Many people are not fans of cilantro due to its odd taste and smell. The reason for this is its aldehyde content, a substance which is produced by some bugs and it is used in the products of soaps and lotions.
When crushed and chopped, enzymes in the leaves turn the aldehydes into other substances which have no aroma or taste.
Cilantro is abundant in health benefits and it is high time you give it a try. Among them are:
- Toxic Metals Body Cleanser
Binding to heavy metals, cilantro helps remove them from the system. This is due to its chlorophyll content, which alters the charge or intracellular mercury to neutral state, making it easier to remove.
It has been scientifically shown that coriander prevents lead-induced oxidative stress and cilantro speeds up the elimination of heavy metals from the body through the liver and the kidneys. Given that heavy metals toxicity makes the body prone to disease, cilantro helps prevent it.
2. Treats Cardiovascular Problems
Cilantro lowers both blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which in turn protects the arteries. This phenomenon has been studied by many studies: According to a 2011 study published in the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology”, taking 20mg of cilantro per kg of body weight daily for 30 days lowers both sugar and lipid levels.
Experts attribute this to its polyphenols and cardio-protective nutrients which have the ability to prevent myocardial infractions.
- Fights Diabetes
Besides regulating blood sugar, cilantro also lowers inflammation in the pancreas and promotes healthy liver function by cleaning the organ and keeping cholesterol in check. Diabetics consider this herb to be life-changing.
- Natural Antioxidant
In addition to fighting off oxidative stress in the body, it also stops oxidation processes when combined with other foods, to prevent spoilage. Plus, it contains quercetin, which is heart-protecting as well as chlorophyll which reduces oxidative damage caused by radiation and chemical carcinogens.
- Improves Anxiety
According to certain studies, 100-200 mg per kg dose of cilantro produced anti-anxiety effects resembling those of diazepam, one of the most widely used anti-anxiety drugs. It is helpful when it comes to management of central nervous system disorders like Alzheimer`s disease. It does to by improving memory and conducting anticholinesterase activity.
- Promotes Healthy Sleep
Besides improving anxiety, this herb also improves insomnia due to its sedative effect. For optimal results, steep it as tea with some honey an hour before bedtime.
- Natural Internal Deodorant
Topical application of chlorophyll deodorizes wounds, which is the reason why it was added to the diets of patients with colostomies and ileostomies back in the 1940s and 1950s. These days, doctors still use it for the same purpose and it was scientifically shown that 100-200mg daily reduced fecal and urine odor.
- Kills Fungi and Bacteria
Due to its antifungal and antibacterial properties, cilantro is often added in health products designed for treating skin issues like dermatitis and eczema. Regular consumption of this herb prevents larvae infestation and prevents bacterial overgrowth.
- Reduces Blood Pressure
Being abundant in potassium, it regulates sodium levels and thus keeps blood pressure in check. It has been also shown that it acts as diuretic which dilates blood vessels and lowers blood pressure levels.