Cilantro is a plant that’s widely used as a spice, especially in Indian and Arabic cuisine, but also in other countries.
However, it’s a plant that causes many controversies, because there are those who love it and those who hate it.
Have you ever eaten cilantro? Did you like it or not?
Science explains why there’s this love-hate relationship with this plant. One of the main ingredients of cilantro can resemble the smell and taste of some insects.
This is the reason why some people hate cilantro. Cilantro is an aromatic plant that has health benefits by controlling cholesterol and blood sugar levels and preventing diseases suchas heart attacks and diabetes.
In addition, cilantro contains a lot of potassium, which helps to eliminate excess sodium through the urine, thus controlling high blood pressure.
Since it contains a high concentration of vitamin C and vitamin A, it also strengthens the immune system, prevents premature aging and keeps the skin hydrated and firm.
The main health benefits of cilantro include:
1. Maintains skin health
Since cilantro is rich in antioxidants that reduce the damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays, it helps prevent premature skin aging by reducing wrinkles and skin sagging.
2. Prevents some types of cancer
Cilantro is rich in antioxidants that can prevent the action of free radicals in the body, thus preventing some types of cancer such as breast, skin, lung and prostate cancer.
3. Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides
Due to its high content of healthy fats, cilantro promotes the lowering of “bad” cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the body, preventing the formation of fatty deposits in the arteries and veins. In addition, cilantro also promotes the increase of “good” cholesterol, protecting the body from diseases such as heart attacks, strokes and arteriosclerosis.
4. Controls high blood pressure
Cilantro is rich in potassium, which helps maintain blood pressure at a normal level. The plant is also rich in calcium, which helps to relax the arteries, thus promoting blood circulation.
5. Improves digestion
Cilantro has a strong anti-inflammatory and liver-protective effect, which protects and improves liver function, promoting food digestion and nutrient absorption.
6. Prevents diabetes
Some studies have shown that the consumption of cilantro is able to balance blood sugar levels, preventing insulin resistance and diabetes.
7. Keeps your bowels working
The essential oil in cilantro fights excess bad bacteria in the intestines and balances the intestinal flora, preventing infections and diarrhea. In addition, cilantro also helps against constipation.
8.Helps detoxify the liver
Cilantro has a strong antioxidant effect and helps detoxify the liver by facilitating the body’s elimination of toxins and toxic metals such as mercury. Both the leaves and seeds of cilantro can be found in supermarkets and markets, and are used as a seasoning in salads, pastas, stews, juices, teas and in spices such as curry.
To prepare a tea and get all these benefits, add 1 tablespoon of coriander seeds to 500 ml of boiling water. Let it steep for 2 minutes, turn off the heat and let the mixture sit for another 10 minutes.
Strain it and drink it warm right after.
Another option is to add 1 tablespoon of cilantro leaves to 250 ml of boiling water, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes, strain it and drink it hot or cold. After knowing all these benefits,would you dare to try cilantro?
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8 Surprising Health Benefits of Coriander