Cilantro is a popular Mediterranean herb also commonly called coriander. It is part of most modern kitchens and very often used to garnish curries, salads and soups.
Cilantro or coriander is an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. It is best used while it is fresh as it retains its unique fragrance and aromatic flavour. Freshly chopped coriander leaves are a great addition to green salad.
It is also rich in many vital vitamins including folic-acid, vitamin-A, beta carotene and vitamin-C that are essential for optimum health. Vitamin-C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Cilantro leaves provides 30% of daily recommended levels of vitamin C.
The health benefits of cilantro are many. Its powerful anti-inflammatory capacities that can help one deal with symptoms of arthritis. It also increases HDL cholesterol (the good kind), and reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad kind).
Coriander leaves offer great relief from stomach indigestion problems. It also helps reduce feelings of nausea. Studies have shown that it has got strong antioxidant properties and it helps promote healthy liver function.