Dhania: Getting the better of heartburn
Remember that burning sensation in your chest after a heavy meal? Makes you think your heart is on fire? Well, in reality, it’s not your heart on fire, but the feeling is understandable. ‘Heartburn’, as the phenomenon is known, is caused by stomach acid which happens on account of an irritation in the oesophagus, i.e. the tube that connects your throat to your stomach. It leads to a burning discomfort in your upper belly and lower breast bone.
Though triggers vary from person to person, heartburn is likely to be caused by excess eating, consumption of spicy, heavy and greasy food, lying down immediately after eating or even under stress. At a higher risk of heartburn and problems related to acid reflux are smokers, obese people and pregnant women.
So how do we combat heartburn?
Whenever heartburn triggers, it makes you really uncomfortable, causing you to feel very claustrophobic. It helps to tackle this problem through small measures such as trying ginger with water.
Coriander powder, colloquially known as ‘dhania’, has been known to be a cooling spice. It is a power-packed plant that has bioactive compounds and brings about a cooling effect on consumption.
Commonly used in Indian cuisines, its strong fragrance not only adds flavour to every food but also helps alleviate some types of digestive discomfort. Borneol and linalool found in coriander help enhance digestion, the liver function as well as bowel movements that further helps reduce diarrhoea. The anti-fungal and anti-microbial action of Coriander helps in the treatment of diarrhoea. The components such as Alpha-pinene, limonene, borneol, cineole and beta-phelandrene provide antibacterial effects.
What are the benefits of dhania powder?
Dhania powder is used as a culinary spice to mitigate the effects of food poisoning. It plays an important role in the metabolism of lipids in the human system. Dhania can also help regulate blood pressure levels.
How to use Dhania Powder to prevent digestive problems
- Coriander buttermilk The culinary herb and spice dhania is also an effective treatment for acidity. Taking 1 tbsp. coriander juice with 100ml butter milk can reduce acidity in the stomach.
- Dhania Tea Drinking dhania tea can reduce the effects of your Acid reflux or heartburn caused by indigestion or overloading of the stomach due to late night partying and bingeing. Drinking tea with coriander can reduce constipation in older people too.
- Dhania powder - straight-up Regular use of dhania powder can have a remarkable cholesterol-lowering action.
Treating heartburn...it couldn’t have gotten any cooler - with some dhania!
This article is authored by Bonny Shah
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