(Coriandrum sativum) aka - Coriander Leaves
Cilantro is one of the most popular of Mediterranean herbs, and is known as ‘leaf-coriander’ in Asia. It is widely employed in savory dishes in all parts of the world. The herb contains many notable plant derived chemical compounds known to have disease preventing and health-promoting properties. Cilantro contains an anti-bacterial compound, ‘dodecena,’ shown to be a safe, natural means of fighting salmonella, a frequent and sometimes deadly cause of foodborn illness. Oil derived from cilantro has been found to assist the digestive system in the production of digestive enzymes. Cilantro contains an alcohol known as ‘borneol’ capable of destroying the viruses and germs that cause colds. Cilantro is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps to alleviate the symptoms of arthritis. Regular intake of cilantro helps reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL). Further benefits of cilantro include an ability to help control blood sugar and fight inflammation. The anti-oxidants found in cilantro help reduce free radical damage from exposure to sunlight. Research shows that daily use of cilantro helps in preventing skin cancer. Cilantro is often used for effectively cleansing the body of toxic metals since the chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissue.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Cilantro may provide relief from:
• Inflammatory Conditions
• High Cholesterol
• Skin Cancer
• Heavy Metals Toxicity
- Properties: Analgesic, Aphrodisiac, Anti-spasmodic, Flatus-relieving (carminative), Depurative, Deodorant, Digestive, Fungicidal, Lipolytic, Stimulant and Stomachic Primary nutrients: potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium, folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin-A, beta carotene, Vitamin-C, Vitamin-K