Little Known Facts about Cilantro

12 April, 2019
The consumption of Cilantro, either as a condiment in your meals or in a tea, can help you improve your intestinal transit thanks to its antispasmodic properties.

Cilantro, which has a scientific name of Coriandrum sativum, is of unknown origin. However, some research suggests that this traditional plant could have come from northern Africa. In this article, we’ll share little known facts about cilantro with you.

This plant is cultivated as an annual in great quantities to ensure a year-round supply. It has compound leaves on spiked stems between 40 and 60 cm long.

One of the little known facts about cilantro is that it can be very healthy as a juice.

Cultures all over the world use cilantro to add flavor to their dishes. However, in some regions like in Southeast Asian and Latin America, it’s goes beyond a simple spice and is used almost daily. All parts of the plant are completely edible, but its leaves are the most popular because of their strong flavor. You can consume it in a variety of ways, the most common being to ingest the leaves. However, preparing it as a tea is another convenient option.

Also Read: The Best Teas for Constipation

Nutritional Value

This plant possesses curative properties according to alternative medicine. That’s because cilantro is rich in oils that stimulate the health of the digestive system, normalizing its functions. Some research has shown it may be effective for combating a lack of appetite caused by disease of the digestive system or if you have a pH imbalance in the stomach lining.

Cilantro provides a variety of nutritional benefits.  It’s a rich source of many vitamins, such as A, B, C, E and K.  It also contains large amounts of minerals, like potassium and iron.

Nutritional content per 100 grams

  • Vitamin A: .123mg
  • B1.239 mg
  • Vitamin B2: .290 mg
  • Vitamin B3: 2.310 mg
  • C: 21 mg
  • Calcium709 mg
  • Iron: 16.32 mg
  • Magnesium: 330 mg
  • Phosphorus: 409 mg
  • Potassium: 1.267 mg
  • Sodium: 35 mg
  • Zinc4.70 mg

See Also: 6 Ways to Reduce Sodium in Your Diet

Facts about cilantro: some of its properties

The retention of fluid in the respiratory system is a rather annoying health problem, but cilantro acts as a powerful expectorant: simply make a tea or infusion from its leaves.

Other incredible properties of cilantro

  • Many people use it as a breath freshener.
  • Drinking a glass of cilantro tea before bed will help you sleep more deeply and restore your body’s energy.
  • Women can also add this to their list of natural remedies for menstrual cramps.  The properties of cilantro ease cramps to make getting through your day easier.
  • Cilantro possesses relaxing properties, making it useful as an antispasmodic.
  • The compounds contained in cilantro have antibacterial properties, making it beneficial for cleaning and healing wounds.
  • Cilantro stimulates brain activity, which results in better mental performance.

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this article on little-known facts about cilantro!

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