Benefits of Cilantro

cilantroI bet you’ve enjoyed cilantro in salsa and all kinds of dishes but you probably never knew how potent this little green herb is. Many refer to cilantro as the life saving herb, the anti-diabetic herb, a powerful detoxifier, natural chelator and an inexpensive cure for both bacterial and viral infections.

For starters, cilantro nutritional benefits include minerals – calcium, potassium, iron, manganese and magnesium. Cilantro contains high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin K. It also has beta-carotene, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, and vitamin C.

Perhaps most importantly, cilantro is a natural and inexpensive way to detoxify the body. There is ample information that credits cilantro as being one of nature’s best chelators. A Japanese medical doctor named Dr. Yoshiaki Omura discovered that organisms flourish and hide in parts of the body where heavy metals, such as lead, aluminum and mercury collect. He found that these organisms protect themselves with the toxic metals and this is what causes infections to recur. He recognized that using cilantro helps to advance the excretion of lead, aluminum and mercury from the body  and this technique increased the body’s ability to heal from both viral and bacterial infection. The compounds in cilantro will help to loosen heavy metals from blood, tissue and organs and then assists in the transportation of these metals out of the body.

The benefits of cilantro include lowering blood pressure, guards against bacterial infection from Salmonella, reduces swelling, helps in the prevention of urinary tract infections, relieves arthritis, helps reduce nausea, reduces cholesterol, reduces cellulite, improves digestion, relief for stomach aches, eases mood swings associated with premenstrual syndrome, reduces cramping, promotes liver function, disinfects and detoxifies the body, lowers blood sugar, helps with insulin secretion, works as a natural anti-fungal and antiseptic for skin, works as a lung expectorant and helps conjunctivitis and other stresses on the eyes. Cilantro is an amazing cure-all, green herb!

Adding this mega herb, cilantro, to your juices and smoothies makes them very green and fresh tasting. The best way to get the most juice from cilantro is by using a twin gear or triturating juicer machine. I also enjoy adding cilantro to my smoothies. Check out some of my cilantro smoothie recipes here.

Love yourself enough to create an environment in your life that is conducive to the nourishment of your personal growth. Allow yourself to let go of the people, thoughts, and situations that poison your well-being. Cultivate a vibrant surrounding and commit yourself to making choices that will help you release the greatest expression of your unique beauty and purpose. – Steve Maraboli