Happy Healthy Kitchen – Health Benefits of Cilantro
I have heard that either a person loves cilantro or they hate it. I am definitely on the love cilantro team. I hope after you read this post, you too will be inspired to add it generously to your healthy routine like I do. I must admit I love cilantro so much, I prefer it over the taste of other herbs like parsley, basil or mint. I love to add it liberally in my fresh salsa, guacamole, salads, Thai dishes, sushi, soups and even to my green smoothies. I had no idea, until much later in life, how good cilantro was for me. To me it was a win win since I loved consuming the plant.
Cilantro has a long history of culinary and therapeutic use. It’s an annual herb, which means it blooms and must be replanted yearly. I first found out about its amazing health benefits when I was studiously embarking on lots of different colon, liver and kidney cleanses. When I would do these cleanses, I loved to find out about all the bad things my body was getting rid of. I was on a toxin removal mission.
I learned that cilantro is a natural chelator. From what I understood, this meant that the properties in cilantro would bind to the heavy metals and toxins in my body. This would then help enable my body to remove them from my cells and tissues. (Toxic metals tend to accumulate in the endocrine system, muscle tissue, and even deep within the bones.) I was pretty excited the more I learned about cilantro, as it seemed like a super food, or super herb, due to its many health benefits; and its loaded with antioxidants. Add to that, cilantro is a great, low-calorie option for those who want to add more nutrients and flavor to their diet. And it’s rich in dietary fiber. If all of that information wasn’t enough, there is even more.
Cilantro is also proven to have antiseptic, anti fungal, antioxidant, disinfectant and antibacterial properties. Yup, that’s right. It is an excellent source of A, C, E, K, as well as B vitamins. It is also a very mineral rich plant with calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and manganese.
So I looked on a couple of websites to collaborate a detailed list of health benefits. I honestly had no idea of all the amazing health benefits until I did more research on the subject. Are you ready for this? According to Dr. Mercola and also the Global Healing Center websites these are just some of the benefits…
Antioxidant support, promotes heart health, provides a mood boost, promotes normal blood sugar levels, supports restful sleep, supports healthy cells, encourages fungal balance, fights harmful organisms, encourages brain health, promotes normal fluid balance, nutritional support for eye health, natural food preservative, digestive support, lowers bad cholesterol, lessens allergic reactions, bone regrowth and durability, lower blood pressure levels, reduces the swelling of arthritis and rheumatic diseases, and more. Both articles are so informative, I will post a link to them both below.
Also, I haven’t tried it yet, but I understand that cilantro is easy to grow from home. That’s on my to do list for sure. I watched one of my favorite YouTube chefs the other day and she had cilantro stored in her fridge in a mason jar of water. She mentioned that it kept it fresh a lot longer this way. Who knew?
Well, as I mentioned before, I hope this has increased your desire to include this super herb into your healthy lifestyle. And I sincerely hope you will reap all the fantastic benefits from this unique herb that I have.
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