What Are the Benefits of Cilantro Tincture?

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The herb cilantro comes from the coriander plant. Similar in appearance to parsley, cilantro is used in cuisines around the world. A cilantro tincture is essentially a concentrated liquid form of cilantro that has been preserved using a solvent such as alcohol or vinegar. Cilantro tinctures are rich in vitamin C and have many cleansing and purifying qualities that may be beneficial to your health. Always consult with your physician to rule out contraindications before adding an herbal remedy to your health maintenance routine.

Digestive Aid

Cilantro tinctures can aid digestion by increasing the secretion of gastric juices in the stomach. This can help to break down food more quickly after eating. Improved digestion can help to decrease feelings of gas and bloating and may make the occurance of diarrhea and/or constipation less frequent.

Heavy Metals Removal

Cilantro has been shown to seek out and bind to harmful metals in body tissue and fluids such as mercury, lead and aluminum and facilitate the excretion of these compounds, a process called chelation. A study by Omura, Shimotsuura, Fukuoka, Fukuoka and Nomoto found that levels of these metals in the body could be significantly reduced when treated with cilantro four times a day for two weeks. By decreasing the occurrence of metals in the body you can also decrease the existence of damaging free radicals, which can lead to cancer and other health problems.

Anti-Inflammatory Aid

Cilantro contains many chemical compounds, including vitamin C, cineole and linoleic acid. These compounds exhibit antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to decrease swelling as well as decrease symptoms of arthritis. Linoleic acid is converted in the body to di-homo-gamma linoleic acid, which is then further converted into a prostoglandin called PGE1 that is a known anti-inflammatory and diuretic agent. This can help to not only reduce inflammation, but also increase excretion of excess fluids from the body, decreasing swelling.

Antibacterial properties

A study by Kubo, Fujita, Kubo, Nihei and Ogura published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that an active component of cilantro called dodecenal is an effective antibacterial agent that works against bacteria such as Salmonella. The study showed that the dodecenal in cilantro is more effective than the commonly used antibacterial drug gentamicin.