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Health Benefits of Cilantro

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Other names of cilantro are coriander and Chinese parsley. It's a famous herb used all over the world and recognized for its distinct taste and health benefits.

The first trace of cilantro growing was discovered in King Tut's tomb in Egypt. It's more than likely to have come from someplace else since it isn't found in the wild in Egypt. In the 1800s, it seems to have found its way to North America.

Cilantro can be mixed with ginger and water and may also be used as a garnish on sweet potatoes. Adding cilantro to different cuisines changes the flavor of the meals with added health benefits. It's very popular in Mexican foods to spice up tacos and burritos.

Prevents Food Poisoning

Salmonella, a bacterium that grows when food deteriorates or is prepared in unclean circumstances, is the most common cause of food poisoning. Making meals with cilantro may help delay this bacterium development and preserve food for a longer length of time. This is due to the presence of a substance called dodecanal, which is said to have antibacterial properties almost twice as powerful as the standard antibiotic treatment.

Lower Cholesterol Levels

Fatty acids found in coriander, such as stearic acid, linoleic acid, and palmitic acid, may help lower blood cholesterol levels. They also reduce the effect of atherosclerosis on the blood circulatory system by preventing fatty acid buildup inside the walls of blood vessels. Vitamin C also decreases cholesterol oxidation on the walls of blood vessels, making the removal of plaques more difficult. Cilantro may assist in maintaining an optimal cholesterol ratio by increasing HDL levels.

Manages Diabetes

Cilantro has endocrine-stimulating properties, which include enhanced insulin secretion. If insulin sensitivity hasn't already decreased substantially, this may assist in controlling blood glucose levels. The glycemic index is intrinsically low and enhances the nutritional value of the food. Therefore, it should be eaten whether or not it directly boosts insulin production.

Good for Sleep

Though people don't usually eat big amounts of this plant at once, research has shown that high doses provide effects comparable to the prescription drug diazepam. Coriander also has anti-anxiety properties, which may help relax and sleep better.

Stimulates Digestion

The fragrance of cilantro triggers a brain reaction that boosts the production of digestive chemicals and enzymes. This starts in the mouth and continues into the gastrointestinal tract. Cilantro may help with indigestion, and therefore it's a good idea to include it in more meals.

Aids in the Reduction of Allergen Sensitivity

Cilantro has anti-histaminic effects, meaning it may help the immune system cope with seasonal allergens. Some cultures have traditionally used cilantro to decrease allergy reactions after being accidentally exposed to toxic or very allergic plants in the environment. Today, frequent intake of cilantro may help prevent allergic reactions and even relieve rhinitis symptoms such as congestion, runny nose, and sneezing.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Columbia, S.C.

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