Health Benefits of Eating
Effective Heavy Metal
DetoxificationOne of the most important health advantages cilantro provides is
the ability to rid your body of heavy metals, when combined with
chlorella and garlic extracts. Cilantro is particularly used in
chelation of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and aluminum
from the body. Not only that, it also eliminate gas in your
Prevent DiabetesResearch has proven that cilantro promotes insulin secretion and
helps reduce blood sugar. In a study, mice fed with diet with
cilantro have recorded a significant drop in their blood sugar
Great for Eyes and SkinCilantro has excellent health effects on eyes and skin due to
its high vitamin A content. It supplies 6748 IU or 225% of RDA
of vitamin A in every 100 g of the herb. Vitamin A is an
essential nutrient that helps improve your mucus membranes and
skin. Nutritionists have recommended foods rich in vitamin A to
protect against eye diseases including age-related macular
Wonderful AntibacterialAnother merit of cilantro is the antibacterial properties to
combat Salmonella, enterobacteria that are responsible for
foodborne illness and typhoid fever. The bacteria are eliminated
by dodecenal, a compound that are found abundantly in the herb.
Enriched with Vitamin KCilantro is a good source of vitamin K. Health effects of taking
sufficient vitamin K include increase of osteotrophic activity
in your bones and slow down of neuronal damage of brain among
Alzheimer’s disease patients.
Full of PhytonutrientsCilantro contains loads of health properties especially
phytonutrients, namely borneol, camphor, carvone, elemol,
epigenin, geraniol, kaempferol, limonene, linalool, quercitin,
rhamnetin, vitamin A and vitamin C. They are powerful
antioxidants to fight against free radicals and capable of
enhancing the immune system of your body.
Packed with Useful MineralsApart from the many health purposes of consuming cilantro
mentioned earlier, the nutritious herb is a vital source of
minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. They are
crucial to reduce the health risk and contribute to your overall
fitness and wellbeing.
Facts about Cilantro
Cilantro (scientific name Coriandrum sativum), also known as Chinese
parsley, is the leaves of a plant called coriander. Traditionally,
the seed-like fruit of the plant are also called coriander. Just like anise,
caraway, cumin, dill and fennel, coriander plant is from the Apiaceae family.
The coriander plant does not transplant well. When growing the
plant for cilantro, you may use succession planting as a way to
shield it from extreme heat because it tends to bolt. The best time
to harvest cilantro is when the plant is 6 inches tall. Harvesting
cilantro can start with removing leaves from outer layer and leaving
the new leaves inside. Clean the picked cilantro and dry them
completely before use or store.
Cilantro Nutrition Facts and Calories
Nutritional Value of
1/4 cups (4 g) Raw Cilantro
Cilantro Pesto Recipe
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- 1 garlic clove
- 1/2 cup of mixed cashews, pine nuts and almond
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
Mix the olive oil and cilantro in a blender. Add the garlic, mixed
nuts and lemon juice. Blend until the mixture becomes thick paste
and can be frozen.
Cilantro Side Effects
Cilantro is usually safe when consumed in food amounts. However,
pregnant women have to be careful as it may increase the risk of
miscarriage. Expecting mothers should consult the doctor before
eating cilantro. People with cilantro allergy must not consume the
herb at all.
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