The various seasonings and spices that we so love to add to food not only add spicy taste to the dishes, but also improve our health. For example, useful properties of coriander were known even in ancient Egypt.
In cooking, both the fruits (seeds) of coriander and its greens (more commonly known as coriander) are widely used. A in folk medicine, the fruits of coriander were used as an anthelmintic and in diseases of the digestive tract. Infusion of coriander fruits was used as a cold and an analgesic, to improve appetite and combat meteorism.
In modern medicine, the beneficial properties of coriander are used to treat gastritis, stomach and duodenal ulcers. In this case, the fruits of coriander serve as an analgesic and antiseptic. Note that the greens of coriander in this case can not be used!
In the green of coriander contains vitamin C, therefore it was actively used for treatmentscurvy. And green coriander is a valuable source of B vitamins (B1, B2), vitamin P and vitamin A. It also contains potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron and iodine.
Preparations made from fruits of coriander are used to improve digestion and appetite, like choleretic, antihemorrhoid, wound healing and expectorant. Also coriander is used to improve the taste and smell of medicines: in a strongly diluted form, its essential oil acquires a very pleasant smell and taste. Linalool (the substance contained in the essential oil of coriander) is added to the antibacterial drops used to treat ARVI. Coriander is also beneficial for the cardiovascular system.
Useful properties of coriander allow use it in medicinal teas and dues. For example, the composition of cholagogue tea includes fruits of coriander, flowers of immortelle, leaves of mint and trefoil.
And with greenery of coriander it is good to season heavy food(root crops, meat, food with an abundance of starch). Essential oil, which is contained not only in fruits, but also in green coriander, improves digestion, so food will be absorbed more quickly and will not leave a feeling of heaviness in the stomach. Not without reason in the Caucasus coriander is added to almost all meat dishes.
It is worth paying attention to the useful properties of coriander and those who are going to attend the party: seeds of coriander help to get rid of the smell of alcohol and slow down the process of intoxication. And if a few pre-soaked in wine seeds to eat at the end of the party, in the morning you will not suffer from a hangover.
Coriander seeds are usually used to treat and prevent diseases in the form of infusion or decoction. To cook the infusion, take 1 tbsp. l. coriander powder (you can cook it yourself, chopping the fruit in a coffee grinder). Pour the coriander with a glass of boiling water and wrap it well. Let it brew for half an hour, strain.
To make a decoction, take 1 tsp. seeds of coriander and pour a glass of cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer for three minutes. Then add water, bringing to the original volume. Once again bring to a boil, before drinking the decoction.
But keep in mind that the beneficial properties of coriander canto come to naught, if you abuse it: any medicine in large doses becomes a poison. Abuse of coriander seeds can lead to problems with sleep and memory, menstrual cycle disorders in women. The maximum dose of coriander that can be eaten at one time is 4 g of seeds or 35 g of greens.
Cilantro can not be eaten with some forms of gastritis, stomach ulcer andduodenal ulcers, ischemic heart disease, hypertension, thrombophlebitis, thrombosis and diabetes mellitus. Also, do not eat coriander if you are taking medications that increase blood clotting.
Do not self-medicate and take infusion or decoction of coriander, without consulting a doctor in advance. It is better to season the food with coriander seeds and coriander greens as a preventive measure - it's tasty and useful!