Tap water contains aluminum, fluoride, lead, lithium, chloride and chlorine.
Cilantro – the purifying power lies in the structure of the outer walls of the microscopic cells that make up the plant.
The tap water we consume contains fluoride, chlorine and varied amounts of dissolved minerals such as sodium, calcium, chlorides, magnesium, bicarbonates and sulfates.
It also contains manganese,iron, copper, nitrates, aluminum, herbicides and insecticides.
Not to mention, according to a report by the Associated Press, that the conclusion from a study of 24 municipal tap waters revealed, yes, small quantities of pharmaceutical traces — including hormones, antibiotics, mood stabilizers and various other drugs.
Heavy metals accumulate in the body and cause health problems that seriously impact literally every major organ in the body. Studies have shown that heavy metals in the body may be implicated in everything from cardiovascular disease to Alzheimer’s, from kidney dysfunction to behavioral problems, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and even paralysis.
The great news is that nature always has the solution to every problem. The herb cilantro has been found to be an amazing water purifier, as it absorbs heavy metals and harmful chemicals such as nickel and lead.
How does Cilantro work?
Toxic metals are bound by chemical agents found in cilantro, wrestling them free from tissues and expelling them from the body.
Cilantro’s purifying power lies in the structure of the outer walls of the microscopic cells that make up the plant. The architecture of these walls make them ideal for absorbing heavy metals.
According to a research team lead by Douglas Schauer from Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette, Indiana along with a group of Mexican researchers, cilantro leaves are a cheaper way to filter water especially in poorer regions where water is not clean.
The team tested various samples of plants and determined that cilantro is the most prevalent and powerful bioabsorbant material in the Tule Valley in Mexico City where water is heavily contaminated with lead and nickel. The cilantro bioabsorbant is replaced by the typical charcoal, which is more costly, in order to capture metal toxicity.
Schauer says, “The organic toxins we can take care of pretty easily with a number of different methods, but the only way to really get rid of those heavy metals is to treat them with filtering agents like activated charcoal, but those types of materials are kind of expensive. They are a little expensive for us to use, but they are very expensive for the people living in that region.”
How to Use Cilantro
Add one handful of cilantro to clean 2 liters of highly contaminated water.
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