Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Coriander Oil Could Tackle Food Poisoning and Drug-Resistant Infections


www.eurekalert.org - August 23rd, 2011
Coriander oil has been shown to be toxic to a broad range of harmful bacteria. Its use in foods and in clinical agents could prevent food-borne illnesses and even treat antibiotic-resistant infections, according to the authors of a study published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

The researchers from the University of Beira Interior in Portugal tested coriander oil against 12 bacterial strains, including Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica, Bacillus cereus and meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Of the tested strains, all showed reduced growth, and most were killed, by solutions containing 1.6% coriander oil or less.

Coriander is an aromatic plant widely used in Mediterranean cuisine. Coriander oil is one of the 20 most-used essential oils in the world and is already used as a food additive. Coriander oil is produced from the seeds of the coriander plant and numerous health benefits have been associated with using this herb over the centuries. These include pain relief, ease of cramps and convulsions, cure of nausea, aid of digestion and treatment of fungal infections.



2 comments:

Amy said...

Thanks for this post.In Sri Lanka,we boil corriander seeds with ginger.And we drink it as a herbal tea,good for flu,cold,caugh etc.And even without any disease,it is good if we can consume.Good for body aches

Mia said...

Thanks, Amy. I cook with it but that's about it. Great information to know.

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