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Health Benefits Of Coriander Leaves

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Having healthy eyes and a good eyesight is very vital for your overall health and well-being. Incorporating a wholesome diet, comprising of lots of proteins, fruits, and vegetables along with certain ‘eye-friendly’ foods ensures that you get the correct nutrients for optimal eye health.

How are coriander leaves good for the eyes?

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  • Coriander is one of the most ancient herbs in the world. Its use journeys back to about 7000 years ago! Coriander or cilantro or dhania has been widely used for its medicinal properties in India and China.
  • Coriander has a very striking nutritional profile and proffers numerous outstanding health benefits. It is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, K and folate; and is especially valuable for good eye health.
  • Packed with vitamin A, cilantro supports retinal health; as well as helps your night vision adaptation. Vitamin A is also a potent anti-oxidant and helps diminish the risk of developing macular degeneration which is associated with old age.
  • There have been a host of case studies and clinical trials which have demonstrated that consuming coriander juice helps those who are struggling with their eyesight.
  • Experts state that having about 100 ml of fresh coriander juice daily will provide wonderful results, and will effectively tackle most vision related problems. Having embarked on the therapy, you should see the beneficial results within a period of one month.
  • Consuming coriander also helps manage infectious conditions of the eye, such as conjunctivitis and blepharitis. Traditionally, coriander has always been used for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties; it helps reduce swelling, burning and redness of the eyes. Modern scientific investigations of the herb focus on its robust anti-microbial properties as well, which facilitate rapid cure of most infectious conditions.

How to use coriander leaves

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When you select cilantro leaves, make sure that you always buy those that have a vibrant green colour and are crunchy and fresh. The leaves should be absolutely free of brown and yellow discolorations. Store coriander leaves in the refrigerator, wrapped in a damp cloth and always prefer fresh produce for the juice. If you choose to freeze the leaves, thaw just before use.

Most importantly, you need to ensure that you clean the leaves really well. First, hold the leaves under running water and rinse well. Next, immerse them in a bowl of water and swirl them around to get rid of all the grime and dirt. Let the leaves sit in the water for five minutes. Repeat until your cilantro is absolutely clean. For the last rinse, add a spoonful of turmeric powder to the bowl of water and use it to wash your leaves. Ensuring that you rinse coriander thoroughly is very crucial, given that, a lot of mud and dirt gets accumulated on coriander and leaves which aren’t organically grown contain a multitude of pesticides.

The key to availing benefit of herbs, vegetables and spices is to ensure purity of the product. Choose the best available produce and products to make your life healthier.



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