It is only natural for one to wonder, what can be done to stay healthy when there are new environmental concerns lurking around every corner… The solution? Cilantro! Today’s healthy eating recipes – “Fresh, raw homemade salsa” will provide a delicious way to add cilantro to your diet.
As recently as 10 years ago, it seemed that the only mention of mercury was by dentists concerned about their patients with silver fillings which had been known to contain high levels of mercury. However, today it seems you cannot turn on the local news without hearing reports of the increased levels of mercury found in predatory fish which was once the universal mainstay for those following a heart-healthy diet and by healthy-living enthusiasts.
Recent studies confirm that symptoms of mercury poisoning can be significantly reduced over time by regularly consuming large amounts of cilantro. It seems the chemical compounds in cilantro are known to bind to heavy metals in the body loosening them from tissues, blood and organs then transporting these harmful substances out of the body naturally through elimination.
Ingredients for healthy eating recipes fresh Raw Homemade Salsa
- 2 cups fresh tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1 small onion, minced
- 3 mild chilies, finely chopped
- ½ red pepper finely, chopped
- bunch cilantro, finely chopped
- sea salt (to taste)
- lime juice (to taste)
- splash of raw apple cider vinegar (to taste)
In a small bowl mix all ingredients well; serve immediately or cover and chill. This raw salsa will last about a week in the refrigerator unless, of course, you eat it all.
What are additional benefits of cilantro?
Cilantro oil is commonly used by homeopathic and naturopathic health providers as an effective remedy in helping to remove heavy metals and other toxins from the bodies of their patients. In addition, recent studies are making their way into health journals abroad, suggesting that cilantro could possibly be one of nature’s unsurpassed bonding agents, predominantly for individuals having been exposed to heightened levels of mercury and other harmful environmental toxins.
The known health benefits of cilantro are endless. The following I am sure will encourage you to boost your intake of cilantro.
- Its leaves and seeds contain many essential volatile oils such as borneol, linalool, cineole, cymene, terpineol, dipentene, phellandrene, pinene and terpinolene.
- The leaves and stem tips are also rich in numerous anti-oxidant polyphenolic flavonoids such as quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin and epigenin.
- The herb is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium..
- It is also rich in many vital vitamins, including folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene, vitamin-C that is essential for optimum health. It provides 6748 IU of vitamin-A per 100 g, about 225% of recommended daily intake.
- Note: Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids (carotenoids) helps body protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
- Cilantro is one of the richest herbal sources for vitamin K
For the healthiest way to eat cilantro, I suggest either growing your own cilantro or using organic to eliminate exposing your body to more harmful toxins that are commonly found in pesticides that are sprayed on non-organic fruits and vegetables. I clean my cilantro, before using, by spraying with diluted vinegar waiting a couple of minutes and then rinsing. Shake off excess water and set to dry on a few paper towels or clean kitchen towel.
Some people use nearly the entire bunch of cilantro but I prefer the leaves. When dry you can wrap it up in a paper towel and place in a zip lock bag; this will ensure its freshness. Cilantro will usually stay fresh for approximately 1 week, however, if it does start to wither. throw the zip-lock bag with the cilantro into the freezer. Freezing preserves the fresh taste and thawed cilantro makes a wonderful pesto.
Cilantro! Make it part of your healthy eating recipes – fresh raw homemade salsa today. Enjoy it with some whole grain chips. I like Garden of Eatin’ and, of course, do not forget the BioGirl Health’s guacamole.