Health Benefits of Cilantro

One of my favorite herbs is cilantro also
known as fresh coriander leaves and
Chinese parsley. I use it quite often..
I cook with it or use it as garnish on
vegetables, soups and meats.

I didn’t know about ALL the health
benefits of cilantro
until recently, which
makes me like it even more! I’ll share
those with you in a moment, after I tell
you a bit about this powerful herb.

Cilantro is popular in Mexico, the
Middle East, Asia and South America. I’ve
heard its root is used in the kitchens
of Thailand.

This is an herb that has been around for
long time making it one of the world’s
oldest spices.

For example, in ancient Greece cilantro
essential oil was used to make perfume!
And according to archeologists, remnants
of cilantro cultivation have been found
in the tombs of the ancient Egyptians.

Cilantro is native to the Middle Eastern
and the Mediterranean regions. And it
is said that Hippocrates used this plant
for its medicinal properties.

OK, now let’s discuss the…

Health Benefits of Cilantro

Among the main components of cilantro
are cineole and linoleic acid, which
have anti-rheumatic and anti-arthritic
properties.

Oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid
and ascorbic acid can also be found in
Chinese parsley. These compounds help
to lower high cholesterol.

Cilantro has anti-bacterial and
antiseptic properties. And it’s an herb
that makes your liver happy.

How? Thanks to Borneol and Linalool,
compounds that cleanse the liver.

This sounds like a lot for quite a
common herb, right? But there are even
more health benefits of cilantro.

Doctors are using cilantro as a
natural, inexpensive and effective
chelator
.

You know that heavy metals.. mercury,
cadmium, lead, arsenic and aluminum are
dangerous for the body, even in very small
amounts.

And that they can disrupt thyroid function.

Well, certain compounds of cilantro bind
to those nasty heavy metals and help the
body to release them for good!

Cilantro also helps fight anemia thanks
to its iron content and, to add to the
long list of coriander health benefits…

It stimulates the endocrine system, helps
stimulate the secretion of insulin which
means more balanced blood sugar levels,
and calms an upset stomach — you may make
cilantro tea using a handful of this herb.

Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, Physician of the
Year by the Global Foundation of Integrative
Medicine in 2007, is an advocate of cilantro
when it comes to removing mercury from the
brain.

He found that at least a teaspoon of
cilantro used for 2 to 3 months can be
a very effective chelation treatment –
no wonder why cilantro can be found in
supplements along other ingredients such
as chlorella, and as an extract.

As you can see, a bit of cilantro can
go a long way! It can add an exotic and
distinctive flavor to your dishes, and
keep you and the whole family healthy :)

To a fun, flavorful, healthy day,

Monica

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