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9.18.2007

The power of cilantro

So, are you aware of Cilantro's power to detoxify the body? How about the link between cilantro and autism? Cilantro and mercury?

It really is a powerful herb. Many people know it as cilantro, which is a common ingredient in salsas. It's green and leafy, and looks something like parsley. The plant's seeds are known as coriander.

Why am I telling you all this -- because of its detoxifying abilities, including heavy metals. If you're interested, do some research, including reading the scientific study that revealed the herb's powers - click here.

Here's a blog article on the topic that might be helpful.

And, here's a page on cilantro's healthy qualities from The World's Healthiest Foods.

Here's a snippet from the cilantro study:


"However, these mercury deposits, which commonly occur in such cases, were successfully eliminated by the oral intake of 100 mg tablet of Chinese parsley (Cilantro) 4 times a day (for average weight adults) with a number of drug-uptake enhancement methods..."
The study is by Omura, Shimotsuura, Fukuoka and Nomoto, from the Heart Disease Research Foundation, in New York.

Now, here's an easy way to store Cilantro, and for my money the best way. Harvest, or buy, fresh cilantro. Do NOT wash. Pull the leaves from the main stem -- keeping the smaller branches is OK. Place on a flat cookie sheet. Place in freezer for 30 minutes. Pull from freezer and place the crisp leaves in a freezer storage bag. Refreeze. Great way to store. When you want to use some, pull them out and wash.

And, here's a great cilantro recipe from Health Diaries:

Cilantro Pesto
Ingredients:
2 cups loosely packed cilantro leaves (stems removed)
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese (my kids can't eat cheese, so i was going to try polenta or just leaving it out)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
2-4 teaspoons water (depending on desired consistency)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Blend all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Use more or less water to get the thickness you desire.
Serves 4-6 people.
Enjoy.

2 comments:

Alisa said...

You should have no problem leaving the parmesan out, just add a pinch more sea salt. One of the biggest components that parmesan adds to pesto flavor-wise is sodium really. I make cheese-free pesto frequently and it is always enjoyed. You could always add a bit of nutritional yeast along with the salt for something extra.

Natalie said...

Cilantro is my favorite herb. I will have to give this a try!