Do you know the health benefits of cilantro?

Who doesn’t love cilantro right? At our house we put cilantro on almost everything.

It adds such a bright flavor to any Mexican dish giving it a fresh taste. Seriously, we always have cilantro.

It’s either growing in a pot or we have a bunch of it in the fridge. Some houses have milk and bread as a staple, we have cilantro!

Cilantro has a long history as a herb with records of it dating clear back to ancient Egypt. You would be surprised to learn that in just one serving of cilantro there is approximately 270IU of vitamin A and 12mcg of vitamin K. Vitamin K plays a large role in bone health and has clotting support for the blood. There is another benefit of cilantro I want to talk about other than the obvious vitamins and minerals and its detox.  Studies have shown that eating large amounts of cilantro causes the body to release some lead,

There is another benefit of cilantro I want to talk about other than the obvious vitamins and minerals and its detox.  Studies have shown that eating large amounts of cilantro causes the body to release some lead, aluminum and mercury. One study found that cilantro helps to flush these metals out of the body and they can be measured in the urine. (2)

When the body accumulates heavy metals it increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease and Parkinson’s disease. Cilantro also has antioxidant properties that help your body to remove free radicals. It has a long history of being used as a digestive aid helping with gas, bloating and heartburn.

So maybe you don’t know what cilantro tastes like or not sure how to add it to your meals? Here are some ideas:

  • Add it to a smoothy, it goes great with avocado and pineapple
  • Make fresh salsa with chopped tomatoes, onion and jalapeno with a squirt of lime
  • Add to sour cream and lightly cook for a delicious sauce.
  • Add to the top of your taco or burritos
  • Add to chicken soup to give it a Mexican flare

How ever you choose to add cilantro be sure to store it correctly so it stays fresh. Place the bunch of cilantro in a jar with a little water in the bottom and store in the fridge. It should keep for about a week.

Or it’s easy to grow your own cilantro in a small pot right on the window ceil.  That way it’s always available right when you need it!