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The Many Health Advantages Of Corriander leaves

Coriander leave is also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley. It is always used as a seasoning condiment. In addition, coriander leaves water is beneficial for kidney patients. Therefore it is considered both a spice and a herb.

Beneficial properties

Coriander leave is full of phytonutrients and anti-oxidants. Coriander leaves and seeds contain various essential oils that make this herb useful for usage in traditional medicines. It is anti-septic, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and is a very good source of vitamins A, C, K.

What’s more, coriander leave has some diuretic and detoxifying ingredients. Coriander leave is a natural cleaner of the kidney. Besides, The properties of anti-oxidants, rich phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins in coriander leaves all work significantly to boost the body’s overall immunity system and protect kidneys from infections.

The health benefits of coriander include its use in the treatment of skin inflammation , high cholesterol levels,diarrhea, mouth ulcers, anemia,coriander11 indigestion, menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting eye care.

Coriander, commonly known as Dhania in the Indian Subcontinent and Cilantro in the Americas and some parts of Europe, “Ebolo” in South West of Nigeria, is an herb that is extensively used around the world as a condiment, garnish, or decoration on culinary dishes. Its scientific name is Coriandrum Sativum L. Its leaves and fruits have a recognizable and pleasant aroma and are commonly used raw or dried for culinary applications.

Nutritional Value of Coriander

Its uses in global food preparation is only the tip of the iceberg. Unbeknownst to many people, coriander is packed with potential health benefits that most people completely miss when they toss this garnish into the garbage after eating their meal. It has eleven components of essential oils, six types of acids (including ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin-C), minerals and vitamins, each having a number of beneficial properties. A more complete list is given below.

Health benefits of coriander leaves

Skin inflammation: Cineole, one of the 11 components of the essential oils, and linoleic acid, are both present in coriander, and they possess antirheumatic and antiarthritic properties. They help to reduce the swelling that is caused by these two conditions. For other swelling conditions, such as swelling due to kidney malfunction or anemia, it is also seen to be effective to some extent, because some of the components in coriander help the induce urination and the release of excess water from the body. The reduction in skin inflammation can lead to increased functioning, a reduction in discomfort, and an improvement in skin appearance.

Skin disorders: The disinfectant, detoxifying, antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant properties of coriander are ideal for clearing up skin disorders such as eczema, dryness and fungal infections.

Low cholesterol levels: Some of the acids present in coriander, like linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin-C) are very effective in reducing the cholesterol levels in the blood. They also reduce the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) deposition along the inner walls of the arteries and veins, which can lead to serious cardiovascular issues like artherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. More importantly, coriander helps to raise the levels of healthy cholesterol (HDL), which works as a preventative line of defense against a number of dangerous conditions.coriander

Diarrhea: Some of the components of essential oils found in coriander such as Borneol and Linalool, aid in digestion, proper functioning of the liver and bonding of bowels, while also helping to reduce diarrhea. It is also helpful in curing diarrhea caused by microbial and fungal action, since components like Cineole, Borneol, Limonene, Alpha-pinene & beta-phelandrene have antibacterial effects.

Coriander is also increasingly popular as a means of preventing nausea, vomiting, and other stomach disorders. Its wealth of bioactive compounds means that new health benefits are always being discovered in this power-packed plant.

In addition to these health aspects of the stomach, fresh coriander leaves are excellent appetizers to get your bowels prepared for a large meal.

Blood pressure: Consuming coriander has been shown to positively reduce blood pressure in many patients suffering from hypertension. The interaction of Calcium ions and cholinergic, a neurotransmitter in the peripheral and central nervous system, more commonly know as acetylcholine. The interaction of these two elements relaxes blood vessel tension, thereby reducing the chances of a number of cardiovascular conditions, including heart attacks and strokes.

Mouth ulcers: Citronelol, a component of essential oils in coriander, is an excellent antiseptic. Additionally, other components have antimicrobial and healing effects which keep wounds and ulcers in the mouth from worsening. They help speed up the healing process of ulcers and also freshen breath. Although not in common use in mainstream products, coriander is often used as an antiseptic component of all-natural toothpastes. In fact, before the invention of toothpaste, people would chew on coriander seeds to reduce bad breath!

Anemia: Coriander is high in iron content, which directly helps people who suffer from anemia. Low iron content in the blood can result in shortness of breath, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, and a decrease in cognitive functions. Iron also benefits proper functions of other organ systems, increases energy and strength, and promotes the health of bones.

Anti-allergic properties: Multiple studies have shown coriander to have strong anti-histamine properties that can reduce the uncomfortable affects of seasonal allergies and hay fever (rhinitis). Coriander oil can also be used to reduce allergic reactions to contact with plants, insects, food, and other substances that may cause allergic reactions on the skin or when consumed. Internally, it can ward off anaphylaxis, hives, and dangerous swelling of the throat and glands. It’s never a bad idea to protect yourself against allergic reactions, especially since it is difficult to know what you might be allergic to, until you come in contact with it for the first time!

Salmonella protection: Salmonella is one of the most dangerous causes of food borne illnesses in the world, so any natural way to protect against it is very important. Coriander has unusually high levels of dodecenal, a natural compound that is actually twice as powerful of an antibiotic than the leading treatment for salmonella-based illness. By adding coriander into your normal diet, you protect your body from horribly uncomfortable, and even fatal, illnesses relating to this deadly bacteria. Coriander is commonly found in salsa to add flavor, so dip a chip and protect yourself from food poisoning, the most common way of describing the effects of salmonella.

Bone health: As a rich source of calcium, coriander is of great value for people who want to protect the integrity of their bones. Calcium and other essential minerals found in coriander are integral components of bone regrowth and durability, as well as in the prevention of bone degradation so commonly associated with debilitating diseases like osteoporosis. Adding even a small amount of coriander to your diet can help to keep your bones healthy and strong for years to come. Calcium is particularly present in the center leaves of coriander, so aim for that part of the plant if bone health is your focus!

Digestion: Coriander, due to the rich aroma from its essential oils, helps in the proper secretion of enzymes and digestive juices in the stomach, thereby stimulating digestion and peristaltic motion. It is also helpful in treating eating disorders like anorexia. Besides the pleasant aroma of coriander, it has certain stimulatory qualities, derived from the minerals and neurotransmitters that are stimulated when coriander is ingested. Studies have shown thatdyspepsia (indigestion)is reduced if coriander is regularly added to the diet. For small children, who have a higher chance of developing abdominal colic than adults, small amounts of coriander in their diet can clear the issue up quickly!

Smallpox: The essential oils in coriander are rich in antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-infectious and detoxifying components and acids. The presence of vitamin-C and iron strengthens the immune system as well. These properties help prevent and cure smallpox, and they can also reduce the pain and have a soothing effect on smallpox patients. In the places left in the world where smallpox outbreaks occur, studies have shown massive amounts of vitamin-C have a definite curative effect on smallpox in hundreds of different cases.

Menstrual disorders: Coriander is a natural stimulant, and it regulates proper secretion from the endocrine glands, and that hormonal impact means that it helps regulate proper menstrual cycles and reduces the associated pain during a woman’s period.

Eye care: Coriander is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin-A, vitamin-C and minerals like phosphorous in its essential oils, which prevents vision disorders, macular degeneration and it reduces strain and stress on the eyes. There is also beta-carotene in the leaves, which prevent a number of other diseases that affect the eye, and can even reverse the effects of vision degradation in aging patients.

Conjunctivitis: As discussed earlier, coriander is a very good disinfectant and has antimicrobial properties that protect the eyes from contagious diseases like conjunctivitis. Coriander oil is one of the fundamental components of a number of eye care products.

Blood sugar and diabetes: Due the stimulating effect of coriander on the endocrine glands, the secretion of insulin is increased from pancreas which subsequently increases the insulin level in the blood. This regulates the proper assimilation and absorption of sugar and the resulting drops in the sugar level in the blood. This property is extremely beneficial for patients who suffer from diabetes and other related conditions, in order to lower their chances of dangerous spikes and drops in their blood sugar levels, and to ensure other normal metabolic functions as well.

Other benefits: Coriander helps cure ulcers, inflammation, spasms, while acting as an expectorant and protecting the liver. It is anticarcinogenic, anticonvulsant, antihistaminic and hypnotic. Coriander is believed to be a natural aphrodisiac and traditionally, it was widely used in certain combinations with other herbs to enhance a person’s libido.

How to make coriander leaves water?

Step 1: Take a bunch of coriander leaves and clean it gently.

Step 2: Cut it into small pieces and put it in a pot.

Step 3: Pour clean water and boil it for ten minutes and let it cool down. Step 4: Filter and pour the water in a clean bottle.

Consumption tips

  1. Wrap cilantro (still with the roots) loosely in a piece of newspaper to keep its moisture.
  2. Store it in a plastic bag in your fridge to preserve it for a longer time.

  3. Put a slice of lemon to get a better taste.

  4. Drink one glass one or two days.

 

Word of Caution: There have been very few dangers associated with coriander, but as with almost any food, there is some danger of allergic reaction to it, and in some cases, it can be irritating to the skin. One of the more unusual side effects is that some patients complain of sunlight sensitivity, and that excessive coriander intake makes them more susceptible to sunburn, which could subsequently lead to skin cancer over the long term.

Coriander leaves (cilantros) contain a high level of potassium. For kidney failure patients with hyperkalemia, they should avoid eating coriander or limit the intake of it.

Pregnant women should not take coriander until more established research is done, although some women have claimed that it increases their production of breast milk flow. It is best to be safe, so speak with a doctor before adding coriander to your diet, and pay attention to the response your body has!

 

source: organicfacts, kidney disease hospital etc

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What You Should Know About High Blood Pressure

 

High blood pressure or hypertension – to give it the correct medical term – is regarded as the
silent killer. It is a disease of the modern age. The fast pace of life and the mental and physical
pressures caused by the industrial and metropolitan environments give rise to psychological
tensions. Worry and mental tension increases the adrenaline in the blood stream and this, in
turn, causes the pressure of the blood to rise.
The blood which circulates through the arteries within the body supplies every cell with
nourishment and oxygen. The force exert by the heart as it pumps the blood into the large
arteries creates a pressure within them and this is called blood pressure. A certain level of blood
pressure is thus essential to keep the blood circulating in the body. But when the pressure
becomes too high, it results in hypertension which is caused by spasm or narrowing of the small
blood vessels, known as capillaries, throughout the body. This narrowing puts more stress on
the heart to pump blood through the blood vessels. Hence, the pressure of the blood to get
through rises in proportion to the pressure on the heart.
The blood pressure is measured with the instrument called sphygmomanometer in millimeters of
mercury. The highest pressure reached during each heart beat is called systolic pressure and
the lowest between the two beats is known as diastolic pressure. The first gives the pressure of
the contraction of the heart as it pushes the blood on its journey through the body and indicates
the activity of the heart. The second represents the pressure present in the artery when the heart
is relaxed and shows the condition of the blood vessels. The blood pressure level considered
normal is 120/70, but may go up to 140 /90 and still be normal. Within this range, the lower the
reading, the better. Blood pressure between 140/90 and 160/95 is considered border line area.
From 160/96 to 180/114 , it is classed as moderate hypertension, while 180/115 and upward is
considered severe. A raised diastolic pressure is considered more serious than the raised
systolic pressure as it has a serious long-term effect. The higher the pressure the greater the
danger it causes to the wall.
Symptoms
Mild and moderate hypertension may not produce any symptoms for years. The first symptoms
may appear in the form of pain toward the back of the head and neck on waking in the morning,
which soon disappears. Some of the other usual symptoms of hypertension are dizziness, aches
and pains in the arms, shoulder region, leg, back, etc., palpitations, pain in the heart region,
frequent urination, nervous tension and fatigue, crossness, emotional upset, tiredness and
wakefulness.
A person suffering from high blood pressure cannot do any serious work, feels tired and out of
sorts all the time. He may experience difficulty in breathing and suffer from dyspepsia.
Hypertension, if not eliminated, may cause heart attacks or strokes or other disability conditions
such as detachment of the retina.
Causes
The most important causes of hypertension are stress and a faulty style of living. People who
are usually tense suffer from high blood pressure, especially when under stress. If the stress
continues for a long period, the pressure may become permanently raised and may not become
even after removal of the stress. An irregular life style, smoking and an excessive intake of
intoxicants, tea, coffee, cola drinks, refined foods, destroy the natural pace of life. The expulsion
of waste and poisonous matter from the body is prevented and the arteries and the veins
become slack. hardening of the arteries , obesity, diabetes and severe constipation also lead to
hypertension. Other causes of high blood pressure are excessive intake of pain killers, common
table salt, food allergies and eating a high fat, low fibre diet, processed foods deficient in
essential nutrients.

 

The kidneys play an important role in controlling blood pressure through secretion of rennin, a
natural chemical. If increased rennin is secreted by the kidneys, more salts are retained in the
body, which leads to an increase in the volume of circulating blood and consequently to an
increase in the blood pressure. Repeated infections and inflammation in the kidneys can also
give rise to hypertension.
The Cure
The modern medical treatment of high blood pressure is highly unscientific as it brings down the
pressure by drugs without making any effort to remove the underlying causes. Drugs may
temporarily reduce blood pressure,but they do not cure the condition and are harmful in the
ultimate analysis. All drugs against hypertension without exception, are toxic and have
distressing side effects. The safest way to cure hypertension is to remove the real cause. The
natural way of dealing with it is to eliminate the poisons from the system which cause it.Persons
with high blood pressure should always follow a well-balanced routine of proper diet, exercise
and rest. Diet is of primary importance. Meat and eggs cause the blood pressure to rise more
than any other food. The pressure is lowered and blood clotting diminished by partaking of a
higher fruit content, lower protein and non-flesh diet. A natural diet consisting of fresh fruits and
vegetables, instead of a traditional diet, is helpful in getting rid of the poisons from the body. A
hypertension patient should start the process of healing by living on an exclusive fruit-diet for
atleast a week, and take fruits at five-hourly intervals thrice in the day. Oranges, apples, pears,
mangoes, guava, pineapples, raspberry, water-melon are the best diet in such cases. Bananas
and jack fruit should not be taken. Milk may be taken after a week of ‘fruits only’ diet. The milk
should be fresh and should be boiled only once. The patient can be permitted cereals in his food
after two weeks.
Vegetables are also good for the patient of hypertension. They should preferably be taken raw. If
they are cooked, it should be ensured that their natural juices are not burnt in the process of
cooking. Vegetables like cucumber, carrot, tomatoes, onion, radish, cabbage and spinach are
best taken in their raw form. They may be cut into small pieces and sprinkled with a little salt and
the juice of a lemon added to them so as to make them more palatable.
Garlic is regarded as one of the most effective remedies to lower blood pressure. The pressure
and tension are reduced because it has the power to ease the spasms of the small arteries.
Garlic also slows the pulse and modifies the heart rhythm besides relieving the symptoms of
dizziness, numbness, shortness of breath and the formation of gas within the digestive tract. The
average dosage should be two to three capsules a day to make a dent in the blood pressure.
Indian gooseberry (amla) is another effective food remedy for high blood pressure. A
tablespoonful each of fresh amla juice and honey mixed together should be taken every morning
in this condition. Lemon is also regarded as a valuable food to control high blood pressure. It is a
rich source of vitamin P which is found both in the juice and peel of the fruit. This vitamin is
essential for preventing capillary fragility.
Watermelon is another valuable safeguard against high blood pressure. It was proved in recent
experiments that a substance extracted from watermelon seeds has a definite action in dilating
the blood vessels, which results in lowering the blood pressure.
Recent studies have revealed an important link between dietary calcium and potassium and
hypertension. Researchers have found that people who take potassium-rich diets have a low
incidence of hypertension even if they do not control their salt-intake. They have also found that
people with hypertension do not seem to get much calcium in the form of dairy products. The
two essential nutrients seem to help the body throw off excess sodium and are involved in
important functions which control the working of the vascular system. Potassium is found in
abundance in fruits and vegetables and calcium in dairy products.
Exercise plays an important role in curing hypertension. Walking is an excellent form of exercise.
It helps to relieve tension, builds up the muscles and aids in the circulation of blood. As the blood
pressure shows signs of abating, more exercise like bicycling, swimming, jogging should be
taken.

 

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