Cilantro is a famous herb worldwide. At first glance, this herb might remind us of flat-leaf parsley, but after we sniff it, the smell will transport us to India, the Mediterranean, Asia, and Mexico.
The cilantro is used in almost everything from salsa and guacamole, to noodle dishes, chimichurri sauces, and curries.
This bright, flavorful herb comes not only with culinary applications but with many health benefits and healing properties.
Top 7 Cilantro Benefits
1. It Can Lower Blood Glucose Levels
According to animal studies, the steams and leaves of cilantro can help reduce blood glucose levels. The Journal of Food Sciences published a study on this topic. According to this study, cilantro helps balance blood glucose and supports the healthy function of the livers.
The researchers think that cilantro can help in the treatment of diabetes. In order to improve our overall health and help reduce blood glucose levels, we need to take cilantro. Chop its leaves and add them to smoothies, salads, and salsas.
2. It Can Help Improve Eyesight
Cilantro contains antioxidants and beta-carotene. That is why it can help alleviate eye issues and improve eyesight.
Also, it can help lower the threat which is posed by age, linked to vision disorders like cataract and macular degeneration.
3. It Can Improve Sleep and Lower Anxiety
Cilantro can calms our nerves and benefits our sleep cycle. Also, thanks to its natural sedative effects it can improve our sleep quality.
The Indian Journal of Pharmacology published one study on this topic. According to this study, high levels of an extract of cilantro provide the same levels of anti-anxiety effect as Valium (diazepam), which is a popular prescription medication.
4. It Could Help Manage Cholesterol
This herb contains organic acids that raise the good (HDL) cholesterol and lower the bad (LDL) cholesterol.
Also, cilantro can help dissolve the buildup of cholesterol in the arteries. This can help people with heart disease and atherosclerosis.
5. It Can Remove Heavy Metals
According to one study, cilantro speeds up the removal of heavy metals. In this particular study, cilantro was used to eliminate heavy metal deposits which continued to plague patients after the first infection symptoms faded.
According to the results of the study, cilantro can remove heavy metal toxins from the body and also prevent the infections from occurring again.
6. Soothes Skin Irritations
We can use cilantro both externally and internally as a remedy for skin irritations such as poison ivy, hives, and sunburns. The cilantro can calm the response of the immune system against allergens, thanks to its anti-histamines.
We can make a mixture out of cilantro to treat any skin irritations yourself. All we need to do is to blend fresh cilantro with coconut oil. We can use this mixture topically to soothe hives, sunburns, dry skin, and poison ivy.
7. Protects From Oxidative Stress
Oxidative stress is related to many degenerative diseases such as macular degeneration, heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, arthritis, etc.
The cilantro can help protect against the damage from the free radicals, thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties.
How to Use Cilantro
We can quickly receive the benefits from this herb. You can chop the cilantro and added to almost any Mexican dish and contribute to authentic and fresh flavor.
Also, you can add it to make guacamole, salsa, chutney, or homemade pesto. You can also include it in a salad, scrambled eggs, a quesadilla, or a potato salad.
To find out more about the cilantro benefits, watch the video below.