Coriander, also known as cilantro or Chinese parsley, is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking.
Cilantro herb is very low in calories and contains no cholesterol. However, its deep-green leaves possess good amounts of antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which may help reduce LDL or “bad cholesterol” levels in the blood.
Cilantro has been found to suppress lead accumulation in rats, which gives promise for the use of cilantro to combat lead and other heavy metal toxicity. Because of its chelation abilities, cilantro is also being studied as a natural water purifier.
The antimicrobial and heavy metal chelation factors of cilantro have led to its recent use in many “detoxification” juices and drinks.
However, cilantro possesses another health benefit of which most people are unaware: it is effective at chelating numerous heavy metals from the body. This is a huge plus in a world in which a growing number of foods and dietary supplements are contaminated, resulting in widespread heavy metal toxicity.
Since 1988, the Environmental Protection Agency has required dentists to treat amalgam fillings that are removed as hazardous waste. However, the various regulatory agencies as well as American Dental Association insist that putting “hazardous waste” in the mouth is safe.
Heavy metals harm the brain, blood, heart, liver, nervous system, hormonal (endocrine) system, your pineal gland and much more. Heavy metals can disrupt, hamper, or weaken just about any organ, system or gland within the human body.
Cilantro Inflammation-Busting Recipe
- ½ c packed sliced fresh natural cilantro
- ½ c organic apple juice
- ½ c water
- 1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder (or other green powder).
You just have to put all the components in a blender, and mix until smooth.
Cilantro isn’t a recent addition to our lexicon and its uses extend well beyond culinary delight. Ancient Greece used cilantro essential oil as a component of perfume.