But its not used just for cooking and eating. Cilantro was used in ancient Greece as a component of perfume, was used by the Romans to mask the smell of rotten meat, and is a natural cleansing agent effective with heavy metals.
Coriander seeds are used in traditional Indian medicine as a diuretic. In holistic and traditional medicine it is used as a digestive aid. James A. Duke, Ph.D., a former botanist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and author of The CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, cites the digestive-system-promoting benefits of cilantro and recommends drinking a cup of the tea made from a handful of the leaves when experiencing any form of stomach discomfort.
Coriander has been documented as a traditional treatment for Type 2 diabetes, according to Wikipedia. Coriander seeds were also found to have a significant hypolipidaemic effect on rats resulting in lowering levels of total cholesterol and triglycerides and increasing levels of high-density lipoprotein.
Research conducted by The Dental School of Piracicaba in Brazil found cilantro oil to be a new natural antifungal formulation opportunity. The School of Life Science in Tamil Nadu, India noted, after researching the anti-diabetic activity of cilantro, the leaves and stem, if used in cuisine would be a remedy for diabetes.
Cilantro seed oil possesses antioxidative and antihyperglycemic properties, and consumption may decrease oxidative stress. It has also been examined and described to have a blood-sugar lowering effect. Other benefits include strong antioxidant activity and demonstrated antibacterial activity. Cilantro has also been shown to have anti-anxiety effects, has demonstrated anti-fungal activity, may help improve sleep quality, and may be able to help prevent cardiovascular damage.
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