Friday, December 3, 2010

More Love for Cilantro!

Free radicals are everywhere - in the water we drink, food we eat, and in the air we breathe. The main defense to free radicals (coming from pollution, x-rays, radiation, chemicals, heavy metals) are antioxidants.  Cilantro leaves are rich in calcium, iron, carotenes, and vitamin C, which it happens are great antioxidants.  A Japanese investigator, Yoshiaki Omura, has made the revolutionary discovery that cilantro can mobilize mercury and other toxic metals from the central nervous system if large enough amounts are consumed daily. Reuters reports that cilantro contains a chemical which has been found to kill the Salmonella bacteria that cause foodborne illness.

The heavy metal detox capabilities of cilantro should also make it of great use in the treatment of depression, Alzheimer's disease, lack of concentration and other related disorders.  In other words, this herb can apparently help to keep you happy, focused, and sane!  

See below for one of my favorite smoothie recipes. 

Smoooothies! Gotta love cilantro

My girlfriend bought herself an early Christmas gift - a Vitamix!  It's an amazingly powerful blender and fantastic for quickly blending up greens into a smoothie.  I'll be sharing with her some of my favorite recipes; I've shared this with other friends and they love it too!  I got it from Sarma - the owner of Pure Food and Wine in NYC (awesome raw food restaurant).  Leave a message if you try it.  

Sarma's Cilantro Shake:

  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Cucumber
  • Cilantro
  • Lime
  • Pineapple
  • Agave Nectar or stevia
  • Vanilla Extract
  • BIG pinch of Cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
In a blender, (Vitamix if you have one) throw a pink peeled grapefruit, peeled cucumber, lots and lots and lots of cilantro - like half a bunch, a lime, some pineapple, agave nectar or stevia, vanilla extract,  BIG pinch of cinnamon, and pinch of salt.  Blend well and enjoy!  I top mine off with a shake of cinnamon on top too.