Coriander Leaves and Kidneys



Myself . By T.V. Antony Raj




The pair of bean-shaped kidneys, each about the size of a fist, are vital organs in our body located, one on each side of the spine, near the middle of our back, just below the rib cage. The kidneys perform many functions to keep our blood clean and chemically balanced.

Our body uses food for energy and maintenance. Wastes in the blood come from food that we consume and from the normal breakdown of active tissues, such as muscles. Every day, a person’s kidneys process about 200 quarts of blood and filter out about 2 quarts of waste products and removes excess water. The wastes and excess water flows to the bladder through two tubes called ureters as urine. The bladder stores urine until releasing it through urination.

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), also called cilantro, koththamalli (in Tamil),  or dhania (in Hindi) is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. In the English-speaking world (except for the U.S.) the leaves and seeds are known as coriander. In American culinary usage the leaves are generally referred to by the Spanish word cilantro.

Coriander is an excellent source of minerals like calcium, potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. It is also rich in many vital vitamins essential for optimum health including vitamin-A, beta carotene, vitamin-C and folic-acid. By the way, vitamin-C is a powerful natural antioxidant.

A study found both the coriander leaves and seed act as antioxidants, however, the leaves were found to have a stronger effect. Hence, Coriander like many other spices, can delay or prevent spoilage of food seasoned with this spice. Chemicals derived from coriander leaves were found to have antibacterial activity against Salmonella choleraesuis, caused in part by these chemicals acting as nonionic surfactants.

Coriander seeds are used in traditional Indian medicine as a diuretic (a substance or drug that tends to increase the discharge of urine) by boiling equal amounts of coriander seeds and cumin seeds, then cooling and consuming the resulting liquid.

The powerful anti-inflammatory capacities of coriander can help one deal with symptoms of arthritis.

Coriander also increases HDL cholesterol (the good) and reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad).

Cholesterol – the good and the bad

Cholesterol is not all bad. It is an essential fat. In fact, it provides stability in every cell of our body. The liver makes some cholesterol and some comes from diet. Cholesterol cannot dissolve in blood, so transport proteins called lipoproteins carry it to locations where it needs to go.

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol 

The low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol particles are less dense than other kinds of cholesterol particles. Each microscopic blob of LDL cholesterol consists of an outer rim of lipoprotein surrounding a cholesterol center.

What Makes LDL Cholesterol Bad? It is just its chemical makeup. Here’s how high amounts of LDL cholesterol leads to plaque growth and atherosclerosis.

  • Some LDL cholesterol circulating through the bloodstream tends to deposit in the walls of arteries. This process starts as early as childhood or adolescence.
  • White blood cells swallow and try to digest the LDL, possibly in an attempt to protect the blood vessels. In the process, the white blood cells convert the LDL to a toxic (oxidized) form.
  • More white blood cells and other cells migrate to the area, creating steady low-grade inflammation in the artery wall.
  • Over time, more LDL cholesterol and cells collect in the area. The ongoing process creates a bump in the artery wall called a plaque – made of cholesterol, cells, and debris.
  • The process tends to continue, growing the plaque and slowly blocking the artery.

An even greater danger than slow blockage is a sudden rupture of the surface of the plaque. A blood clot can form on the ruptured area, causing a heart attack.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol

The High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol particle is dense compared to other types of cholesterol particles. Each microscopic blob of HDL cholesterol consists of a rim of lipoprotein surrounding a cholesterol center.

The well-behaved HDL cholesterol is a friendly scavenger that cruises the bloodstream. It removes harmful bad cholesterol from where it doesn’t belong. High HDL levels reduce the risk for heart disease — but low LDL levels increase the risk.

Experts believe HDL cholesterol may act in a variety of helpful ways that tend to reduce the risk for heart disease:

  • HDL cholesterol scavengers and removes LDL cholesterol.
  • HDL reduces, reuses, and recycles LDL cholesterol by transporting it to the liver where it is reprocessed.
  • HDL cholesterol acts as a maintenance crew for the inner walls of blood vessels (endothelium). Damage to the endothelium is the first step in the process of atherosclerosis, which causes heart attacks and strokes. HDL chemically scrubs the endothelium clean and keeps it healthy.

Coriander leaves offer great relief from stomach indigestion problems and the like. It also helps reduce feelings of nausea. Since it has strong antioxidant properties, it helps promote healthy liver function.

A friend suggested that consuming an infusion of Coriander leaves is a good remedy for kidney pain. This is the instruction my friend gave me to prepare a decoction using coriander leaves:

“Wash and clean a bunch of fresh coriander leaves thoroughly in water to remove the dirt and any residual harmful pesticides that might be sticking on them. Chop the leaves as small as possible. Put the chopped leaves in a vessel, pour filtered water and boil for 10 minutes. Filter after cooling using a sieve. Pour the filtered liquid into a sterilized glass bottle and store it in a refrigerator.”

She said: “Drink one glass of the liquid daily and you will notice all salt and other accumulated poison coming out of your system while passing urine. Also, you will notice that you feel healthier than before.

By the way, coriander can produce an allergic reaction in some people. So, please consult your physician before consuming the coriander decoction.


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45 thoughts on “Coriander Leaves and Kidneys

  1. ok…question…the recipe says to boil the leaves and then after running through a sieve you can drink the liquid. I’ve got one of those nutri bullet machines which has totally increased my intake of fruits and vegetables (some like beats and radishes I have never been able to stomach on their own). Could you do the same thing with coriander in this machine or would eating the thing not have the same impact as just the liquid? would seem to me you’d get more benefit from the whole plant turned into a liquid than just the liquid that had the plant in it.

    • Hello Jai,

      First of all I must confess that I wrote this article after a friend suggested that consuming an infusion of coriander leaves is a good remedy for kidney pain.

      I am not a physician. Therefore, as a writer, I have to oblige my readers who have negative opinions too. So, it is natural to receive both positive and negative comments.

      I leave it to my readers to pick the grain from the chaff.

      Please remember that anything good for the goose necessarily need not be good for the gander. :)

  2. Reading the benefit of corriender I’m sure that I wll intake 1glass of corriender juice every day n my whole family wll also .Thanku verry much

  3. my request to all dear readers, please don’t use it, he took this from net cut and past, coriander side affects or serious, 1st. after few day of using this drink for sure you will feel joint pain, plus the worse for men is, they will feel………. take care please. every thing you find at net is not true, do not make your self test lab..thanks
    any one who has objections please contact me

    • What are the side effects for men ? Women can use it
      Men can use this for few days ? If daily intake is harmful
      Please advise ?

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  5. I want to control my fat level and also want to drain toxic substances from my body so please help me by providing some natural remedy . Thank you !

    • take one cup honey, one cup apple cider vinegar 8 or nine garlic clove (crushed), put all in blender and mix it for one minute on high speed. put in glass bottle for 5 days, don’t open just shake, from the day 6th take one tablespoon of this mixture and more then half cup hot water and drink 1st in the morning and same before bed and see.

  6. Hello every one, can any one suggest me is coriander leaves juice is good for URIC ACID too ?
    is it help to reduce URIC ACID on our body ? plz reply..

    • Hello Syed,

      Uric acid is a heterocyclic compound. It forms ions and salts known as urates and acid urates such as ammonium acid urate.

      “A high uric acid level, or hyperuricemia, is an excess of uric acid in your blood. Uric acid is produced during the breakdown of purine, a substance found in many foods. Once produced, uric acid is carried in your blood and passes through your kidneys where most of it leaves your body when you urinate. High uric acid level may result in attacks of gout but it’s important to note that not everyone who has high uric acid gets gout and not everyone with gout has high uric acid.” – as defined by Mayoclinic.

      Other medical conditions associated with the chemical includes diabetes and the formation of ammonium acid urate kidney stones.

      In human blood plasma, the reference range of uric acid for males is between 3.6 mg/dL, and 2.3-6.6 mg/dL for woman. Uric acid concentrations in blood plasma above and below the normal range are known, respectively as Hyperuricemia and Hypouricemia.

      Lower serum values of uric acid have been associated with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

      Coriander seeds are used in traditional Indian medicine as a diuretic (a substance or drug that tends to increase the discharge of urine) by boiling equal amounts of coriander seeds and cumin seeds, then cooling and consuming the resulting liquid.

      Also you can drink spiced buttermilk: Blend well 200 ml of curd in a mixer. Make a fine paste of mint leaves, curry leaves and coriander leaves and the add ¼ tsp of cumin powder and a pinch of salt (you can even omit the salt). Add this fine slurry spicy paste, to blended butter milk and serve chilled.

      Since coriander can produce allergic reaction in some people, please consult your family doctor to guide you before trying the above recipes.

    • no no no….for God sake don’t use it, the best and the cheap way to control uric acid is take one radish (moli) (white & long like carrot), clean it, cut it in peaces spread on lemon juice and eat it early morning at 1st for one week and see.

  7. when i boiled the leaves it the water became brownish, not in green as shown in above picture,,i dont know why it turned to brown,, can i use this water or shall i try again,,

    • Hi, i also boiled and got the same colour results, Apparently the idea is to use decoctation so don’t bother about the colour, use the boiled water and all the best.

  8. one of my relative has 4.2 creatinine drinking corriander leaf juice useful for him? is there anything danger in this? please do let me know about other remedies also.waiting for your reply.thank you.

    • Hello Pradeep,

      I am sorry to state that I am not knowledgeable enough to offer you the correct answer for your query. In any case, it is best to consult a qualified physician.

  9. Sir,

    Can you please suggest for how many days we should take this drink also what should be the timing morning or evening.

    • Hello Kishor,

      I am not a physician. I wrote this article after a lady friend suggested that consuming an infusion of Coriander leaves is a good remedy for kidney pain. Other than this I am sorry to state that I am not knowledgeable enough to offer you a plausible answer for your query.. In any case, it is best to consult a qualified physician.

  10. hi! i am from nigeria…av read a lot about coriander and its numerous health benefits…bt av never seen it before owing to the part of the world i hail from. please, hw do i get the leaves. please reply soon.

    • Hi. we have it in plenty in Uganda, its common in every market and sold cheaply. i wonder why its not found in Nigeria, may be you dont know how the leaves look like, it has different names, please google the pictures and show any farmer, or villager, you will be suprised its the most common green vegetable in local markets. its mostly used as a cooking spice too in my home and it smells nice. good luck

      • Hello bookie,

        The botanical name for Curry Leaves is Chalcas koenigii. In french it is known as Feuilles de Cari, Feuilles de Curry, Caloupilé (Réunion), Carripoulé (Ile Maurice).

        The botanical name for Coriander leaves is Coriandrum sativum. It is also known as cilantro, Chinese parsley or dhania (in Hindi).

        Both the leaves are used in Indian cuisine but for medicinal purposes they are not interchangeable.

    • Hello Sharma,

      I am sorry to state that I am not knowledgeable enough to offer you the correct answer for your query. In any case, it is best to consult a qualified physician.

    • Hello Ade,

      In Tamil (my mother tongue) we have an adage “அளவுக்கு மிஞ்சினால் அமிர்தமும் நஞ்சு” (alavukku minjinaal amirthamum nanju) meaning “If one exceeds the limit even nectar (the favored drink of the gods) becomes poison.”

    • Hello sf,

      I honestly believe and admit that I am not knowledgeable enough to offer you the correct answer for your query.

      The last sentence of my article reads: “By the way, Coriander can produce an allergic reaction in some people”.

      So, please consult your family doctor to guide you.

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  12. I love the leaves as a garnish in food. Never tried an extraction by boiling. Did you try putting the extract back into food for flavouring?

    • We are from Chennai, Tamilnadu, and so my wife uses coriander leaves in almost all the food that she prepares. Thanks for your suggestion. Will ask my wife to try using the extract. But to be frank, I would rather prefer the fresh coriander leaves in my food.

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