Pick pesto

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fresh cilantro when made into a pesto is not only tasty but can be exceptionally good for you. Cilantro is that parsley-like herb used in salsa that gives a delicious zip to the food. When cilantro goes to seed you get coriander but it is the young leaves in this case that can be so good for you. In addition to being rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, it can be used as a very powerful chelating (deep cleansing) food, according to a Japanese researcher named Dr. Yoshiaki Omura.

He found that by eating cilantro pesto his antibiotic therapy for chlamydia infection was dramatically improved. He found this to be true with other infections including herpes and cytomegalovirus. While he wasn’t certain about why this happened, he thought it had to do with cilantro chelating the toxic metals aluminum, mercury and lead from the body. He proved chelation by testing urine pre- and post ingestion of cilantro.

Eating just a couple of sprigs won’t do the job though. Here is a recipe for cilantro pesto that I use: 2 bunches of washed/fresh cilantro, the juice of 1/2 lime, fresh garlic to taste, 1/2 cup of almonds or any unsalted nut, 6 tablespoons of olive oil (or any nut oil). Stuff all of the cilantro, stems and all into the bottom of a food processor and place all of the other ingredients on top. Blend until you get a smooth paste, remove to a storage bowl and refrigerate. I use two tablespoons a day on a low carb tortilla, roll it up and have it for breakfast. This is a quick, easy, tasty way to start each day that also gives ample nutrition, staying power and benefits by cleansing deep toxins from your body. The recipe given will make enough for about six days for one person but you can make ahead and freeze. Pesto can be made with parsley, mint, watercress or even radish tops and all of these make a healthful sauce for just about anything including fish. All should have the same benefit as cilantro.

Plaque in coronary arteries is caused by inflammation and is greatly influenced by toxic metals to which we all have some exposure, some say. Staying low on red meats and adding pesto of any kind to your diet should help reduce risk. Supplements such as Kale or Moringa powder would be an easy way to accomplish the same goal.

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