The leaves of cilantro are
antibacterial, antiinflammatory,
and can
significantly improve the
blood cholesterol profile.

Cilantro has a reputation for being high on the list of the healing herbs. Research has shown that when cilantro was added to the diet of diabetic mice, it helped stimulate their secretion of insulin and lowered their blood sugar. The leaves contain the compound dodecenal, which tests show is twice as effective at killing salmonella bacteria as some antibiotics. In addition, eight other antibiotic compounds were isolated from the plant. Cilantro has also been shown to lower “bad” cholesterol and increase “good” cholesterol. It is a good source of several nutrients, including potassium and calcium, and contains high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin, which help protect our eyes and eyesight.

  • Regulates blood sugars and therefore may help diabetics and people who are insulin-resistant.

  • Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.

  • Has a positive impact on blood cholesterol levels.

  • May contribute to improved eye health.

Practical tips:

Use fresh cilantro as it loses most of its aroma and flavor when dried. The leaves are very delicate so store carefully, well wrapped, or use leaves from a growing plant. Fresh cilantro should be added to cooked dishes, such as curries, at the last minute, as once cooked it loses aroma and flavor.

Leaves of fresh cilantro bear a strong resemblance to Italian flat-leaf parsley—they both belong to the same plant family, umbelliferae.

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