Cilantro is a popular Mediterranean herb which is called as coriander leaf in Asian countries. It is used as a garnish in many dishes. In the United States, the leaves of the plant are referred to as cilantro (the Spanish translation) and the seeds are referred to as coriander. Cilantro is also commonly referred to as Chinese parsley.

Let us get to know the health benefits of coriander leaves.

Cilantro or coriander leaves decrease the risk of obesity, overall mortality, diabetes and heart disease. In addition, they promote healthy skin and hair, increased energy and overall reduction in weight.

Healthy heart

Cilantro is a cholesterol free herb that can help you keep your heart free from diseases. It is packed with powerful anti-oxidants, essential oils, vitamins and fiber which can help your body to convert bad body fat or cholesterol (LDL). Cilantro also helps to melt or dissolve the fat build up in your arteries.

Cilantro

Controls anxiety

Cilantro helps a lot when you feel stressful or anxious. The vitamins in the leaves help your body to relax and relieve stress. It calms the nervous system. You can consume cilantro juice or extract once day if you have an anxiety disorder.

How to make cilantro juice

  1. Chop cilantro roughly.
  2. Blend cilantro leaves with water and add lemon/mint for flavor.
    • Cilantro can be mixed along with cucumber juice and served chill.
    • Cilantro can be added with celery juice and topped with mint leaves.

Promotes peaceful sleep

When you consume the above mentioned juice/extract, your nervous system calms down and hence promotes sound sleep. The vitamin B in cilantro helps you de-stress and calm your mind.

Reduces blood pressure

Cilantro is good source of potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese, but low in sodium. The low sodium and high potassium combination helps the blood pressure stay under control. Iron is also vital for the body to create red blood cells.

Metal detoxifier

Usually metal comes into our body when we consume non-organic food, fish and meat. It could also be due to smoking, using deodorants, food cooked in aluminum vessel, usage of aluminum foils, metal fillings in teeth and taking drugs that may contain metals. Sounds dangerous! Yes it is. Metal consumption can lead to problems like heart failure, cancer, emotional weakness, kidney failure, bone weakness and lung failures.

Coriander ingredient

Cilantro has the ability to remove mercury from the brain and central nervous system by separating it from the fat tissue. This is then transferred into the blood and lymph where it gets removed safely in combination with blue green algae called spirulina. This combination can provide relief from mercury poisoning and toxicity. Cilantro is one of the best metal detoxifiers for our body. You can chew on the fresh leaves or you can drink cilantro juice once in a week to detoxify your body.

Helps digestion

Since cilantro helps our body to produce more digestive enzymes, it helps our body to digest food smoothly and settles disorders. It also helps a lot for people who have gastrointestinal problems. It not only helps in settling digestion problems, it also helps to reduce nausea. It also promotes good liver health.

Anti-Cancer herb

Herbs such as cilantro also contain phyto chemicals. These herbs are most of all known for their role in the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases. The National Cancer Institute (US) has determined that cilantro is among the group of herbs with anti-cancer properties.

Contains Vitamin K

Vitamin K is necessary to stop bleeding by creating a clot immediately. The vitamin also plays an important role in bone health. Furthermore, low levels of vitamin K have also been associated with increased risk of arthritis. The deficiency could in addition be a risk factor for osteoporosis. Cilantro contains high amounts of Vitamin K consequently keeping many of these issues at bay.

Anti-bacterial and Anti-fungal

Cilantro contains a compound called dodecenal which can kill salmonella bacteria and prevent salmonella poisoning. The anti-bacterial properties of cilantro also helps to promote oral health. You can also use cilantro to cure small pox and diarrhea, since mostly it occurs because of bacteria or fungal infections. These many benefits probably led to its usage in almost every dish in many Asian countries. Sprinkle roughly chopped raw cilantro on dishes for an enhanced flavor and good health.

Chopped coriander

Menstrual cycle regulation

The linoleic acid, ascorbic acid, steric acid and palmitic acid present in cilantro seeds support proper secretion of hormones. This results in preventing menstrual disorders.

How to consume the seeds – Soak a spoonful of seeds overnight in water. Consume the seeds tge next morning to get optimum benefit.

Remedy for irritation 

You can drink coriander juice to get a relief from irritation and burning sensation while passing urine. It cools the body and helps to relieve of such heat related problems.

There are many benefits you can get from Cilantro or coriander herb. It is said that when you regularly consume cilantro, you can have better skin and hair too!!

Kripa Sivasubramanian, MBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. After a long stint in the Technology sector, she took up courses in natural medicine and yoga. Ms. Kripa is certified in Ayurvedic yoga for Dosha. She is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.