Cilantro is a savory herb. Also known as Chinese parsley, it’s used in a wide range of dishes, including all three of Mama Flasch’s salsa flavors. In addition to its delicious flavor, it also boasts serious health benefits. Read on to learn eight of the ways cilantro can improve your overall health:

  1. Cleanse Your System Of Heavy Metals

    Our systems can become overrun with heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, and lead. This is due to various reasons including consumption of certain types of fish, antibiotic use, vaccines or old dental fillings. These heavy metals can cause damage and lead to a host of issues such as heart disease, infertility, neurological issues and imbalanced hormones. Fortunately, cilantro’s powerful detox capabilities help rid the body of these toxic compounds.

  2. Guard Your Body Against Free Radicals

    Our bodies constantly face free radicals. But when they go unchecked, free radicals can cause a wide range of issues. Examples include certain kinds of cancer, heart disease, dementia and arthritis due to the oxidative stress they cause. Cilantro’s potent antioxidants, including quercetin, help battle free radicals and control inflammation throughout the body.

  3. Protect Your Heart

    A potassium-rich diet, including foods such as cilantro, can help benefit blood pressure due to its ability to exhibit positive effects on sodium levels. Additionally, cilantro can help dissolve excess cholesterol in the arteries to reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Cilantro’s high content of potent polyphenolic compounds helps prevent cardiac damage.

  4. Soothe An Upset Stomach

    Cilantro is well-known for its ability to effectively soothe nausea, reduce gas, alleviate bloating, ease heartburn and calm stomach cramps. Often, fresh cilantro is served alongside spicy meals due to its known cooling and soothing effects on the digestive system.

  5. Benefit Blood Sugar Levels

    Certain studies point to cilantro’s ability to positively affect blood sugar levels. Cilantro has been shown to encourage normal liver function and promote balanced glucose levels.

  6. Calm Anxiety and Promote Deeper Sleep

    Cilantro helps calm jittery nerves and promote healthy sleep cycles. Cilantro’s natural sedative properties help encourage relaxation and deep, satisfying sleep.

  7. Guard Your Body Against Food Poisoning

    In addition to promoting detox, cilantro also helps fight infections and toxins. It possesses powerful antibacterial capabilities that help it guard against food and water-related illnesses such as salmonella, dysentery and listeria. Cilantro’s powerful germ-fighting properties are linked to an element known as dodecenal, which is a powerful antibacterial compound.

  8. Prevent Neurological Degredation

    Cilantro helps reduce inflammation throughout the body that can lead to brain degradation over time. By keeping inflammation in check, cilantro helps guard against degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

If you want to enjoy both the flavor and health benefits of cilantro, be sure to read about what to do with leftover salsa.