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5 Health Benefits of Cilantro Leaf [Infographic]

Cilantro Leaf
Cilantro leaf is an aromatic herb with a rich history of medicinal use dating as far back as five thousand years ago. Modern studies suggest that it helps relieve bloating, prevents neurodegenerative diseases, supports healthy liver function, and eases tension and improve sleep quality. The herb adds a mild, minty flavor to tea infusions.
Cilantro Leaf Infographic
What is cilantro leaf?
Cilantro leaf (and coriander, which comes from the same plant) is used as a culinary spice in many cuisines and as a medicinal herb. Cilantro was employed in ancient Egyptian medicine and in traditional Chinese, Middle Eastern and Ayurvedic medicine to support digestive health and other ailments. It is a historically prolific herb, having been brought to Britain by the Romans, where it eventually spread to the Americas by Spanish explorers. In Europe, it was traditionally thought to possess aphrodisiac properties. Today, cilantro is used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from indigestion to joint pain.
Botanical name: Coriandrum sativum
Other names: Coriander, Chinese parsley
Description: An annual plant that grows to 2 feet tall with fine leaves, small white or pink flowers, and rounded seeds
Habitat: Native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East, it is now cultivated worldwide
Properties*: Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, hepatoprotective
The health benefits of cilantro leaf according to research
1. Digestive Health
In herbal medicine, an infusion of cilantro is used as a gentle remedy for flatulence, bloating, and cramps. Preliminary clinical research suggests that a blended tea containing cilantro and other herbal ingredients may increase the number of bowel movements in elderly people with constipation. Evidence from other studies suggests that an extract of cilantro with other herbal ingredients may reduce abdominal pain and discomfort in patients with irritable bowel syndrome.
2. Energy & Brain Support
Extensive research over the last decade has indicated that spices such as cilantro may have anti-inflammatory properties which could help prevent neurodegenerative diseases, conditions which result in degeneration of the nervous system, especially the neurons in the human brain. Examples of neurodegenerative diseases include Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and brain tumor.
3. Heart and Circulatory Health
Cilantro has been used in traditional and herbal medicine to treat diabetes. According to modern research studies, the plant exhibits insulin-releasing and insulin-like activity and has therapeutic potential for treating low blood sugar levels and diabetes. In a study published in the Journal of Food Sciences, researchers found that when diabetes was diagnosed, cilantro helped support healthy liver function, and to balance blood sugar levels.
4. Immunity and Overall Health
Cilantro appear to have antimicrobial, antioxidant and hepatoprotective (liver-protecting) properties, according to research studies. In one particular study, cilantro leaves were found to have anti-bacterial activity against the food-borne pathogen, salmonella, which is commonly found in raw food products that come from animals. Another research study found that cilantro essential oil inhibits bacteria such as staph infection, E. coli, and other bacteria.
5. Stress & Mood Support
Cilantro has natural sedative effects that may help ease tension and improve sleep quality. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, high levels of cilantro extract were found to produce the same levels of anti-anxiety effects as a popular prescription drug, Valium (diazepam), without reported dangerous side effects.

Disclaimer

* These are some of the pharmacological actions that have been observed or are under study in various evidence-based research studies. Herb may have other properties not listed here.
The statements on this page are for educational purposes only and have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your healthcare practitioner prior to the use of any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have allergies or medical conditions.
The information has been sourced and extracted from scientific papers, academic journals, research abstracts, and other sources. While Purify Tea makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this website, Purify Tea does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficiency, timeliness, or correct sequencing of such information. Use of such information is voluntary, and reliance on it should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficiency, and timeliness. While many traditional or folkloric remedies have a long history of use, modern research has only begun to investigate and substantiate their effectiveness. Research is still ongoing in many areas therefore conclusions are subject to change.

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