Not just a flavorful accent to Mexican dishes, fresh cilantro (or coriander) is a super nutritious herb containing variety of anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, and antibacterial properties for improving and maintaining health to your body.
Cilantro is richest in vitamin K, offering protective nutrients for bones, blood, brain and more. It is also a good source of vitamins A and C. Studies show these natural antioxidants help to improve and protect your body from various degenerative illnesses and premature aging. Research also shows that cilantro is one of the few herbs that can actually cleanse heavy metals from the body, with successful procedures (chelation) performed on the brain and spinal chord. The natural anti septic properties in cilantro can help in the healing of wounds to the skin.
Consuming & Storing Cilantro
Juicing is one of the most effective ways to reap the rich nutrients from cilantro. You can easily add a handful of the fresh herb to your blender when mixing up a green drink or smoothie, or atop salad or fresh salsa. Alternatively, ground coriander seed powder can be mixed into drinks and savory dishes. Using the essential oil can offer digestive aid and relief from other stomach upsets.
Cilantro can stay fresh for up to 2 weeks when stored in the refrigerator. Place the bunch in a glass of water and cover loosely with a plastic bag. Change the water as it becomes discolored.
Rich’s Lean Green Juice (from www.hacres.com)
- 2 large cucumbers
- 2 head of celery
- 2 green apples
- 1/2 of a pineapple
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 8-10 sprigs of mint
Directions: Add all ingredients to juicer and blend. Makes 1-1 1/2 qts depending on your juicer. Can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.