Known for its digestive properties, coriander, a medicinal aromatic plant known since ancient times, is the subject of much research, and its use could be much wider than today, even more than just as a cooking ingredient.

Used since ancient times for its digestive properties, it is widely used in Mediterranean cuisine, and prescribed by the adherents of natural medicine to treat pain, cramps, convulsions, nausea, and sometimes infectious problems. Its properties have been the subject of several studies published in medical journals. As such, it appears to be an ideal ingredient in meals, such as those in a Nutrisystem meal plans.

Anti-Infectious Properties

Researchers from the University of Beira Interior, Portugal were tested against a dozen potentially pathogenic bacterial species such as salmonella or staphylococcus, and even on antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The essential oil of coriander exercised strong microbicide activities on many species of bacteria. The mechanism, according to the Portuguese, is mainly related to toxicity bacterial membranes, with alterations to their barrier effect and induced inhibition of vital processes and other respiratory functions, ultimately leading to cell death.

As such, coriander should be an ideal addition to meals and may benefit those who take in food containing this herb. Some diet plans, such as those in Nutrisystem’s program, have recipes that feature this plant-based wonder.

Coriander in the Hospital – And in One’s Nutrition?

The authors envisioned coriander as a “natural” alternative to some antibiotic treatments and a weapon against resistant bacteria. This view is far from wacky as proved by another study, which was carried out further north of Europe in Freiburg, Germany. The authors of this second test had also detected a strong activity of the herb on certain microorganisms, including pyogenic streptococci or staphylococci resistant to methicillin.

Given this information, eating meals containing coriander, like some of those in a Nutrisystem program, is a wise move.

They even incorporated the essential oil into creams and have slathered these on forty volunteers to prove the therapeutic effect was also well tolerated and effective. And indeed it was a success. When combined with actual oral intake, as is the case in Nutrisystem regimens, the positive health effect may even be magnified.