness, fungal infections and eczema can be cured by using coriander seeds, because of its antioxidant, anti-infection properties. Make a paste of coriander seeds with some water in it and mix it well with honey and apply on the infected areas.
7. Controls cholesterol:
Consuming coriander seeds can help our body reduce bad cholesterol and gain good cholesterol. Presence of vitamin C in coriander seeds helps in reducing bad cholesterol.
8. Improves cardiac health:
Coriander seeds proves to be beneficial in improving cardiac health and preventing the body from other heart diseases. Cardiac health can be improved by drinking coriander seeds soaked in water for at least 2-3 times a day.
9. Prevents abdominal pains:
Abdominal pains caused by menses can be prevented by coriander seeds. Consumption of coriander seed water amalgamated with sugar can help one reduce menstrual pain.
10. Treats and prevents conjunctivitis:
Presence of high antioxidant content in coriander seeds can help in treating red eye and other eye-related infections. By washing eyes as often as possible with boiled coriander water, after cooling down to the room temperature, can help in reducing the eye-related issues.
Can Garlic Help In Controlling Cholesterol? Our Expert Has The Answer
High levels of bad cholesterol or LDL cholesterol in your blood can increase risks of heart disease. It is thus important to ensure that your cholesterol levels are under control at all times. Low density lipoprotein (LDL) and high density lipoprotein (HDL) are the two kinds of cholesterol , where the former is referred to as the bad cholesterol and the latter as good cholesterol. While cholesterol is made in the liver, there are certain foods that can increase cholesterol levels. These foods are primarily those high in saturated and trans fat. Similarly, there are foods that lower your cholesterol levels, and one such food item is garlic.
Garlic is a spice which is popular for its benefits on digestion, high blood pressure and inflammation to name a very few. However, there are some studies which talk about cholesterol improving properties of garlic as well.
WebMD says that garlic may reduce total cholesterol in the body by a few percentage points. This however, may only be for the short term. It further adds that garlic may prolong bleeding and blood clotting time. Thus, intake of garlic should be avoided before surgery or intake of any blood thinning drugs.
We ask clinical nutritionist Dr Rupali Datta about garlic and its cholesterol-reducing properties. She says, “Allicin is the active compound in garlic, which may be contributing to lowering cholesterol. However, it is more effective in controlling heart diseases vis a vis blood thinning and its anti-inflammatory properties. There are some studies which have talked about minor effect of garlic on cholesterol,” she says.
Foods that help in lowering cholesterol
Legumes are rich in minerals, fibre and protein. Some studies say that including legumes in your diet can lower bad cholesterol in the body.
Healthline mentions that some vegetables contain soluble fibre that can help in reducing cholesterol levels in the body. Vegetables like eggplants, carrots and potatoes can all be included in your diet to keep cholesterol and weight under control. They are good for heart health.
3. Berries and fruits:
Fruits are rich in soluble fibre that help in lowering cholesterol levels in the body. Berries and grapes contain plant compounds that can increase good cholesterol and reduce bad cholesterol in the body.
4. Almonds and walnuts:
Including nuts in your diet can be good for heart health. Nuts contain monounsaturated fats. Walnuts contain omega 3s and almonds contain L-arginine, which is an amino acid that helps the body make nitric oxide. This helps in regulating blood pressure.
5. Fatty fish:
Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and tune are rich sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3s are good for heart health as they reduce inflammation and stroke risk, and increase levels of good cholesterol in the body.
(Dr Rupali Datta is Consultant Nutritionist at Fortis Escorts)
Most hip and knee replacements ‘last longer than thought’
Eight out of 10 knee replacements and six out of 10 hip replacements last as long as 25 years, said a large study from the University of Bristol.
This is much longer than believed, the researchers said, and the findings will help patients and surgeons decide when to carry out surgery, BBC reported.
To date, there has been little data on the success of new hips and knees.
But this Lancet research looked at 25 years’ worth of operations, involving more than 500,000 people.
Hip and knee replacements are two of the most common forms of surgery in National Health Service (NHS), but doctors often struggle to answer questions from patients on how long the implants will last.
Nearly 200,000 of the operations were performed in 2017 in England and Wales, with most carried out on people between 60 and 80 years old.
Dr. Jonathan Evans, orthopedic registrar, lead study author and research fellow at Bristol Medical School said, “At best, the NHS has only been able to say how long replacements are designed to last, rather than referring to actual evidence from multiple patients’ experiences of joint replacement surgery.
“Given the improvement in technology and techniques in the last 25 years, we expect that hip or knee replacements put in today may last even longer.”
As the aging population grows, and life expectancy rises, this becomes even more important, Evans added.
Chronic inflammation can lead to memory problems: Study
Acute inflammation, that results from injury and does not heal or is recurring, might lead to thinking problems, say experts. The report, which has been published in Neurology, further states that psychological stress and nagging infection can also trigger chronic inflammation.
In order to arrive at this result, blood tests on 12,336 men and women who were of the average age of 57, were conducted. These reports were then segregated and given a “inflammation composite score” based on factors like clotting, white blood cell count, and other tests. The cognitive facilities of the participants were also assessed through routine tests of verbal fluency, memory and processing speed. The study has been quoted in The New York Times.
After controlling for factors like age, blood pressure, heart disease, education, and many others, it was deduced that more the number of inflammatory factors, greater the chance of cognitive decline over 20 years of follow-up. Decline in memory seems to be strongly associated with inflammation.
“We know that dementia starts earlier than the appearance of symptoms,” Keenan A Walker, lead author and a postdoctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins said. “We’ve shown that levels of inflammation matter for dementia risk. Reducing chronic inflammation involves the same health behaviors that we already know are important for other reasons — regular exercise, healthy diet, avoiding excessive weight gain and so on,” Walker added.