Cilantro has been gaining much attention in recent years, and there’s a really good reason why. Coriander, as cilantro is also known is a beneficial herb which has amazing taste and aroma. It is mostly used in salsa or guacamole, but it is present in many other recipes as well, although it’s best used fresh.

The ancient Greeks used the herb to make perfumes, while the Ancient Romans used it to remove the stink from rotten meat. However, coriander has numerous health benefits which you probably haven’t heard about. Here are some of them:

  1. Cleans the body of toxic metals

Cilantro is a powerful detoxifier that can flush out all toxic metals from the body. They enter the body through food, unreliable water sources, deodorants, smoking or using aluminum foil, and when they accumulate in the organs, they present a serious problem which needs to be resolved sooner rather than later. Cilantro contains certain compounds that absorb metal from tissues and disposes of them easily.

  1. Treats cardiovascular problems

All green vegetables can protect the cardiovascular system and cilantro is no exception. It can regulate your cholesterol levels by eliminating the bad LDL cholesterol thanks to the organic acids which have a positive effect on cholesterol.

  1. Fights diabetes

As it regulates the cholesterol levels, cilantro also fights diabetes. Just 100 gr. of the herb contains 521 mg. of potassium, which should limit your sodium intake and reduce the symptoms of the disease.

  1. A natural antioxidant

Cilantro contains numerous antioxidants such as quercetin, which can fight free radicals in the body and slow down the aging process. This will later prevent the development of chronic diseases, and as an antioxidant the herb will reduce the symptoms of heart disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, etc.

  1. Deals with anxiety

Coriander has soothing effects and acts as a natural laxative and sedative which can calm your nerves in stressful situations. Mixing it with celery and cucumber juice will provide the same effect.

  1. Promotes healthy sleep

If you’re having problems with your sleep, take some cilantro and they will easily be relieved.

  1. Reduces high blood pressure

Coriander can easily deal with high blood pressure due to the high potassium and sodium content. Use it fresh, in a salad or juiced.

  1. Antifungal and antibacterial properties

These properties help cilantro treat numerous skin problem such as eczema and dermatitis, and the antibacterial properties will improve your health as well.

  1. Natural internal deodorant

Cilantro is rich in chlorophyll, a natural deodorant which can detoxify many organs and eliminate the bacteria that accumulate when we sweat.