Happy Healthy Kitchen – Cilantro Anyone?
It’s said a person loves cilantro or they hate it. I am definitely on the love cilantro team. I love cilantro so much, I prefer it over the taste of other herbs like parsley, basil or mint. 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 superfood 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. I looked on a couple of websites for a detailed list of health benefits. Are you ready for this? According to Dr. Mercola and Global Healing Center websites these are just some of them: 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.
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