Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum) also known as cilantro in English and Dhania in Hindi, is one of those culinary spices used for flavouring and garnishing and should be a part of your daily diet. Coriander leaves are traditionally used for flavouring curries and soups in Asian dishes.
Nutritionally, cilantro is rich in minerals that include copper, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, sodium, potassium, zinc and phosphorus. Vitamins present in cilantro include vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin and pantothenic acid. Potassium is an important component for cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is essential for red blood cell production. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
In Ayurvedic medicine, coriander leaves are used as a carminative, refrigerant, diuretic and aphrodisiac. In household medicines, it is used to treat stomach disorders and nausea.
"Cilantro extracts, seeds, stems and leaves are reservoirs for phenolic compounds which carry potent antioxidant activities which consequently help in maintaining good health by counteracting the damage caused by oxidative stress present at different locations in the body." HHI
Antioxidants are beneficial for health because they have cancer protective properties, which are manifested through various pathways including triggering immune cells against tumor cells. The The minerals and vitamins in cilantro helps in improving the immune system, bone health, heart health, the nervous system, oxygenated blood circulation and overall cellular and tissue growth in the human body; which collectively all impacts human health.
Creamy Avo Coriander Raita
A lovely refreshing dressing great with your salads and wraps.
1 cup dairy free raw vegan yogurt
1 tbsp Lime or Lemon Juice
1 Handful Coriander/Cilantro, finely chopped
1 1/2 Avocados, mashed
1 Cup Water
1 peg Garlic
1 Pinch Cayenne
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 Tsp. ground Kelp
Blend all ingredients gently together on a slow setting until smooth.
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