Saturday, 8 June 2013

Avocado-Cillantro Smoothie




I often watch Dr. Oz shows (so much for not doing anything) and some of the green smoothies he is promoting includes Cillantro or Corriander leaves as one of the ingredients.  That's why I have decided to experiment on cillantro.

Cillantro or Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), also known as Chinese parsley or dhania is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. It is native to regions spanning from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia (source:  wikipedia.org) 

Cillantro is usually used as garnish or added as an ingredient to many dishes including soups, salads, salsa, and even drinks.  I love cillantro and I can't get enough of it.  It give's that citrussy flavor to my smoothies.  Though sometimes I feel a mild aversion to it specially when I am preparing the leaves as it smells like that of a stinky bug.  My husband doesn't like the taste and smell of cillantro specially when I add it to his smoothies but he likes it with salsas and other dishes. Nonetheless, overall, I love the refreshing herby and ctirussy flavor of cillantro.

The very reason that I love cillantro is due to its toxic metal cleansing properties.  Cillantro has chemical compounds that bind to toxic metals (like mercury, arsenic, and lead) and loosen them from the tissues in our body, that makes this herb a powerful natural cleaning agent.  That property of cillantro is often highlighted in Dr. Oz show. you can read about this at Detoxify heavy metals and soothe chronic inflammation with cilantro, a powerful 'superherb'


Here are some of the Health benefits of cilantro (coriander) 


  • Cognitive Function Benefits : Consuming cilantro might help improve your memory. Research published in the January 2011 issue of the "Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture" says mouse studies suggest cognitive benefits from ingesting cilantro; researchers theorize it might be useful for Alzheimer's patients. Human studies are needed to help support this hypothesis. (source : Livestrong.com)

  • Coriander (known as cilantro in its leafy form) is a powerful bacteria fighter. A recent study found that oil from coriander seeds—which destroys dangerous cells by damaging their membranes and interfering with cellular respiration—is effective in wiping out strains from E. coli to salmonella. (source : Oprah.com)
  • Cilantro herb contains no cholesterol; however, it is rich in antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which help reduce LDL or "bad cholesterol" while increasing HDL or "good cholesterol" levels. (source :  Cilantro nutrition Facts)
  • Its leaves and seeds contain many essential volatile oils such as borneol, linalool, cineole, cymene, terpineol, dipentene, phellandrene, pinene and terpinolene. (source :  Cilantro nutrition Facts)
  • Cillantro alleviate various stomach ailments (source :  Detoxify heavy metals and soothe chronic inflammation with cilantro, a powerful 'superherb'  )
  •  Cilantro contains two specific compounds known as cineole and linoleic acid that both possess anti-arthritic and anti-rheumatic properties. Cilantro also contains a substance known as dodecenal that is twice as powerful as the antibiotic drug gentamicin at fighting infection and eradicating harmful microbes from the body. Cilantro is also a natural antiseptic that can help wounds heal more quickly, and is a natural chelator of heavy metals from the body. (source :  Detoxify heavy metals and soothe chronic inflammation with cilantro, a powerful 'superherb'  )

  • The leaves and stem tips are also rich in numerous anti-oxidant polyphenolic flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin and epigenin. (source :  Cilantro nutrition Facts)
  • The herb is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is essential for red blood cell production. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. (source :  Cilantro nutrition Facts)
  • It is also rich in many vital vitamins, including folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene, vitamin-C that is essential for optimum health. Vitamin-C is a powerful natural antioxidant. 100 g of cilantro leaves provide 30% of daily recommended levels of vitamin-C. (source :  Cilantro nutrition Facts)
  • It provides 6748 IU of vitamin-A per 100 g, about 225% of recommended daily intake. Vitamin-A, an important fat soluble vitamin and anti-oxidant, is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids (carotenes) helps body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. (source :  Cilantro nutrition Facts)
  • Cilantro is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K; provide about 258% of DRI. Vitamin-K has a potential role in bone mass building by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.(source :  Cilantro nutrition Facts)
  • Coriander seed oil has been found application in many traditional medicines as analgesic, aphrodisiac, anti-spasmodic, deodorant, digestive, carminative, fungicidal, lipolytic (weight loss), stimulant and stomachic. (source :  Cilantro nutrition Facts)
     
  • Cilantro leaves provide only 23 calories/100 g, but their phyto-nutrients profile is no less than any high-calorie food item; be it nuts, pulses or cereals or meat group.  (source :  Cilantro nutrition Facts)

Here is a refreshing and healthy green smoothie you can try.  The recipe makes 2 servings
 

     AVOCADO-CILLANTRO SMOOTHIE
Ingredients :

Avocado Fruit - 1 fruit
Cillantro - a handful
Soya Milk - 400 ml

Preparation :
1.  Wash the cillantro well.  Drain and chop. 2.  Place all the ingredients in a blender and press pulse until all the ingredients are blended smoothly.
Drink up people :-)


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