Most people think of cilantro-that leafy green herb you find in Mexican food and Thai salads- are fairly innocuous, but it turns out that far from being a tasty garnish, it has powerful cleansing properties! Cilantro binds to toxins and metals that have accumulated in the body, and then helps the body to eliminate them. This is particularly beneficial to people that have been exposed to high levels of toxins in their environment, especially people that have a lot of mercury in their systems either from eating fish, or from having mercury fillings in their teeth.
Cilantro also plays a key role in the digestive process, by helping to stimulate the body to produce digestive enzymes and juices. It also promotes peristaltic motion-and for those of us who might not be dieticians, peristaltic motion is what your muscles do to move the food along in your digestive tract.
It is also known for having a number of other health promoting properties. For more on these, check out these links:
To get a healthy dose of cilantro into your diet, try it on a burrito, tacos or Mexican bowl. It’s also fantastic on Thai food: think salad rolls, Pad Thai or curries. If you’re not feeling like going gourmet, you can also keep it simple by using a few leaves on a sandwich or salad. Enjoy!