Do You Believe In The Cilantro Gene?
Or could it be all in your head?
Perhaps you have heard about the studies that were conducted to see if there is a specific gene that is responsible for peoples’ aversion to the taste of cilantro. Well, according to these studies, there presumably is a link between genetics and the “love it or hate it” response to this widely used herb!
Personally, I think some scientists have far too much time on their hands if this is where time and money is being spent. Shouldn’t they be spending their valuable time, money, and effort on studies proving cilantro as a heavy metal chelator?
Nonetheless, apparently people either really like (or LOVE) it, or they absolutely dislike (or HATE) it! To some, this highly aromatic herb tastes like “soap”. Though researchers are not in total agreement over why people claim the herb tastes like soap, there are some accepted speculations. One is that cilantro contains modified fragments of fat molecules called aldehydes, much like aldehydes that are found in soaps.
Other researchers believe there may be a genetic link to the distaste, although this theory may be less credible since there are many who once disliked the “soapy” tasting cilantro only to later acquire a taste for it.
Speaking from my own experience, I was one of those people who “hated” cilantro! I thought it tasted “too green” with a flavor that resembled “perfume”. I suppose I would have believed that I had this cilantro-hating gene except for one thing –
I went from hating it to loving it almost instantly.
Around ten years ago, I became extremely sick with symptoms of MS and anxiety. (How I took Control of My Life and Health!) I was deteriorating quickly before the eyes of family and friends, and was not willing to accept conventional medicine’s mantras of “no cure” and “be prepared for your condition to worsen”. In light of this, I decided to explore natural therapies. After all, pharmaceutical drugs weren’t going anywhere if it turned out I really needed them.
One of the avenues I first explored was the possibility that my neurological symptoms were due to mercury poisoning from amalgam fillings. At first, I really didn’t believe that all of my symptoms stemmed from these fillings, but when I considered all of the tuna I had eaten in my lifetime on top of the mercury toxicity we are all exposed to daily from the environment, I figured it would be worth the effort of detoxing this harmful heavy metal from my body.
Researching natural ways to detox mercury all seemed to point to one common herb – cilantro (also known as coriander). Now there are other herbs that can detox mercury from your body such as garlic, chlorella, and holy basil; however, I was most interested in cilantro. It is believed that cilantro binds to heavy metals (in this case mercury) and helps to remove it from the body, specifically the central nervous system and the brain.
It seemed to me that cilantro would either help me to regain my health as mercury levels in my body were lowered, or there would be no change at.
Either way, this herb would not hurt me. So I figured, what did I have to lose – other than some of my symptoms?
Now I fully believe that cilantro was a major component in my self-curing protocol, but in retrospect what I find even more interesting is how I made a 180-degree turn from being a cilantro hater to a cilantro lover.
Once I was convinced that this herb would help me to regain my health, and that it was a necessary part of my natural healing program, I “miraculously” no longer disliked the taste!
In fact, I even grew to crave it!
So imagine my surprise to hear of actual studies suggesting that people who dislike cilantro may have a specific gene that cilantro lovers don’t.
What I believe these “studies” actually prove is what I have been saying for years (Genetically Predetermined for Disease?) –
“We are in total control of our genes! How we live our life and what we believe directly influences whether a specific gene is turned on or off.”
Thankfully there are studies that are backing my theory, such as the one reported by Mark Hyman, MD in his enlightening article Why Your Genes Don’t Determine Your Health.
I think studies proving the power of the mind as it relates to the human body are far more helpful than those asking if a gene determines how our taste buds respond to different foods and herbs such as cilantro… but in the meantime, I’ll prepare myself for future studies proving the “dislike of Brussels sprouts” gene or perhaps maybe the “dislike of carrots” gene.
I know a lot of kids that would quote a study like that!
But for those of you who simply do not have the palate for this amazing herb, but still wish to take advantage of its medicinal properties, there may be an answer for you. A Japanese study found that crushing the leaves may trigger enzymes that leave the herb with no aroma thus no “soapy” taste!
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- Cilantro helps detox heavy metals
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- Clinically Proven Oral Chelation
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- Transdermal Magnesium Therapy
- What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish
- How I took Control of My Life and Health!
- Genetically Predetermined for Disease?