Cilantro is by far one of my favorite herbs! I have to say this is mainly due to it’s bright, fresh flavor but as a nutritionist it is my duty to give some recognition to the fantastic health benefits of this amazing plant. Here are the top 3 reasons to include more cilantro into your diet:
1. Cilantro is a natural detoxifier and has a great ability to chelate heavy metals and pull them safely out of the body, you will often see cilantro incorporated into a whole foods or juice cleansing detox regime. Not only does it take out the bad but it also puts back the good due to its high mineral content, in particular iron.
2. Cilantro can help to lower blood sugar and LDL (bad) cholesterol, great for anyone with diabetes.
3. Cilantro has anti-inflammatory properties that may help with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, even inflammation due to strenuous exercise.
You will often see cilantro added to our dishes to enhance flavour and to increase the overall health benefits of our meals. Another great way to use cilantro is in your fresh green juices. Simply add a handful when making a fresh pressed juice, you will be surprised how much this enhances the flavour! Try growing cilantro in your backyard herb or container garden so you will have an endless supply.
Michelle Waithe, Holistic Nutritionist at Fuel Nutrition