Now, I understand that there’s a certain percentage of dear readers who will never touch these greens no matter what I say, or how good Cilantro is for you, and that’s because there’s a small collection of people carry a DNA variant that causes the sense of smell (olfactory receptor genes) to associate the flavor of cilantro with the smell and taste of soap!
Obviously, cilantro has no relationship with soap … but, cilantro does it’s own scrubbing of body toxins!
It turns out that cilantro is very important, especially in light of today’s bio-environmental toxic loads. And it is important because it is The King of Herbs when it comes to detoxing and removing heavy metals from our bodies.
Here are 4 Reasons Why We Say It’s So: Cilantro Benefits our Body!
So, let’s get specific: cilantro rids your body of the heavy metals arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, lead, and mercury. These heavy metals make residence in body tissue leading to heart disease, hormonal imbalances, neurological conditions, infertility, and other toxin-related ailments.
Cilantro (aka “Coriandrum Sativum”), binds to these toxic metals, loosens them from tissue, and helps to facilitate elemenination of these metals from the body.
- Heavy Metal Detox
One study found that cilantro “significantly protects [the body] against lead induced oxidative stress”, and another study concluded that “cilantro actually accelerates the removal of heavy metals from the body.” Dr. Omura, director of Medical Research at the Heart Disease Foundation, discovered that antibiotic use is associated with heavy metal accumulation in the body. He believes that antibiotics actually protect the heavy metals which cause certain infections to relapse cyclically — yep, many antibiotics protect the bad guys (click the link in the footnotes for the specifics). Howver, he also found that cilantro removed these stubborn, fortressed deposits, and kept the body free from similar infections!
- Neuroprotective Nutriceuticals
There have been several studies indicating that chronic inflammation plays a significant role in the development of neurodegenerative disease, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, many brain tumors, and meningitis. And, if you haven’t noticed, these diseases are rampantly growing in the West. Now why is this?
We are told that lifestyle factors and quality of diet enhance longevity. Ironically, neurodegenerative diseases develop as we age. But consider that the number of folks suffering neurodegenerative diseases on the Asian subcontinent, where people regularly consume whole herbs and spices, is astoundingly lower than the western world — and these populations live comprable life-spans. Why?
In part, these populations consume significantly more whole herbs, including cilantro! Leading to brain-health, it protects the blood-brain barrier. In fact, some recent studies have concluded that the rate of Cilantro’s ability to chelate (bond to heavy metals) is unmatched, and works rapidly to strip both aluminium, mercury, and lead from the bones and brain tissue better than any other food.
- Stress & Sleep
Cilantro’s natural sedative effects can actually naturally benefit your sleep cycle. A recent study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology found high levels of cilantro extract produce the “same levels of anti-anxiety effects as the popular prescription drugs, such as diazepam (aka Valium), without those nasty side effects — like hallucinations, agitation, recklessness, aggression, memory issues, and muscle weakness, etc.
Fun Fact: Cilantro is one of the world’s oldest spices, it’s use can be traced back 7000 years. Cilantro is considered both an herb and a spice since both its leaves and its seeds are used as a seasoning condiment. Cilantro bears a strong resemblance to Italian flat leaf parsley, but they smell completely different. Trust your nose!
- Natural Antibacterial
Cilantro also protect us from infections and toxins? It is particularly powerful in fighting water-borne diseases such as salmonella, dysentery, cholera, and listeria. Indeed, Web MD wrote more than a decade ago that ‘Cilantro Slays Food Poisoning.’ Pretty cool, eh?
Our best advice is to add this as an ingredient in juices regularly to get the most benefit — especially for true detoxification and brain-health. A large single handful in a green juice is perfect.