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Cilantro isn’t just for decorating your plate, it comes with so many amazing benefits! Cilantro is one of those herbs you either love or you hate, if you love it then you will definitely reap all the benefits from this amazing herb! All this time you probably had no idea the amazing things cilantro can do for you, besides adding an incredible flavour to our food, it offers many health benefits. Cilantro offers flavour, beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants. It is also a good source of dietary fiber and iron, magnesium and manganese. It’s a known fact that herbs (and spices) such as cilantro have far greater concentrations of antioxidants than any common fruit or vegetable. Herbs also contain a particularly wide variety of antioxidants as well, which makes them more effective at fighting many different kinds of free radicals.

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Antioxidants are compounds found in all plant foods and are also manufactured in your body. The biggest job of antioxidants is to protect your cells against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals, considered to be one of the main causes of the aging process. Who doesn’t want to age well!?

Protecting yourself against free radicals with antioxidants is the most effective way to reduce the risk of many health problems associated with aging. The benefits of antioxidants include powerful protection against all types of degenerative diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and much more.

Antioxidants work together and each one has its own specific characteristics and benefits. One antioxidant may work in places in the body where another one can’t, and neutralize free radicals that other antioxidants miss. So, getting a variety of antioxidants is important in order to truly be effective in getting all the free radicals in our bodies that cause disease!  Therefore, eating a variety of herbs and spices will be the most effective way to maintain good health.  Variety is the spice of life!!!

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Health Benefits

A compound of cilantro, dodecenal, helps fight off salmonella.

Cilantro oil has been found to assist the digestive system in the production of digestive enzymes.

Cilantro contains an alcohol called borneol, which aids in destroying viruses and germs.

Natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce symptoms of arthritis.

Helps to reduce bad cholesterol – LDL and increases good cholesterol – HDL.

Ability to help control blood sugar and fight inflammation.

The antioxidants found in cilantro help reduce free radical damage from exposure to sunlight -research shows that daily use of cilantro helps in preventing skin cancer.

Cilantro has been found to remove heavy metals like mercury, aluminum, and lead from the body.

Has been shown to have anti-anxiety effects.

May help improve sleep quality.

As you can see there are many amazing benefits from eating cilantro.  You can top off your meals with it, add it to green smoothies or juices, add to homemade salsa and guacamole!

The main talk around town is MACROS, MACROS, MACROS!  It’s not just about carbs, protein and fat.  Your body requires MICRONUTRIENTS as well to achieve optimal health.  The micronutrients we consume have specific roles and play a vital part in the bio availability of your MACRONUTRIENTS.

As a fitness professional in the gig along time, I have seen, read and experienced many approaches to training and eating.  But it always goes back to the basics and science.  Eating a bowl fruit loops at the end of the day to catch up on your macros is not a healthy choice.  Be smart with your eating and don’t make excuses to eat foods that can cause the destruction of antioxidants and your bio availability!