You probably have heard of the phrase: “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” What if it is not true? What if this something doesn’t kill us but makes us weaker and sicker? I am talking about heavy metals such as lead, mercury, nickel, copper, and aluminum.
You can find them in processed foods such as cheese, cake mix, foil, cookware, fish, air, vaccines and many other surrounding us items.
The heavy metals may not kill us instantly; however, over the years will accumulate in the body especially in the brain and slowly affect all organs in the body. Luckily for us we have an herb that can help us: CILANTRO.
In this article I will share with you:
- What is cilantro
- The benefits of eating cilantro
- Taste of cilantro
- Vitamins and minerals in cilantro
- Planting cilantro
- How to eat cilantro
Cilantro is an annual herb from the carrot family with green aromatic leaves. In North America the leaves of the plant are called cilantro and the seeds are called coriander. All parts of the plant are edible; however, the most popular are leaves and seeds.
Our relationship (mine and Vitoldus’) with cilantro was not a love from the first sight 🙂 neither from the first bite :-). However, once we’ve learned about amazing benefits of cilantro we had changed our approach towards it and somehow that influenced our taste buds. Let’s take a look at the wonderful benefits of eating cilantro:
- Number one is cilantro’s ability to detoxify the brain. There are phytochemicals in this plant, biologically active compounds, that remove toxic heavy metals from the brain
- Cilantro helps the body in extracting heavy metals and other toxins from other parts of the body as well; especially helps out with cleansing the liver
- Supports adrenal glands (glands that are located above each kidney, secreting adrenal hormones which control the heart rate, blood pressure, and metabolism)
- Balances blood’s glucose level
- Helps with preventing gaining weight, brain fog, memory issues
- Cilantro is antibacterial and antifungal
- Improves skin health
Going back to the taste or the distaste of cilantro, I would like to mention that when someone dislikes the flavor of cilantro it actually means the individual has rapidly corroding heavy metals in his or her body. The corrosion means that there are toxic pieces of heavy metals which make their way into the individual’s lymphatic system or saliva.
The moment cilantro makes contact with the mouth, its phytochemicals, the herb active compounds that have protective or disease preventing qualities, start to bind onto any pieces of heavy metals debris in person’s saliva, and that’s why the result may be a harsh taste when eating cilantro.
In other words if you don’t like cilantro’s taste that means your body is sending a signal that cilantro should be on your menu!
Vitamins and Minerals in Cilantro
Let’s take a look how rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants this underestimated and delicate herb is:
- Vitamin: C, K1, E (Alpha Tocopherol), Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid,
- Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Copper, Manganese,
- Antioxidants: Cartenoid, Beta-Caroten, Beta Cryptoxanthin, Lutein, Zeaxanthin
Cilantro can be grown most of the season but will slow down a bit during really hot months. We’ve noticed that cilantro grows better in the looser soil rather than compacted one. Also putting a lot of compost will help with the growth size of your cilantro plant.
Interesting Facts and Benefits of Cilantro
A research team led by Dougls Schauer from Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayertte, Indiana, along with a group of Mexican researchers has been working on studying cilantro as natural water purifier because of its ability to bond chemicals together.
How To Eat Cilantro
I wold like to stress that you use ONLY Organic and fresh Cilantro for its detoxifying properties.
How to incorporate cilantro into your menu:
- chop fresh organic cilantro and toss into your salad or,
- juice one fresh bunch of organic cilantro with 2 sweet apples, 1 orange, and 1 lime or,
- put half bunch of organic cilantro into a smoothie
Remember the more and more often cilantro you use, the better results you will get.
****Stay tuned for recipes coming soon****
Sources: Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the the Idols (1888)
Anthony William, Medical Medium – Life Changing Foods
Government of Canada, Health Canada (Nutrient Profile)