Mushrooms – Swiss Brown
Mushrooms – White Button
Coriander – Fresh
Cabbage – Green
Celery Stick loose
Ginger – Fiji
Turmeric – Fijian (Fresh)
Spotlight on Coriander
The health benefits of coriander may include its use in the treatment of skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, diarrhea, mouth ulcers, anemia, and indigestion. The plant can also come handy for menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting vision.
Coriander Nutrition Facts
Coriander or cilantro leaves may be a good source of fiber, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and iron. It has eleven components of essential oils and six types of acids, including ascorbic acid or vitamin C, each having several beneficial properties. Coriander seeds are can also be rich in phytonutrients and have a similar nutrient profile as cilantro leaves.
May Reduce Skin Inflammation
Cineole–one of the 11 components of the essential oils–as well as linoleic acid, are both present in coriander. They possess antirheumatic and antiarthritic properties which may help reduce the swelling that is caused by these two conditions. In a study published in the Journal of the German Society of Dermatology, researchers have also noted the anti-inflammatory properties of coriander oil.
Can Help Relieve Skin Disorders
The disinfectant, detoxifying, antiseptic, antifungal, and antioxidant properties of coriander may prove to be ideal for clearing up skin disorders such as eczema, dryness, and fungal infections. The coriander oil has also been patented for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties by a physician at University Medical Center in Freiburg, Germany.
May Lower Cholesterol Levels
Coriander seeds contain beneficial acids like linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). These compounds may be very effective in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood, according to The Journal of Environmental Biology. They also can help reduce the level of bad LDL cholesterol deposition along the inner walls of the arteries and veins. LDL cholesterol leads to serious cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks, atherosclerosis, and strokes. More importantly, this herb could also help raise the levels of “good” or HDL cholesterol, which works as a preventative line of defense against some dangerous conditions.
Might Ease Diarrhea
The essential oils found in coriander contain components, such as borneol and linalool, which may aid in digestion, proper functioning of the liver, and bonding of bowels. A study published in Ethnobotanical Leaflets says it can alo be helpful in relieving diarrhea caused by microbial and fungal actions since components like cineole, borneol, limonene, alpha-pinene, and beta-phellandrene all have antibacterial effects. The herb is also increasingly popular as an at-home treatment for the prevention of nausea, vomiting, and stomach disorders.
May Help Regulate Blood Pressure
Research in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology suggests that coriander may positively help lower blood pressure. By enhancing the interaction of calcium ions and acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter in the peripheral and central nervous system relaxes blood vessel tension, thereby reducing the chances of several cardiovascular conditions, including heart attacks and strokes.
Might Be Useful In Healing Ulcers
Coriander oral extracts and essential oil have shown potential in treating colon inflammation. Research shows that the herb has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. This may make it a good candidate for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) prevention of therapy.
Can Prove To be Beneficial For Salmonella Protection
Salmonella is one of the most dangerous causes of foodborne illnesses in the world. So any natural way to protect yourself against it is very important. Coriander may have unusually high levels of duodenal, a natural compound that is twice as powerful an antibiotic as the leading treatment for salmonella-based illness. This is confirmed by a study from the University of California at Berkeley.
Can Be Used To Promote Bone Health
As a rich source of calcium, coriander may be of great value for people who want to protect their bones. Calcium and other essential minerals found in coriander may help with integral components of bone regrowth and durability, as well as protect against osteoporosis. Adding even a small amount of this herb to your diet can prove to be helpful in keeping your bones healthy and strong for years to come.
Might Aid in Digestion
Due to the rich content of its essential oils, coriander may help in the proper secretion of enzymes and digestive juices in the stomach; thereby, this stimulates digestion and peristaltic motion. It can also be helpful in reducing the symptoms of anorexia.
Studies have shown that dyspepsia (indigestion) is reduced if the leaves and seeds are regularly added to the diet. For small children who have a higher chance of developing abdominal colic than adults, small amounts of the leaves or seeds in their diet may quickly solve the issue!
Might Aid In Eye Care
Coriander is loaded with antioxidants and minerals, all of which can be beneficial to preventing vision disorders, macular degeneration, and reducing strain and stress on the eyes. There is also beta-carotene in the leaves, which may help prevent some other diseases that affect the eye and can even reverse the effects of vision degradation in aging patients.
It is a very good disinfectant with and has antimicrobial properties that may be protective against contagious diseases like conjunctivitis. Coriander oil might also be used extensively in preparing several eye care products.
May Potentially Help in Diabetes Management
A study published in the journal of Food Chemistry states that due to the stimulating effect of coriander on the endocrine glands, the secretion of insulin may increase from the pancreas which subsequently increases the insulin level in the blood. This may regulate the proper assimilation and absorption of sugar and the resulting drops in the blood sugar level. This property is extremely beneficial for people with diabetes and other related conditions.
Best Homemade Salsa Recipe
- 1/2 cup cilantro leaves fresh
- 1/4 cup onions chopped
- 2 10-ounce cans diced tomatoes and green chilies
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1 28-ounce can tomatoes whole, with juice
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 1 whole jalapeno sliced thin with seeds and membrane
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 lime juice
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- To make salsa sauce, in a food processor or blender, combine the whole tomatoes, the diced tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, garlic, onions, cumin, salt, sugar and lime. Blend it till you get the salsa in the consistency you prefer.
- Once you get your desired consistency, (probably after 15-17 pulses), try it out with tortilla chips to see if the seasoning is right. You can add sugar, salt, lime juice according to the taste.
- Thereafter, refrigerate the salsa sauce for an hour before you serve it. This way all flavors will seep and blend properly. And voila you have your authentic Mexican salsa ready!
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