Love It or Hate It? Health Benefits of Cilantro

Cilantro is a controversial, yet healthy vegetable.

I have to be honest, I love cilantro. Most people in the world either love it or hate it, and there is actually scientific evidence that 14% of people have a genetic variant that makes cilantro taste like soap or dirt. Luckily, I don’t have that particular genetic variant, and I can’t get enough of the stuff.

If you’re like me, you should also know that there are plenty of health benefits to cilantro as well.

A quarter cup of cilantro is chock full of nutrients like vitamins A, K, and C. These vitamins help with bone health, healing, and immunity.

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Cilantro is also high in antioxidants called Polyphenols. Polyphenols help protect your cells from oxidation and free radicals. They also reduce inflammation, and help protect from premature aging.

Historically, cilantro has been used to treat inflammation, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, blood pressure, and cardiovascular issues. While I wouldn’t suggest treating your heart disease with cilantro, adding it to your meals can’t hurt.

Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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