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Health Benefits of Cilantro

health benefits of cilantro

I love putting cilantro into almost everything I eat.  Although the taste is mild, it gives my dishes a little zing to it.  Cilantro is most often cited as being effective for heavy metal cleansing and rightfully so, this herb is a powerful, natural cleansing agent. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to heavy metals and loosen them from the tissue. Many people suffering from mercury exposure report a reduction in the often-cited feeling of disorientation after consuming large and regular amounts of cilantro over an extended period.

Other Benefits of Cilantro

  • May be able to help prevent cardiovascular damage. [1]
  • The School of Life Science in Tamil Nadu, India noted, after researching the anti diabetic activity of cilantro, the leaves and stem, “if used in cuisine would be a remedy for diabetes.” [2]
  • Strong antioxidant activity. [3]
  • Has been shown to have anti-anxiety effects. [4]
  • May help improve sleep quality. [5]
  • Has been examined and described to have a blood-sugar lowering effect. [6]
  • Cilantro seed oil possess antioxidative and antihyperglycemic properties, consumption may decrease oxidative stress. [7]
  • Research conducted by The Dental School of Piracicaba in Brazil found cilantro oil to be a new natural antifungal formulation opportunity. [8]
  • Demonstrated antibacterial activity. [9]
  • Has demonstrated anti-fungal activity. [10]

References:

  1. Patel DK, Desai SN, Gandhi HP, Devkar RV, Ramachandran AV. Cardio protective effect of Coriandrum sativum L. on isoproterenol induced myocardial necrosis in rats. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22750725
  2. Sreelatha S, Inbavalli R. Antioxidant, antihyperglycemic, and antihyperlipidemic effects of Coriandrum sativum leaf and stem in alloxan-induced diabetic rats. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22671941
  3. Park G, Kim HG, Kim YO, Park SH, Kim SY, Oh MS. Coriandrum sativum L. protects human keratinocytes from oxidative stress by regulating oxidative defense systems. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22301773
  4. Mahendra P, Bisht S. Anti-anxiety activity of Coriandrum sativum assessed using different experimental anxiety models. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22022003
  5. Rakhshandeh H, Sadeghnia HR, Ghorbani A. Sleep-prolonging effect of Coriandrum sativum hydro-alcoholic extract in mice. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21988208
  6. Aissaoui A, Zizi S, Israili ZH, Lyoussi B. Hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects of Coriandrum sativum L. in Meriones shawi rats. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21718774
  7. Deepa B, Anuradha CV. Antioxidant potential of Coriandrum sativum L. seed extract. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21365993
  8. Furletti VF, Teixeira IP, Obando-Pereda G, Mardegan RC, Sartoratto A, Figueira GM, Duarte RM, Rehder VL, Duarte MC, Höfling JF. Action of Coriandrum sativum L. Essential Oil upon Oral Candida albicans Biofilm Formation. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21660258
  9. Lixandru BE, Drăcea NO, Dragomirescu CC, Drăgulescu EC, Coldea IL, Anton L, Dobre E, Rovinaru C, Codiţă I. Antimicrobial activity of plant essential oils against bacterial and fungal species involved in food poisoning and/or food decay. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21462837
  10. Soares BV, Morais SM, dos Santos Fontenelle RO, Queiroz VA, Vila-Nova NS, Pereira CM, Brito ES, Neto MA, Brito EH, Cavalcante CS, Castelo-Branco DS,Rocha MF. Antifungal activity, toxicity and chemical composition of the essential oil of Coriandrum sativum L. fruits.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22785271
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