Knowing about Spices
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18th Jun 2014, 09:21 PM #11Commander's of Penmai
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Re: Knowing about Spices
Health benefits of coriander leaves
It contains no cholesterol; however, it is rich in antioxidants,essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which help reduce LDL or "bad cholesterol" while increasing HDL or "good cholesterol" levels.
Its contains many essential volatile oils
The leaves and stem tips are also rich in numerous anti-oxidant
The herb is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium,manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of 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
It is also rich in many vital vitamins, including folic-acid,riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene, vitamin-C that is essential for optimum health. Vitamin-C is a powerful natural antioxidant. 100 g of cilantro leaves provides 30% of daily recommended levels of vitamin-C.
It provides 6748 IU of vitamin-A per 100 g, about 225% of recommended daily intake. Vitamin-A, an important fat soluble vitamin and anti-oxidant, isalso required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is alsoessential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids (carotene) helps body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
It is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K; provide about 258% of DRI. Vitamin-Khas a potential role in bone mass building by promoting osteopathic activityin the bones. It also has established role in the treatment ofAlzheimer's diseasepatients by limiting neuronal damagein their brain.
Coriander seed oil has been found application in many traditionalmedicines as analgesic, aphrodisiac, anti-spasmodic, deodorant, digestive,carminative, fungicidal, lipolytic (weight loss), stimulant and stomachic.
This humble backyard herbprovides (% of RDA/100g):
15% of folates,
11% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine),
45% of vitamin C,
225% of vitamin A,
258% of vitamin K,
22% of iron and
18% of manganese
Health benefits of coriander seeds
It contains many plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties.
Coriander seeds have many fatty acids and essential volatile oils.Some important fatty acids include petroselinic acid, linoleic acid (omega 6), oleic acid, and palmitic acid. In addition, the seeds contain essential oils such as linalool(68%), a-pinene (10%), geraniol, camphene, terpine etc. Together; these active principles are responsible for digestive, carminative, and anti-flatulent properties of the seeds.
It is rich in of dietary fiber. 100 g seeds provide 41.9 g of fiber. Much of this fiber is metabolically inert insoluble fiber, which helps increase bulk of the food byabsorbing water throughout the digestive system and help easing constipationcondition.
Dietary fibers bind to bile salts (produced from cholesterol) anddecrease their re-absorption in colon, help lower serum LDL cholesterol levels.Together with flavonoid anti-oxidants, fiber composition of coriander helpsprotect the colon mucus membrane from cancers.
The seeds are an excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium,potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required in the production of redblood cells. Iron is essential for cell metabolism and red blood cellformation. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes thatregulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acidsynthesis. Potassium is an important component of cell andbody fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor forthe powerful anti-oxidant enzyme, superoxidedismutase.
100 g of dry seeds provide21 mg or 35% of RDI of vitamin-C.
It has many vital B-complex vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin,and niacin.
Last edited by wonder; 18th Jun 2014 at 09:26 PM.