Have you heard of Cilantro, otherwise known as Coriander? It is the most delicious smelling herb that is an anti-oxidant and can do all of the following for you.
- Prevent cardiovascular disease
- Metal detoxification
- Improve sleep
- Prevent diabetes
- Lower blood sugar
- Even blood pressure
- Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal
- Natural deodorant
One would normally find cilantro in a salsa, in guacamole or in a salad dressing. You can use the whole herb although the fresh leaves are usually used in salads and the dry seeds in cooking.
There are cilantro essential oils that the ancient Greeks used in perfumes, and the Romans used cilantro to hide the smell of rotting meat.
So there are several general benefits for cilantro, but also some incredible health benefits.
Prevent cardiovascular disease
Cilantro has organic acids which have been shown to reduce the bad cholesterol in your body (LDL) and to increase the good cholesterol (HDS). Cilantro not only prevents cardiovascular disease but also helps people suffering from it. It can dissolve the accumulation of cholesterol in the arteries.
Very often heavy metals enter our body through processed foods or chemically enhanced products. Unfiltered water, tinned foods, processed food, some fish, deodorants, smoking or exposure to smoke, aluminum foil or aluminum utensils, vaccines, over-the-counter drugs, metal fillings or even antacids can all contain unhealthy metals in our blood supply and bodies. These metals can cause illness or disease — heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, mental illness, weak bones and lower brain function. Cilantro has these chemical compounds that can attach to the toxic metals, loosen them from the tissues and flush them out.
Cilantro contains loads of antioxidants which means this herb can protect you from disease and illness, and also help you to age well. Cilantro can protect you from heart disease, cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and most chronic diseases. The high level of antioxidants protect cells from free radical damage. Quercetin is found in cilantro, a miracle antioxidant.
Cilantro works as a mild sedative. It can relieve stress and worry by working as a calming agent. It is an excellent stress reliever. Try some cilantro, celery and cucumber juice and see how calm your mind feels.
Because cilantro works as a mild sedative, relieves stress and pressure and has calming effects, it works wonderfully for sleep too. Eat some, mix it in with hot water, or make a juice, just before bed.
Cilantro can reduce cholesterol and reduce blood sugar and is known as the ‘anti diabetic’ plant. Cilantro is loaded with potassium, a super healthy mineral. By eating cilantro and minimizing your salt intake, your blood sugar levels can be significantly improved
Balance your blood Pressure
Use cilantro in your salads and juices. A high potassium diet, and cilantro is loaded with potassium, with low sodium, can keep your blood pressure balanced. Cilantro can be used to treat hypertension as 100 grms of the fresh leaves contain 521 mgs potassium and just 46 mgs of sodium.
Anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties
Cilantro can be used for general health and wellbeing. It has antimicrobial substances in it, and acts as a natural antiseptic agent for skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. In the olden days it was used to treat small pox. It can be used as an anti-fungal too.
Cilantro works as an internal deodorant. It eliminates the toxins from the kidneys, liver and digestive tract, getting rid of any excess bacteria. This bacteria usually leaves the body as sweat, which can be smelly. Cilantro is rich in chlorophyll and due to the high oxygen content, this pigment is not preferred by bacteria. You will therefore smell fresh all the time