Cilantro- The Wonder Herb

Reviewed: September 13, 2013
By eHealthIQ
Cilantro- The Wonder Herb

Cilantro is a popular herb also known as coriander. Cilantro has been used culturally for centuries, and it makes a lovely accent to Latin dishes and Caribbean dishes. It also has a number of health benefits when it’s consumed often and enjoyed alongside healthy meals.

Antioxidant Properties

Cilantro has strong antioxidant properties that allow it to defend the body against attacks and damages from free radicals. Cilantro is potent in vitamins and minerals. The highest concentration of antioxidants can be found in the leaves, but all parts of the plant are edible and nutritious. Even the roots can be eaten safely.

Antibacterial Properties

Cilantro has strong antibacterial properties that can fight flues, infections and help the body detox. This potent effect is especially noticed when juicing cilantro or eating it as part of your daily meals. It’s an excellent herb for cleansing the body.

Uses In Cultural Food

Most people recognize cilantro as being a popular Latin herb, but it’s also used in Indian and Thai cuisine. In India, the seeds are used in curries to give it a strong kick. In Thai cuisine, it is used to accent Thai curries and rice dishes. It’s surprising how the cultural overlap makes the meals seem similar but still unique.

It Binds With Heavy Metals

When you are consuming cilantro, it binds with heavy metals in the body and helps eliminate them. That’s why it’s beneficial to combine cilantro alongside fish dishes so that any toxic-metal residue in the food can be eliminated through digestion. The bonded metals come out when you use the bathroom. It’s a natural detoxing system.

It Can Purify Water Too

You probably thought that since it’s just an herb, it can be used for more than food consumption. Recent research suggests that cilantro can actually be used to purify water too. Mexican and American researchers teamed up to look for cheaper ways to filter water that is toxic in Mexican cities and valleys. They came up with a method that is both cheap and efficient, and it just so happens to use cilantro. It’s excellent at removing lead and nickel, but researchers are still working on removing mercury and other toxic metals successfully.

It’s Good For The Gut

As a good source of fiber, cilantro is also good for the gut. When you consume cilantro, you reduce inflammation and relieve gas. It’s a wonder herb for sure.

 

 

http://county.wsu.edu/jefferson/gardening/mg/LeaderGardenColumn/Documents/You_Say_Coriander%208-3-2011.pdf

http://healthland.time.com/2013/09/12/cilantro-more-than-an-herb-it-can-purify-water-too/

http://voices.yahoo.com/10-health-benefits-cilantro-11832495.html

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