When it comes to Cilantro you either love it or you hate it. This herb has been used for thousands of years to help improve overall health, help sooth irritated skin, and also detox the body.
One of the number one benefits of cilantro is that it detoxes the body ridding it of heavy metals.
Heavy metals are everywhere. They are in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. It’s important that we do what we can to reduce the amount of toxic metals we consume by filtering water, washing our fruit and veggies and supplementing with foods high in beneficial nutrients that can help detox the body.
Arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, lead, and mercury can build up in our tissue. These toxic metals can contribute to heart disease, hormonal imbalances, neurological conditions, infertility, and so much more. Cilantro has been shown to bind these metals together and help facilitate their removal from the body.
One study found that Coriandrum sativum (cilantro’s scientific name) significantly protects against lead induced oxidative stress, while another study found that cilantro actually accelerates the removal of heavy metals from the body.
Antibiotic use is linked to the build up of heavy metals in the body. One study showed that antibiotics actually protect these toxic metals causing relapse of infection even after an entire course of antibiotics has been taken.
Cilantro helps to protect against damage caused by free radicals in the body, mainly because of the flavonoid, quercetin. Flavonoids are a diverse group of phytonutrients found in almost all vegetables and fruits and are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits.
Coriandrum also has a natural sedative effect on the body that can help improve sleep and reduce anxiety. A recent study from the Indian Journal of Pharmacology found that high levels of cilantro extract produce the same anti-anxiety effects as the prescription drug valium, WITHOUT all of the dangerous side effects!
Cilantro also helps to support healthy liver function and helps to lower or balance blood sugar levels.
While this miracle herb is mainly used internally it can also be applied topically to help relieve skin irritations and allergic reactions.
Begin adding this herb to dishes like salsa, guacamole, shakes, juices, and other meals and start enjoying the beneficial effects of cilantro on the body!