Cilantro, or as some people call this herb – Coriander. One of the few foods that can actually detoxify our bodies of dangerous heavy metals such as mercury, aluminium, lead, cadmium and others.
And there’s more health benefits to consuming this tasty culinary favorite …
Cilantro is a very good source of vitamins A, C, K and traces of the B vitamins. It also provides high amount of calcium, potassium, iron, manganese, and sodium. Cilantro is high in anti-oxidants, and is also anti-septic, analgesic, aphrodisiac, helps with digestion, fungicidal, and a natural stimulant.
More on the Health Benefits of Cilantro and why you may want to start adding cilantro to your meals, or even juicing it for maximum effects:
Antibiotic properties: An antibiotic compound, dodecenal, was isolated from cilantro and tested in the laboratory. The impressive result showed that it is twice as effective as the commonly used antibiotic drug gentamicin at killing the food-borne bacteria, salmonella.
Anti-cancer: The anti-oxidant properties from cilantro include beta carotene, vitamin C and E, ferulic, caffeic acid, kaempferol, and quercetin. This broad spectrum of anti-oxidant helps to lower the risk of oxidative stress in the cells that are carcinogenic (cancer-causing).
Anti-microbial properties: Cilantro contains volatile oils that have antimicrobial properties, making it a very useful herb that can be used for fungal, bacterial or yeast infections.
Anti-inflammatory properties: Cilantro is an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids is the building block for several of the body’s most widely used families of anti-inflammatory messaging molecules and many other uses.
Blood sugar: A study that was done on mice confirmed that this herb has an anti-diabetic effect and can control blood sugar. When juiced and consumed regularly, cilantro can help stimulate the secretion of insulin, thereby lowering blood sugar.
Bone Health: Cilantro is an excellent source of calcium. Calcium is a vital nutrient that is required for formation and maintenance of strong bones.
Cholesterol lowering ability: Cilantro when juiced and consumed on a regular basis can help reduce the amount of damaged fats (lipid peroxides) in the cell membranes. Studies have shown that cilantro can lower bad cholesterol level and increase the good cholesterol level.
Eyesight: The high beta-carotene and anti-oxidants in cilantro make it one of the best herbs that helps alleviate eye problems thus improving eyesight. In addition, it also help reduce the threat posed by age; associated with vision disorders such as macular degeneration, and cataract.
Heavy metal detox: Cilantro is one of the very few herbs that is used as a heavy metal detox agent, to detoxify mercury, aluminium and lead among others. Make a small bottle of neat, concentrated cilantro juice and mix with chlorella powder. Drink an ounce of the mixture every day and feel the improvement to your brain power. Store the potion in the fridge.
Immune booster: The presence of anti-oxidants, rich phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins in cilantro all work syngergistically to boost the body’s overall immunity system against infection.
Insomnia: Due to the various phytonutrients and medicinal values of cilantro, it helps re-balance the internal chemicals, providing a calming effect to the nerves that enable sleep to come easier.
Kidney stones: Cilantro has a diuretic and detoxifying effect that can help lower the risk for kidney stones.
At Awakening Soul we like to add cilantro to fresh vegetable juices, salsa, salads, guacamole, vegetable dishes, and more. For some people it can be an acquired taste, yet most people find that after they get used to the taste of cilantro they love it.
An extract of cilantro can be made for daily long term use – first dehydrate the cilantro until dry, fill a glass jar with the dried herb – filling jar 3/4 full. Fill the rest with a non-GMO glycerine or pure grain alcohol. Cover and let sit in a dark cool place for 3 weeks, shaking the jar a few times a week. Strain the liquid and bottle into a dark glass bottle. 1/4 teaspoon of this liquid 2 x per day will accelerate the healing affects, such as heavy metal detoxification.
The author, Zahrah SIta Aguila is a professional practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Oriental Bodywork Therapies. She has practiced in several clinics in the US, as well as helped create centers of natural healing in Costa Rica. Her studies, experience, and cutting-edge style of natural healing expand beyond TCM. She incorporates Ayurvedic Healing Therapies, Organ Cleansing, Dietary Therapies, Detoxification, Yoga, Western, Eastern, and Tropical Plant Cures, Energy Healing, and more. Zahrah has trained with master healers and shamans of various modalities, and was raised in a family of healers, learning the craft of making natural remedies and energy healing at a young age. She has an innate talent for accessing her intuitive abilities to see deeper into the root causes of illness and imbalance of health. She works on a very holistic level, addressing body, mind, emotions, and spirit; using various methods and modalities to help empower each person with the ability to access true healing. Zahrah healed herself of an advanced stage of cancer naturally, and now helps many others heal cancer and other difficult diseases through natural methods. She helps lead healing programs at Awakening Soul Natural Healing Center in the Chirripo Valley of Costa Rica. She also is the creator of a line of natural medicines that include organic herbs and medicinal mushrooms. Zahrah also teaches on various aspects of natural healing, medicinal plants, and transforming sickness into empowered healthy living, through workshops, educational healing retreats, and both online and printed publications.
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Cilantro – Coriander