cilantro (coriander leaf)


Cilantro, also called coriander and Chinese parsley, is the go-to herb for heavy metal detoxi­fication. Cilantro’s magic in detoxifying the brain lies in the living water in its stems and leaves. The brain is a magnet for mineral salts, and when it draws up these precious mineral salt compounds from cilantro, a surprise package is attached: phytochemicals that deliberately remove toxic heavy metals  from the brain, freeing up neurons from toxic heavy metal oxidised residue, so that they can function at their best.

Cilantro is also very valuable for extracting heavy metals and other toxins from other body systems and organs, particularly the liver. In fact, it’s an amazing liver detoxifier in its own right.

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PRIMARY MICRO NUTRIENTS Vitamin K, Potassium, Vitamin C, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, B5, Folate
SECONDARY MICRO NUTRIENTS Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamins B1, B3, B6
  • Nutrient rich – Vitamin K superfood
  • Chelates and detoxifies heavy metals such as lead and mercury
  • Anti-Alzheimer’s
  • Many of the healing properties of cilantro can be attributed to its exceptional phytonutrient content
  • Anti-oxidant protection
  • Anti-biotic effect against Salmonella
  • Anti-Alzheimer’s – by acting to:
    • improve memory and reverse memory decline
    • lower cholesterol
    • inhibit breakdown of acetylcholine (ie anticholinesterase activity)
  • Cilantro’s volatile oil is rich in beneficial phytonutrients, including: carvonegeraniollimoneneborneolcamphorelemol, and linalool
  • Cilantro’s flavonoids include: quercitinkaempferolrhamnetin, and epigenin
PLANT FAMILY  Umbelliferae. Related to: Carrots, Celery, Parsnips, Fennel, Dill


RDA  Cilantro % RDA
Nutrient Unit per 100g
Water g 92.21
Energy kcal 23
Protein g 2.13
Total lipid (fat) g 0.52
Carbohydrate, by difference g 3.67
Fiber, total dietary g 2.8
Sugars, total g 0.87
Calcium, Ca mg 1000 67 6.7%
Iron, Fe mg 8 1.77 22.1%
Magnesium, Mg mg 420 26 6.2%
Phosphorus, P mg 700 48 6.9%
Potassium, K mg 470 521 110.9%
Sodium, Na mg 46
Zinc, Zn mg 11 0.5 4.5%
Copper, Cu mg 0.9 0.225 25.0%
Manganese, Mn mg 2.3 0.426 18.5%
Selenium, Se µg 55 0.9 1.6%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 90 27 30.0%
Thiamin mg 1.2 0.067 5.6%
Riboflavin mg 1.3 0.162 12.5%
Niacin mg 16 1.114 7.0%
Pantothenic acid mg 5 0.57 11.4%
Vitamin B-6 mg 1.7 0.149 8.8%
Folate, total µg 400 62 15.5%
Choline, total mg 12.8
Betaine mg
Vitamin B-12 µg 2.4 0 0.0%
Vitamin A, IU IU 5000 6748 135.0%
Vitamin E, total mg 15 2.5 16.7%
Vitamin D IU 600 0 0.0%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) µg 120 310 258.3%

The Recommended Dietary Amount (RDA) is based upon recommendations for a 40 year old very active man that I have adapted from USDA’s Dietary Intake Recommendations: Using this link you can make your own calculations

Adapted from:

Ware, M. (2014, August 30). “What are the health benefits of cilantro?.” Medical News Today. Retrieved from

USDA food database:

Other information sources:

Study into the reversal of memory deficits by Coriandrum sativum leaves

Online database of the World’s Healthiest Foods:

Online nutrient breakdown of foods:

Anthony Williams, the “Medical Medium” on Cilantro


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