Cilantro Leaf Benefits

 
04-Aug-2011 by

Cilantro leaf benefitsCilantro leaf is a common herb used in South Asia cuisine. They are part of Mexican dishes like salsa, guacamole and are used generously in Chinese dishes. They are also known as coriander leaves, fresh coriander, and Chinese parsley. Cilantro leaves have a distinct taste and smell from their seeds. While some people like the citrus overtones of cilantro leaf, others nurture an inborn aversion to it. Whether you like it or abhor it, there is no way you can ignore the many cilantro leaf benefits. Read on to get a gist of the same…

 

Health Benefits of Cilantro Leaf

Cilantro leaves have many known health benefits. They have antibacterial properties effective against Salmonella and urinary tract infections. The leaves have been found to aid digestion, settle stomach, and prevent flatulence. The anti-inflammatory properties of the herb help in alleviating arthritis symptoms.
They also are effective against nausea and intestinal gas. The coriander is a good source of phytonutrients, flavonoids, magnesium, iron, and dietary fiber. The leaves lower bad cholesterol and raise levels of good cholesterol, thereby contributing to heart health too. Very often, cilantro is added to medicines to improve flavor.

 

Culinary Uses of Cilantro Leaf

Cilantro leaves are used in curries, chutneys, and pickles. In Southwestern US and Mexico, they are used in everything from salads, salsas, and burritos to meat dishes. The herb can be chopped, crushed with mortar and pestle or made into a paste in order to release wonderful flavor. Chopped cilantro leaves make ideal garnish for cooked food as heat tends to diminish their flavor. Hence, the only thing to remember while using cilantro in cooking is to add it to the dish only at the very end.

 

Enjoy Cilantro Leaf Benefits

  • It is a natural cleanser and rids body of heavy metals.
  • Fresh coriander leaf paste can help to stop nose bleeding.
  • Get rid of constipation by chewing on fresh cilantro leaves.
  • Chew on the herb to sooth mouth ulcers and get rid of bad breath.
  • Cilantro is beneficial for common cold and mild asthma occurring in children.

 

Cilantro leaf benefits and uses are numerous. This wonder herb can add taste and flavor to food as well as health.

 

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Comments

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Anonymous says :

Cilantro is my favorite herb and I use it in almost everything I cook. After knowing all the health benefits of cilantro, probably I'll start using this in more quantity. Thanks a lot for the research.
Posted on: 8 August 2011 - 3:56am
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Sudipa says :

I often use chopped cilantro in my curries..love their distinct flavor!
Posted on: 8 August 2011 - 11:51am
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thot4food says :

I love coriander. never knew they were the same as cilantro. thanks
Posted on: 8 August 2011 - 1:03pm
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