I used to think that cilantro was just a nice addition to certain Mexican recipes, but then I was diagnosed with heavy metal toxicity and in researching natural ways to deal with the issue I discovered how potent and powerful cilantro can be. It not only helps the body detox from mercury and other toxic substances, but also provides a number of other health-promoting services.
Here’s an article by Linda Kordich for NaturalNews365 that will introduce you to some of the uses and benefits of this bright-tasting cousin of parsley….
Cilantro is not just a side dish herb for Mexican food, in fact, far from it. This nutritious herb looks very much like parsley, that is, until you taste it. Plus, it looks very much like parsley does, so try to make sure you can distinguish the differences by looking closely.
Cilantro is widely-known for its ability to detoxify the body
According to Dr. Edward Group, CEO of Global Healing Center – “cilantro is most often cited as being effective for toxic metal cleansing and rightfully so, this herb is a powerful, natural cleansing agent. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissue.” But, a word of caution, always work with a trusted healthcare provider – when it comes to detoxification issues – because once these toxins are ‘mobilized’, one must be sure to quickly eliminate these poisons from the body to avoid physical harm.
I highly recommend learning to juice with cilantro – on a weekly basis. We recommend 6 cups per week in your juice tonics. Not all at once of course, but if you juice it three times a week, we recommend 2 cups of cilantro mixed in with other dark leafy greens such as spinach and parsley. (Juice combination below)
Keep in mind, when you properly juice your greens – you can mitigate the strong taste of cilantro if you have an aversion to its taste.
What are the nutritional benefits of cilantro?
Cilantro is rich with an unusual array of healing phytonutrients and antioxidants. It is anti-septic, analgesic, aphrodisiac, helps with digestion, fungicidal and a natural stimulant. And, of course, it’s most powerful in its raw state or juiced form.
It is a very good source of vitamins A, C, K and traces of the B vitamins. In the minerals department, it provides high amount of calcium and potassium. In addition, cilantro is rich in iron, manganese and sodium. Remember, especially these days, how important it is to keep the body rich in minerals.
How does cilantro help to heal the body?
1. Helps to reduce anxiety.
2. Through long term usage – it has shown to remove mercury from our tissues. Cilantro is one of the very few herbs that can help to remove heavy metals from the body – especially mercury, aluminum and lead to name a few. (Be sure to read my post on using chlorella with cilantro, if you are using it to remove mercury/heavy metals. This combination also provides effective antioxidant support for overall cell health.)
3. Our small intestines love this herb, rendering it a powerful and effective aid through its natural oils. Also, it helps the peristaltic wave move more efficiently. This helps in healthy elimination.
4. Helps with eye disorders, red eye, macular degeneration.
5. Helps our urinary tract to stave off infections.
6. Cilantro is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K. Vitamin K plays a role in maintaining healthy bone structure. It’s also known to help people with Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.
7. Cilantro is an excellent blood builder and it helps to prevent anemia.
8. The leaves and stem tips are also rich in flavonoids like, quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin and epigenin – which are antioxidants.
9. Cilantro, when juiced and consumed on a regular basis, can help reduce the amount of damaged fats (lipid peroxides) in the cell membranes.
10. Prevent kidney stones by eating cilantro. This herb acts as a natural diuretic.
I recommend 6 cups per week of cilantro to receive its wonderful benefits. (Juiced, of course!) Always use the entire leaf and stem, as many of its nutrients are located in the stem.
A delicious tonic to build healthy blood rich in natural iron
The combination of the beets and apples with the cilantro triples their benefits:
2 cups cilantro (packed)
1 inch fresh ginger root
2 limes (peeled if not organic)
2 cups spinach or parsley
1 beet with its greens
This tonic will make approximately 1 liter – which serves 2 people.
You can juice this or blend this combination but I prefer it to be juiced, because the benefits of the greens, specifically, absorb much better when the fiber is not present.
Also be sure to read my posts on detoxing heavy metals, which includes a recipe for cilantro pesto:
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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.