The top 8 benefits of cilantro below may surprise you! I started taking it to rid my body of heavy metals and silicone poisoning after my explant surgery, but dang! Did I reap the benefits of this herb far beyond that! As I did more research on this aromatic herb, I found and noticed many benefits that came from just drinking 2 oz cilantro juice shots a day! So below I’ve listed the top 8 of choice that may help you as well!
1. Rids the Body of Heavy Metals
Heavy metals in the body can lead to heart disease, hormonal imbalances, neurological conditions, infertility and so many more health complications. And it’s hard to get away from heavy metals in this world. Thankfully, cilantro, (scientifically known as “Coriandrum sativum”) has been shown to bind these toxic metals and detach them from tissues in our bodies where we then can eliminate them naturally!
One study found that cilantro was used to help remove heavy metal deposits that continued to plague patients, even after initial infection symptoms had faded!
2. Protects Against Oxidative Stress
This herb’s strong antioxidant properties (the flavonoid quercetin) helps protect against the damage caused by free radicals in the body and oxidative stress. This study is just one to prove that!
3. Reduces Anxiety
I mean, who doesn’t suffer from anxiety these days? With so many things on the market including CBD (which I 100% stand behind and consume personally – some still cannot consume CBD due to their job, or simply the fact it’s not available where they live) this may spark your interest! Cilantro has been shown to help calm the nerves and improve sleep quality due to its natural sedative properties. This study found that high levels of cilantro extract produced the same anti-anxiety effects as the popular prescription drug, valium (diazepam). WHOA!
Confusion, memory problems, hallucinations, agitation, aggression, and muscle weakness are all possible side effects of the drug Valium and ones I certainly do not want to risk having (who does?). Cilantro extract could potentially help reduce anxiety and help sleep without these dangerous side effects.
4. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
Got high blood sugar? This study demonstrated the facts of cilantro supporting healthy liver function and balance blood sugar in diabetics!
5. Helps Prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
UTIs are more common than you think and there are many factors that can contribute such as bacterial growth, sexual activity, genetics, etc. The antibacterial compounds of cilantro may help keep the urinary tract healthy and free from bad bacteria.
6. Settles Digestive Upset
I know this is a HUGE TOPIC when it comes to this community. Digestive health and support. Cilantro benefits have been used to help treat IBS and help settle nauseous tummies, prevent gas and bloating, relieve indigestion and heartburn, and ease stomach cramps.
7. Protects Against Food Poisoning
Beyond just detoxing the body, cilantro can also protect it from infections! The natural antibacterial properties found in this aromatic herb may help fight off both food and waterborne diseases, including food poisoning and dysentery. The International Journal of Food Microbiology did a study of dill, coriander, eucalyptus, and cilantro and found that cilantro was specifically effective in fighting off Listeria monocytogenes (a bacteria that causes listeriosis)!
8. Soothes Skin Irritation
Cilantro can also be used topically to help soothe skin irritations such as hives, sunburns, and even poison ivy. Its natural antihistamines properties can help calm the immune system response against different types of allergens.
For a topical treatment, try applying a blend of fresh cilantro and coconut oil to irritated areas to soothe sunburns, dry skin, poison ivy, and hives caused by an allergic reaction.
HOW I TAKE CILANTRO
Of course, eating a tiny sprig of cilantro or a little chopped up in in salsa isn’t going to cut it when looking to reap the health benefits. And also eating 3 large bunches won’t help either and may even cause negative effects since it’s quite a lot of roughage to digest and may cause some IBS upsets. So what’s best (and what I have been doing personally) is drinking 2 ounces of fresh cilantro juice (you can juice it yourself or call your local juice bar and ask if they can make custom shots for you – what I did). 2 oz of cilantro juice is like eating 3 bunches of cilantro you would buy at the store, and you won’t get full or have any issues from all the fiber by drinking the juice. But remember, too much of a good thing is not a good thing, so any more than 2 oz a day may be overkill. You don’t need to overdue it – as with anything.
I hope this post was helpful, insightful, and you enjoyed it as much as I did sharing with you! See y’all on Instagram!
Disclaimer: This post is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any health issues.