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Cilantro : Powerhouse of Good Nutrition

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Cilantro (Spanish word for coriander or Chinese parsley) is a native to regions spanning from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking.

Cilantro has proven anti-anxiety effects and is used in the treatment of insomnia. Studies have also reported its effectiveness in lowering blood glucose.

Cilantro seed oil possesses anti-oxidative properties slowing down the process of cell degeneration. As a dietary fiber, it helps reduce LDL (“bad” cholesterol) while increasing HDL (“good” cholesterol) levels.

Cilantro in Chelation Treatment

Chelation therapy is the use of chelating agents to detoxify the human body from poisonous metal agents such as mercury, arsenic, and lead.

According to Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, President and Founder of the International College of Acupuncture & Electro-Therapeutics, even small amounts of mercury, used extensively in tooth fillings, have long term health consequences. One of the remedies include detoxification, with a recommended dose of 2 tablespoons daily of a Cilantro pesto, for about three weeks. Some even recommend taking chlorella with the cilantro, noting that chlorella helps to bind the mercury and flush it out.

Cilantro for Insulin Control

The January 2011 issue of “Indian Journal of Experimental Biology” reported on a study that coriander seeds lower blood sugar and insulin levels.

The study noted that 200 milligrams of coriander seed extract per 2 ½ pounds of body weight significantly reduced blood sugar and increased insulin release from the pancreas.

Cilantro’s Vitamin and Mineral Content

The herb is a good source of minerals including potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium, therefore making this herb a heart healthy food.

Studies show that 100 grams of cilantro contains:

  • 15% of folates,
  • 11% of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine),
  • 45% of vitamin C,
  • 225% of vitamin A,
  • 258% of vitamin K,
  • 22% of iron and
  • 18% of manganese

Other benefits:

Anti-septic: All parts of the cilantro, including the leaves, roots, and stems have been found to have anti-septic effects.

Anti microbial and anti bacterial: Cilantro protects against the bacteria Salmonella.

Digestion: Cilantro, like peppermint, aids in digestion and helps settle the stomach and prevent flatulence.

Weight loss: Regular intake of cilantro helps in weight loss by reducing accumulated belly fat.

Cilantro is a little green plant but with a lot of benefits for good health. 

Randy Brittell

My name is Randy Brittell and I am owner of - Savor the Food and Your Health and a nutrition expert at CureJoy. I have looked too naturopathic medicine and alternative medicine because of my own person health problems. I had diabetes at which doctors never gave me options only medicine. I took things into my own hands and am now 7 years symptom free. I have studied since 2006 about the nutrition of food and herbs, and their ability to cure. At this time I currently hold an Advanced Learning Certificate in Human Health – Diet and Nutrition. I am also working to get a certificate in Healthy Living. I currently live in Boise, Idaho (USA). I am married and have two boys, at which my oldest I put through collage and who is now a Medical Assistant working in a cancer hospital in Rosarito Baja California, Mexico.

Randy Brittell

My name is Randy Brittell and I am owner of - Savor the Food and Your Health and a nutrition expert at CureJoy. I have looked too naturopathic medicine and alternative medicine because of my own person health problems. I had diabetes at which doctors never gave me options only medicine. I took things into my own hands and am now 7 years symptom free. I have studied since 2006 about the nutrition of food and herbs, and their ability to cure. At this time I currently hold an Advanced Learning Certificate in Human Health – Diet and Nutrition. I am also working to get a certificate in Healthy Living. I currently live in Boise, Idaho (USA). I am married and have two boys, at which my oldest I put through collage and who is now a Medical Assistant working in a cancer hospital in Rosarito Baja California, Mexico.