Cilantro is a culinary herb with a fresh and bright taste. It used around the world as a condiment, garnish, or decoration on culinary dishes. This superfood is a great source of vitamin and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and manganese.
Below are some of the reasons to consume more cilantro.
Helps Lower Cholesterol Levels
Cilantro contains compounds that are very effective in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood, according to the journal Environmental Biology. These important components include oleic acid, palmitic acid, linoleic acid, stearic acid, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). It raises the levels of HDL cholesterol while reducing the level of LDL cholesterol in which, deposition along the inner walls of the arteries and veins can lead to strokes, heart attacks, and atherosclerosis.
May Help Lower Blood Sugar Levels
When it comes to lowering blood sugar levels, cilantro leaves and stems were found to be beneficial. In an animal study, results showed that when diabetes has been diagnosed, the plant helps support healthy liver function and balance blood sugar.
Simply chop cilantro leaves and stems and then add to salsas, salads, and smoothies. This may help lower our blood sugar levels and improve overall health.
Helps Prevents Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infections can be caused by sexual activity, bacterial growth, or diabetes. Cilantro has antibacterial properties that can possibly help keep the urinary tract healthy and free from unhealthy bacteria in a healthy alkaline environment.
For this benefit, soak 1.5 teaspoons of cilantro seeds overnight in 2 cups of water. Strain and drink the next morning.
Aids in Digestion
The rich aroma of cilantro essential oil aids in the proper secretion of enzymes and digestive juices in the stomach thus stimulating digestion. Regular consumption of cilantro has been found to reduce indigestion.
Helps Cleanse The Body
Cilantro supports the body’s natural detoxification processes. It contains compounds that help flush out toxic material from the body. These compounds bind to toxic metals and loosen them from affected tissue thus allowing the metals to be naturally released from the body.
Obtain this benefit by consuming the raw leaves or ingesting concentrated extracts.
Supports Vision with Vitamin A
Aside from carrots or sweet potatoes, cilantro is also a good source of vitamin A which is needed for a healthy immune system, eyes, skin, and mucous membranes. Just a ¼ cup (enough for a garnish) can provide 270 IU of this essential nutrient to help keep our eyes sharp.