If there is one herb with fantastic flavor offering, it is cilantro. Nothing opens up the flavor in black bean tacos quite the same way. 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. During medieval times, the Romans used cilantro to mask the smell of rotten meat. Today, it’s still used by naturopaths and has been the subject of many positive inquiries by formal research institutions.
Toxic Metal Cleansing
Cilantro is most often cited as being effective for toxic metal cleansing and rightfully so, this herb is a powerful, natural cleansing agent. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissue. Many people suffering from mercury exposure report a reduction in the often-cited feeling of disorientation after consuming large and regular amounts of cilantro over an extended period.
Other Benefits of Cilantro
- May be able to help prevent cardiovascular damage. 
- The School of Life Science in Tamil Nadu, India noted, after researching the anti diabetic activity of cilantro, the leaves and stem, “if used in cuisine would be a remedy for diabetes.” 
- Strong antioxidant activity. 
- Has been shown to have anti-anxiety effects. 
- May help improve sleep quality. 
- Has been examined and described to have a blood-sugar lowering effect. 
- Cilantro seed oil possess antioxidative and antihyperglycemic properties, consumption may decrease oxidative stress. 
- Research conducted by The Dental School of Piracicaba in Brazil found cilantro oil to be a new natural antifungal formulation opportunity. 
- Demonstrated antibacterial activity. 
- Has demonstrated anti-fungal activity. 
James A. Duke, Ph.D., a former botanist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and author of The CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs, has praised the digestive-system-promoting benefits of cilantro and recommends drinking a cup of the tea made from a handful of the leaves, when experiencing any form of stomach discomfort.
Grow Your Own
If you have not ventured into growing your own food, an herb garden is a fantastic project to begin with. Herbs are easy to grow, don’t need a lot of space. Plus, that’s a great category to save a few bucks at the grocery store on. Organic herb bunches are always at least a few dollars and sometimes large portions can go unused. Cilantro is really easy to grow and it’s ultra convenient to have your own organic plant growing for your use.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM
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