Cilantro is known to be rich in phytonutrients, flavonoids and active phenolic acid compounds, all of which are good for you. Many believe that cilantro and the seeds (often called coriander), have been found to help control blood sugar, lower cholesterol and fight inflammation and free radicals. There is further speculations that cilantro may also have antimicrobial properties.
Cilantro and Heavy Metal Cleansing:
This amazing herb 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.
Help Stabilize Blood Sugars?
This one I found a interesting for obvious reasons. A study that was done on mice confirmed that this herb has an anti-diabetic effect and can control blood sugar. When juiced and consumed regularly, cilantro can help stimulate the secretion of insulin, thereby lowering blood sugar for type 2 diabetics. Also, four ounces of cilantro contains 3 grams of fiber. Fiber promotes regularity, helps fill you up and reduces cholesterol. It is also beneficial for type 1 and type 2 diabetics as it helps reduce blood sugar spikes keeps blood-sugar levels stable.
Assist With Eye Health:
I’ve mentioned it before but as diabetics we need to stay on top of our eye health. The high beta-carotene and antioxidants in cilantro make it one of the best herbs that helps alleviate eye problems thus improving eyesight. In addition, it also help reduce the threat posed by age; associated with vision disorders such as macular degeneration, and cataract.
Cilantro And Macronutrients:
Protein, carbohydrates and fat make up the macronutrients, which the body needs in large quantities. These nutrients make up the calorie content of a food. Cilantro is low in fat and has about an even amount of protein and carbs. A 4-ounce serving contains 4 grams of carbs, 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fat and 26 calories. The protein content in cilantro is high in comparison to other herbs and vegetables. The recommended daily intake of carbs is 130 grams for the average adult. Men however, should get 56 grams of protein, while women need at least 46 grams. Fat should be kept to 25 to 35 percent of total daily calories. Based on 2,000-calorie diet, this would be 50 to 70 grams.
All herbs are wonderful for cardiovascular support. The organic acids found in cilantro have been found to help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise good cholesterol (HDL). It
also helps dissolve cholesterol build up in the arteries to help those suffering from atherosclerosis and heart disease.
To receive the benefits of cilantro can be as simple as combining it with foods you already eat. Cilantro can be chopped and added to just about any Mexican dish to add a fresh and authentic flavor. It can also be used to make salsa or guacamole, or a homemade pesto or chutney. Also try including it in scrambled eggs, potato salad, a quesadilla, soup or a salad.
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