How to prepare coriander juice or dhaniya tea (coriander water) for the thyroid? (Photo: Pinterest)
Whether you prefer to use it in the green leafy form that one finds at the green grocer’s or as a dried spice as is sold in most grocery stores, no curry or sauces seem complete without a dash of coriander.
Health benefits of dhaniya seeds and coriander pattaFitness expert claim that drinking coriander seed water is beneficial not only for improving the functioning of your thyroids but also helpful for overall health such as in achieving weight loss, and in reducing joint pains. Coriander seeds are a rich source of dietary fibers and minerals, therefore they also improve digestion and absorption of minerals, thereby also alleviating mood.
Coriander is high in vitamin A, C, K and folate and its leaves contain more vitamin C than its seeds do. The leaves also contain antioxidant properties that protect cells from damage by free radicals.
Why is the
Thyroid gland important?
Like all other endocrine glands like the pancreas and liver, the hormone produced by the thyroids is released directly into the bloodstream. Undersecretion of the thyroid hormone is called hypothyroidism and overstimulation/over-secretion of the same gland is called hyperthyroidism. The thyroid gland affects not just your growth and metabolism, but also the health of your heart, brain, liver, kidneys, vascular (blood vessel) systems, blood pressure, and digestive tract.
Types of thyroid secretion problems:
Hypothyroidism is an endocrine disorder with resultant under-production of thyroid hormone. Common symptoms of hypothyroidism include cold intolerance and weight gain due to decreased basal metabolic rate and thermogenesis, depression, fatigue, decreased peripheral reflexes, and constipation, due to decreased stimulation of the central and peripheral nervous system.
In contrast, Hyperthyroidism is an endocrine disorder with excess thyroid hormone production and it often causes heat intolerance, weight loss, anxiety, hyperreflexia, and diarrhea, as well as palpitations. Patients of hyperthyroidism complain not just about brittle hair, dry skin, and pretibial myxedema but also increased stimulation of basal metabolic rate, thermogenesis, resting heart rate, and cardiac output, and central and peripheral nervous systems result in the most common symptoms.
Coriander seed water for Thyroid problems?
Apart from its use in various dishes, did you know that coriander water is a popular home remedy for thyroid problems? This organic product used to improve digestion and reduce bloating is also rich in antioxidants and purifies (detoxifies) the thyroid gland and your kidneys.
It is believed that the antioxidants and vitamins in coriander work to heal the thyroid naturally and regulate the production of the thyroid hormone.
Benefits of consuming juice extract of coriander or dhania leaves or seeds
- Achieving weight loss
- Treating digestive problems such as cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea
- Reducing bloating and intestinal gases
- Better absorption of vitamins and boosting immunity
- Removing toxins from the body
- Controlling blood sugar levels
- Reducing follicular damage and hair fall, thickening the hair growth
- Healing skin problems, reducing acne or pigmentation
Other healthy things to do for healthier thyroids:
According to Dr Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, founder of NutritionFacts.org, and author of the instant New York Times bestseller “How Not to Die”, says that the best way to keep this butterfly-shaped endocrine gland healthy is to first and foremost stop eating or drinking any artificially coloured food products.
Dr Greger argues that nature has given enough attractive colours and flavours to plants and their products to make them appealing to us humans the consumers. If the food you are buying is artificially coloured, it clearly means that the natural ingredient (fruit or vegetable) that it ought to have contained is missing and the food dye is being used to conceal that absence.
Thousands of people across the globe develop thyroid cancers due to food additive (artificial and thus chemical-laced) flavours, colours, and dyes, Dr Greger says. So, the cherry popsicles you allow your kid to have may most likely contain artificial food colours. Most of these Red dyes no. 1, 2, 3, etc are legally allowed, and permitted but not really advisable, as they alter the human DNA, thus causing thyroid tumours and/or cancer.
Contaminated meat (especially pork) can contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria that trigger autoimmune thyroid disorders like Gray’s Disease. So, you are actually better off sticking to safe options, less processed and non-red-meat varieties of meat.
The mineral iodine, found predominantly in the ocean and in variable amounts in the soils of the world, is essential for thyroid function. Iodised salt may have decreased the incidence of Iodine deficiency, but pregnant women must check with their doctor about the prenatal iodine supplement they may require to ensure proper foetal brain growth.
How to prepare coriander water or coriander tea?
- Boil 2 tbsp of coriander seeds in a cup of water for about 10- 15 minutes on a low flame. Use clean and sterile containers and stirrers, strainers.
- Let the boiled coriander water settle to drinkable temperature and strain it.
- Drink it on empty stomach in the morning for at least two times a day.
- If you wish to sweeten its taste to make it more palatable, you can also add honey.
- You can also soak the coriander seeds for a few minutes before you boil them if you want to extract maximum benefit.
Whole coriander leaf drink:
- For a whole-coriander-leaf drink, wash and soak around 10-20 coriander leaves in water overnight.
- Strain and drink it the next morning on an empty stomach.
- Prefer a tangier taste? Add a tablespoon of lemon juice for taste and extra health benefits.
Crushed coriander leaf drink:
- For crushed coriander leaves drink, wash dhaniya leaves very well and grind them in a blender.
- Add half a cup of warm water, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and honey to taste.
- Drink this fresh juice concoction on an empty stomach every morning.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.