Cilantro is a Mediterranean medicinal plant that is also known as coriander, and it has a strong and aromatic flavor (that people tend to love or hate!). It is found in many savory dishes in both traditional and modern cuisines. It has dark green, hairless, soft leaves that vary in shape, with long stems that hold a citrusy flavor. Not only does cilantro have a powerful taste and aroma, it also comes with amazing health benefits.
The Top Health Benefits of Cilantro:
- Cilantro is rich in antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber. All of these things reduce LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol), while at the same time, raises HDL levels (good cholesterol).
- It is filled with vitamins A, K, and C, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron.
- It is high in fiber.
- Cilantro is a natural metal detoxifier. The compounds found in cilantro loosen heavy metals such as mercury and aluminum that are stored in fat tissues and then helps transport them out of the body.
- It can help prevent urinary infections.
- It can lower blood sugar levels.
- Cilantro has been shown to reduce menstrual cramping and hormonal mood swings.
- Cilantro leaves and stems contain antioxidant polyphenolic flavonoids.
- It is a strong anti-inflammatory herb.
Learn how to grow your own cilantro right at home with Homegrown Herbs: A Complete Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying More than 100 Herbs by Tammi Hartung. This step-by-step reference book teaches you the complete process of growing and harvesting your own herb garden.
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