The herb coriander is often used in Indian and Thai dishes. In fact it’s almost guaranteed to be included in any curry dish you order. It has a delicious taste that’s quite distinct and unique and, it turns out, that it comes with an added bonus. Researchers have determined that coriander could help lower blood glucose and LDL cholesterol levels.
A recent clinical trial set out to investigate the potential hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic activity of coriander seed. In the animal study, coriander extract was given to both obese rats with elevated blood glucose and cholesterol levels and normal rats.
The researchers found that the coriander extract suppressed hyperglycemia in the obese rats and helped to lower LDL cholesterol levels. They concluded that coriander seed extract in obese rats normalized blood sugar levels and decreased elevated levels of insulin.
The researchers also noted that coriander seed extract lowered cholesterol and exerted a cardio-protective effect. They finished their conclusions by stating the study validates the traditional use of coriander in the treatment of diabetes.
Try using coriander as an alternative remedy to fend off diabetes and harmful cholesterol. You can try sprinkling the seeds into your favorite dishes to give them an extra kick. Or try tossing the fresh leaves into salads and other hot dishes.
Coriander is naturally low in sodium and saturated fat and is a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, iron, and calcium.
The herb has long been used as a natural digestive aid and is said to help relieve gas pains. It is an antiseptic and has actually been used to preserve meat, as it kills off the harmful bacteria that grow as meat ages. It has also traditionally been used as an alternative remedy to combat anxiety and insomnia.
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Dr. Victor Marchione received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973 and his Medical Degree from the University of Messina in 1981. He has been licensed and practicing medicine in New York and New Jersey for over 20 years.
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