Our drinking water supplies contain fluoride, chlorine, and dissolved minerals like bicarbonates, sulfates, chlorides, sodium, magnesium, iron, manganese, and copper. But, it also contains herbicides, insecticides, nitrates, and aluminum.
As reported by the Associated Press, our tap water might also contain small amounts of pharmaceuticals, such as hormones, mood stabilizers, and antibiotics.
Heavy metals accumulate in the body and lead to many health issues which can seriously affect every single organ in the body. It has been scientifically shown that heavy metals may lead to behavioral problems, kidney dysfunction, Parkinson`s disease, Alzheimer`s disease, epilepsy, cardiovascular disease, and even paralysis.
The good news is that cilantro has been shown to be great water purifier, drawing out detrimental chemicals and heavy metals like nickel and lead. As a matter of fact, this cheap and easily available herb has been proven effective at removing various carcinogens, not only nickel and lead. It pulls out mercury and copper from contaminated water, too.
Cilantro`s chemical agents attach to toxic metals and eventually flush then of the system. What makes cilantro so effective water purifier is the structure of the outer walls of the microscopic cells which make up the plant. In brief, the structure of these walls is ideal for absorbing heavy metals.
A research done by Douglas Schauer from Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette, Indiana along with a group of Mexican researchers suggests that cilantro is the cheapest way to filter water, particularly when it comes to poorer regions with contaminated water.
The team of researchers analyzed a few plants and found that cilantro is the most common and potent bioasorbant material in the Tule Valley in Mexico City, a region where water is contaminated with nickel and lead. Cilantro is replaced by charcoal, which is more expensive bio absorbant.
According to Schauer, “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
So, you might wonder how much cilantro does it need to purify water effectively. Well, the truth is that not much. A handful of cilantro is enough to clean a 2-liter pitcher of highly contaminated water.