Green Coriander, which we commonly know as hara dhaniya in India, is a herb originating from Western Asia and Southern Europe. The scientific name of this aromatic herb is Coriandrum sativum, and people all over the world call it by various other names such as Chinese parsley, cilantro, etc. as well. Green Coriander is a versatile herb that is used in various preparations, and its unique pungent flavor complements any dish very well. From a dietician’s perspective, coriander is a rich source of dietary fiber, iron, and magnesium. Additionally, in traditional medicine, coriander is used as a natural aphrodisiac.
Health Benefits of Dhaniya (Green Coriander)
Nutritional properties of Green Coriander: Many call this a wonder herb due to its high amount of nutritional properties, including 11 different essential oils, 6 crucial amino acids, and many other vitamins and minerals. A portion of 100 grams of coriander includes 3.6 grams of carbs, 2 grams of protein, vitamin C (27 mg), vitamin E (2.50 mg), and vitamin K (310 mg).
Maintains blood pressure: Hypertension patients are often advised by the doctors to have green salads with coriander as it is proven to reduce one’s chance of having coronary issues. Green Corriander has calcium ions that are known to interact with a specific neurotransmitter (cholinergic), resulting in a healthier cardiovascular system.
Improves Gut health: Coriander leaves promote the production of digestive enzymes that are crucial for digestion. It is a source of dietary fiber as well as relieves many gastrointestinal issues, such as cramps, nausea, and more.
Promotes better eyesight: Green coriander is loaded with micronutrients, like vitamin A, C, Phosphorus, and antioxidants, that are responsible for maintaining one’s eyesight in its optimum condition. It helps to relax the eye muscles by relieving strain and stress on your eyes. For the aged people, Green Coriander works like magic by reversing macular degeneration as it contains Beta carotene. Its antibiotic and antiviral properties prevent eye-specific infections, like conjunctivitis, and therefore it often can be found in many eye medications.
Regulates blood sugar: It comes with a handsome dose of dietary fiber that has significant roles in regulating blood sugar levels. Having some amount of coriander in your everyday meals ensures controlled blood sugar levels.