Whether a South Indian sambar or North’s favorite rajma masala, the taste of coriander (dhania) is synonymous with Indian cuisines.
It is not only the smell and taste of this spice that makes it unique, but also its health benefits. In fact, drinking dhania the water daily helps heal skin and hair problems, and even controls diabetes and cholesterol.
“Coriander contains bioactive phytochemicals that are responsible for a wide range of biological activities, including antioxidant, anticancer, neuroprotective, anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, analgesic, anti-migraine, hypolipidemic, hypoglycemic, hypotensive, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory activities. inflammatory,” notes a research. PubMed article.
Here are the benefits of drinking a glass of coriander water daily:
1. Rich Source of Antioxidants
Coriander leaves and seeds contain antioxidants which are the natural molecules that help neutralize harmful free radicals in our body. According to Medical News Today, having foods high in antioxidants reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, stroke, respiratory disease, immunodeficiency, emphysema, Parkinson’s disease and other inflammatory or ischemic conditions.
2. Anti-anxiety effect
Coriander has been used as a folk medicine in Iran for the treatment of insomnia, according to the African Journal of Plant Science. Coriander extract is also used as a potential sedative and muscle relaxant. All of these decrease the stomach problem and nervous behavior related to anxiety.
Diabetes, blood pressure and cholesterol are some of the common illnesses linked to today’s lifestyle. Cilantro is loaded with medicinal properties and contains several nutrients, including vitamins A, C, and K. The antioxidant properties also help reduce the severity of these lifestyle-related diseases.
4. Cools the body
Dhania the water works as a great cold drink during the summer. It can cool the body and even detoxify the kidneys. It also maintains the body’s water retention capacity, according to a report by NDTV.
5. Fair skin
The iron content and antifungal and antibacterial properties of cilantro help the skin fight acne and result in clear, glowing skin. It even helps in healthy hair growth due to the presence of several vitamins. Adding coriander to hair oil prevents hair breakage and hair loss.
Apart from these, coriander “is used in the preparation of many household medicines to cure bed cold, seasonal fever, nausea, vomiting, gastric disorders and also used as a medicine for indigestion, against worms, rheumatism and pain”.
How to make cilantro or dhania the water:
- Boil one tablespoon of coriander seeds in two cups of water.
- Reduce the portion by half by boiling slowly.
- Turn off the stove and strain the water.
- Drink it on an empty stomach, in the morning.
Edited by Yoshita Rao