Coriander: Helping Manage Diabetes Effectively

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.

Diabetes is a chronic disorder of fat, carbohydrate and protein metabolism and is characterized by an elevation of the blood sugar level. It greatly increases one’s risk of developing heart attack, stroke, kidney impairment and neuropathy. Diabetes mellitus develops when your pancreas fail to synthesise adequate amounts of the hormone insulin or when the cells of the body become resistant to insulin.

Coriander has always enjoyed a strong health-promoting status. It is fairly high on the list of healing spices and herbs. It is one of the world’s most ancient spices and was used first 7000 years ago! Both – the seeds as well as the leaves of the plant proffer immense health benefits. The essential oils in the seed make it the fantastic health-supporting condiment that it is! The health benefits of dhania are innumerable – carminative, digestive aid, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, cholesterol-lowering and an anti-diabetic.

Coriander to deal with diabetes


In India and parts of Europe, the coriander is known to help in managing diabetes. Modern scientific research and evaluations have focused on its anti-diabetic properties and have demonstrated its wonderful advantages in the successful management of diabetes mellitus. Insulin – secreted by the pancreas facilitates utilisation of sugar and when insulin synthesis or functioning gets impaired, the body has a hard time understanding how much sugar needs to be metabolized and this consequently leads to oscillations in the blood sugar level. Coriander seeds naturally stimulate and boost the secretion of insulin in our body.

Dhania water to battle diabetes

Here’s how you can prepare an infusion of coriander seeds which is a noteworthy home remedy for the effective management of diabetes:

  • Coarsely powder 10 grams of coriander seeds or use Tata Sampann Coriander Powder with Natural Oils.
  • Add to 2 litres of water
  • Let this soak for 2 to 4 hours
  • Strain, if using the seeds
  • Drink this infusion through the day

Get your blood sugar profile assessed at the end of a month and you may notice an improvement in your blood-work.

Coriander seeds and coriander powder should be stored in a tightly sealed glass container. Seeds tend to stay fresh for 12 months; while the ground coriander remains fresh for 6 months.

Eat Breakfast

Alongside, weight loss and weight management play significant roles in managing blood sugar levels too. Make sure you incorporate loads of low-glycaemic foods in to your menu – pulses, leafy greens, bitter melon, bell peppers, onions, garlic, fresh fruits and nuts. These foods have a beneficial effect on the blood sugar control as well as help manage weight efficiently.

Being diagnosed with diabetes does not mean that it’s the end of sweets for you! However, if you give in to frequent cravings for sugary foods, it can wreak immense havoc on your blood glucose level. When you hanker for sugar, instead of reaching out for a cookie, grab an apple. It will most definitely satiate your sweet tooth, keep the weight in check and proffer nutrients as well.

Exercise is another very crucial aspect of blood sugar management. A graded exercise program comprising of cardio, aerobics, weight training and yoga should be followed thrice a week.


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