Scientific Name – Coriandrum sativum
Amount Per 100 grams.
|Total Fat||0.5 g|
|Saturated fat||0 g|
|Polyunsaturated fat||0 g|
|Monounsaturated fat||0.3 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||3.7 g|
|Dietary fiber||2.8 g|
CILANTRO IMPROVES CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTH
Cilantro herb is cholesterol free but rich in antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins and dietary fiber which help in lowering LDL or bad cholesterol and increasing HDL or good cholesterol levels. Thus, it is beneficial for cardiovascular health. It also helps dissolve cholesterol build up in the arteries, thus helping those suffering from atherosclerosis and heart disease.
IT LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE
Apart from lowering LDL cholesterol, one of the benefits of coriander can also reduce hypertension by lowering blood pressure. The herb is a good source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, and iron as well as low in sodium. This high potassium and low sodium ratio help control heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is vital for red blood cell production and manganese is used as a cofactor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
CILANTRO IS NATURAL PRESERVATIVE
Due to its high antioxidant content, oil extracted from the leaves of cilantro has been shown to inhibit unwanted oxidation when added to other foods, delaying or preventing spoilage.
A compound found in the leaves and seeds of cilantro – dodecanal – has also been found to have an antibacterial effect against Salmonella. In laboratory tests, dodecanal was twice as efficient at killing Salmonella than the commonly used medicinal antibiotic gentamicin.
IT HELPS TO REDUCE STRESS
Due to its muscle relaxing qualities, cilantro may act as a mild laxative. It helps in calming the nerves, thus relieving anxiety and reducing the harmful effects of stress. Drinking cilantro juice mixed with cucumber and celery juices towards the end of the day is a great way to replenish your body with B vitamins to help calm the mind and enable you to de-stress.
CILANTRO FACILITATES PEACEFUL SLEEP
By reducing anxiety and stress, cilantro helps in improving the quality of your sleep as it is a calming herb.
TREATMENT OF SKIN DISORDERS
Cilantro acts as a natural antiseptic and anti-fungal agent in the treatment of skin disorders like dermatitis and eczema. It possesses anti-microbial substances which can prevent and cure smallpox too. Cilantro can also absorb excess oil from your face. If you have an oily skin, you can apply cilantro juice on your face and wash off after an hour.
IT ACTS AS VERY GOOD DIGESTIVE AID
Cilantro leaves offer relief from indigestion problems as well as feelings of nausea. They enable the digestive tract to produce digestive enzymes as well as more digestive juices, thus preventing flatulence and settling the queasy stomach. This herb also stimulates digestion through peristaltic action. Its antioxidant properties help in promoting healthy liver function. Cilantro leaves are a good source of roughage and fiber which help in relieving gastrointestinal problems.
IT IS HEAVY METAL DETOXIFIER
Cilantro is a remarkable heavy metal detoxifier or “chelation agent” as it has been found to remove heavy metals from the body. These metals usually enter the body through consumption of non-organic food, using conventional water supplies, eating fish, using deodorants, smoking, cooking in aluminum vessels or aluminum foil, taking over the counter drugs like antacids, using vaccines or metal fillings in teeth. They cause serious heart problems like cancer, brain deterioration, emotional problems, heart, kidney and lung diseases, and weak bones. Cilantro has the ability to mobilize mercury from the brain and central nervous system by separating it from the fat tissue and transferring it into the blood and lymph where it gets removed safely in combination with blue-green algae called spirulina. This combination provides relief from mercury poisoning and toxicity. Various chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and facilitate their removal by loosening them from the tissues.
CILANTRO HAS ANTI-DIABETIC PROPERTIES
Cilantro has been traditionally referred to as an “anti-diabetic” herb due to its ability to lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It is particularly beneficial for diabetic patients as it helps in regulating and keeping their blood sugar stable due+ to its high potassium and low sodium ratio.
IT PREVENTS URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
Urinary tract infections may be caused by E. coli, staphylococcus bacteria, sexual activity, genetics, or diabetes. Coriander’s antibacterial compounds help to keep the urinary tract healthy, and free from unhealthy bacteria in a healthy alkaline environment. In addition to cilantro, coriander seeds are helpful in relieving symptoms, if a UTI does occur. Simply soak 1 ½ teaspoons of dried coriander seeds overnight in 2 cups of water. Strain and drink, or just add to your morning smoothie. It will help relieve the discomfort and pain associated with the UTI and helps to speed your healing.
IT HAS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY EFFECTS
Cilantro possesses powerful anti-inflammatory capacities which can alleviate inflammatory conditions like arthritis as well as reduce minor swelling. It also prevents conjunctivitis.
ANTIOXIDANT PROPERTIES IS PRESENT IN CORIANDER
The antioxidant properties of coriander can be attributed to the presence of an antioxidant called quercetin among others. These antioxidants protect your cells from against oxidative stress caused by free radicals, thus delaying the aging process and preventing chronic diseases later on in life. The antioxidant activity in cilantro provides protection against the most degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.
IT HAS ANTI-BACTERIAL AND ANTI-FUNGAL PROPERTIES
Cilantro contains an anti-bacterial compound called dodecenal which can kill salmonella bacteria and prevent salmonella poisoning. Its anti-bacterial properties help to improve oral health. The anti-microbial substances present in it help prevent and cure smallpox as well as relieve diarrhea if caused by fungal or microbial infections.
CORIANDER ACTS AS NATURAL DEODORANT
Cilantro acts as a natural internal deodorant as it contains a large amount of chlorophyll that can detox the body from the inside out. By flushing out toxins from the liver, kidney, and digestive tract, it helps to remove excess bacteria from the body that would otherwise set out and accumulate in your armpits and feet. Chlorophyll can inhibit bacteria due to its high oxygen content and therefore, this herb helps your body deodorize and smell great.
IT AIDS IN WEIGHT LOSS
This herb is great for obese people as it helps in the reduction of fats and therefore, aids in weight loss.
TREATMENT OF MENSTRUAL DISORDERS
Cilantro seeds are a good source of linoleic acid, ascorbic acid, stearic acid and palmitic acid. They support proper secretion of hormones and prevent menstrual disorders. For this purpose, they should be soaked overnight in water and consumed the next morning to get maximum benefits.
THEY HAVE SKIN BENEFITS
We all long for a healthy glowing skin and it is a well-known fact that skin health depends upon internal health to a great extent. Just like the rest of the body, our skin also needs proper nutrition to maintain its health and minimize skin problems. For this purpose, it is important to maintain a balanced diet. Besides, certain external factors also adversely affect our skin such as exposure to UV rays, harsh chemical treatments, prolonged illness etc. As far as cilantro is concerned, it can be beneficial in skincare as it contains certain vital nutrients and minerals that are needed for a healthy skin. Cilantro juice is quite effective in getting rid of blackheads and acne. For this purpose, you can mix 1 teaspoon of cilantro juice with 1 teaspoon of lime juice. Apply it to the affected areas and leave for an hour. Wash off with warm water.
ANTI-AGEING BENEFITS OF CILANTRO
As stated earlier, cilantro is rich in several antioxidants that prevent the free radicals from damaging the skin cells. Vitamin A is an important fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that is vital for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant that fights free radicals, thus preventing signs of aging such as wrinkles, sagging skin, and pigmentation.
THEY HAVE HAIR BENEFITS
Proper supply of nutrients to the hair follicles is the key to maintaining a healthy scalp with lustrous locks. Though it seems unlikely, consuming and applying cilantro can be beneficial for your hair as well. Cilantro juice is a wonderful remedy for promoting new hair growth and combating hair loss as it contains essential vitamins and proteins which help in hair growth. You can make a paste from fresh cilantro leaves using few drops of water and extract its juice. Apply this to your scalp for an hour before shampooing. This pack should be used twice a week for 2 to 3 weeks to get effective results. Alternatively, you can infuse your hair oil with a powder made from cilantro seeds while massaging your hair. You can also prepare a hair rinse by boiling a bunch of cilantro leaves in water and cooling it.
OTHER BENEFITS OF CILANTRO
Cilantro is a great source of essential vitamins and minerals. It is rich in iron which is beneficial for people with lower hemoglobin levels and cures anemia. Magnesium, on the other hand, facilitates proper functioning of the nervous system and strengthens the bones. Chewing of raw cilantro leaves is helpful for people suffering from bronchitis and asthma. The oil extracted from cilantro has antiseptic properties that help in curing mouth ulcers.