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I have been diagnosed with Grover’s disease under my breasts. I had a biopsy for diagnosis. Tried topical ointment with no really good results. Any ideas?
How’s it going for you? I’ve been making a smoothie every day and am shocked at the results! I’m in Gulf Shores this week for vacation and no new bumps and the ones that started are healing up. No itching! I hope you are getting good results too. 🙂
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My dermatologist said often the Grover's dissipates in humidity. That is why it is more common in the dry air of Arizona.
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Several weeks of smoothies and Grover’s has left me. This weekend on trip and just cilantro capsules. Will report on how these do when trip is over.
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I am posting this because some have wondered about Vitamin D. As you will see, there is no D in cilantro. It does say, however (but now below), that you can be more sensitive to sun so do wear sun block. I just googled cilantro health benefit and there is much more on this subject.
Cilantro Nutritional Facts
A great source of vitamins and minerals, cilantro should be considered a superfood, or at least a “superherb.” A small amount delivers the full daily value of vitamin A and K and is rich in vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. Cilantro is a great, low-calorie option for those who want to add more nutrients and flavor to their diet. Below is the full nutritional breakdown for 3.5 oz. of raw cilantro leaves.
Vitamins and Minerals Amount Daily Value
Vitamin A equiv. 6748 IU 135%
Thiamine (B1) 0.067 mg 4.5%
Riboflavin (B2) 0.162 mg 9.5%
Niacin (B3) 1.114 mg 5.5%
Vitamin B6 0.149 mg 7.4%
Vitamin C 27 mg 45%
Vitamin E 2.5 mg 8%
Vitamin K 310 ?g 387%
Calcium 67 mg 7%
Iron 1.77 mg 10%
Magnesium 26 mg 7%
Manganese 0.426 mg 21%
Phosphorus 48 mg 5%
Potassium 521 mg 15%
Sodium 46 mg 2%
Zinc 0.5 mg 1.6%
Cilantro and Toxic Metal Cleansing
Beyond its nutritional benefits, cilantro is a powerful, cleansing agent that specifically targets toxic metals. We are constantly exposed to toxic metals like aluminum, arsenic, and cadmium. Toxic metals tend to accumulate in the endocrine system, muscle tissue, and even deep within the bones. Once these metals reach dangerous levels, many serious health problems occur. Common side effects of toxic metal exposure include hormone imbalance, oxidative stress from free radicals, and, in extreme cases, impaired organ function. Don't wait to experience harsh side effects before cleansing your body.
Mercury, for example, can have a devastating effect on your health. Many people who suffer from mercury exposure report feeling more clear headed after consuming large amounts of cilantro over an extended period.
Exposure to lead is also far more common than many people realize and has many adverse effects on the body. In animal studies, cilantro has been observed to protect against lead-induced oxidative stress.
Cilantro helps cleanse the body of toxic metals by supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes. Compounds in cilantro leaf bind to toxic metals and loosen them from affected tissue. This process allows metals to be released from the body naturally. You can access these benefits by consuming the raw leaves or ingesting concentrated extracts. Unfortunately, fresh cilantro goes bad very quickly. Not everyone appreciates the distinctive flavor of cilantro. One explanation for the difference in flavor perception is the absence of a particular gene called OR6A2. The lack of this gene seems to be common in those who report a foul taste.
Additional Benefits of Cilantro
Cilantro has strong antioxidant activity.
Promotes Heart Health
Cilantro may help prevent cardiovascular damage.
Provides a Mood Boost
Cilantro has been shown to promote calm feelings.
Promotes Normal Blood Sugar Levels
Some studies report that cilantro encourages normal blood sugar levels.
Supports Restful Sleep
Cilantro may help improve sleep quality.
Supports Healthy Cells
Coriander seed oil possesses antioxidant properties that may reduce oxidative stress.
Encourages Fungal Balance
Research conducted by The Dental School of Piracicaba in Brazil reported that cilantro oil has potential against an oral form of the candida fungus.
Fights Harmful Organisms
Cilantro has demonstrated neutralizing activity against several types of harmful organisms.[11, 12]
Encourages Brain Health
Cilantro may help support neurological health by discouraging oxidative stress.
Promotes Normal Fluid Balance
Coriander seed encourages normal fluid balance and urine flow.
Supports Bone Health
Vitamin K supports healthy bones, and eating even a small amount of cilantro provides the recommended daily serving of vitamin K.
Nutritional Support for Eye Health
Cilantro contains nutrients, including vitamin A, which support eye health.
Natural Food Preservative
Cilantro leaves and coriander seed are used to produce essential oils that act as natural food preservatives.
James A. Duke, Ph.D., a former botanist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and author of "The CRC Handbook of Medicinal Herbs," has praised cilantro for the way it supports the digestive system. He recommends drinking tea made from the leaves for any form of stomach discomfort. Additionally, cilantro may encourage normal bowel movements.
MarianneJ- Thanks so much for this extensive summary on cilantro benefits. This took up lots of your time to write up and share with us.
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So I have given it about a month of trying the extract and then the capsules. Haven’t really seen any impact but have had a few eruptions so I am going to conclude that they aren’t doing anything. Making smoothies everyday is going to be a challenge but it seems that there might be something more in raw cilantro that isn’t making it in the supplements. Has anyone made up a batch for few days. Maybe just crush some ice into a lotion of the mixture each day. Thinking that might fit my schedule bettter. Will just use supplements when I am traveling for work I guess
I don't remember who makes up a batch for 2 days on this site. I had to catch an early airplane so the day before made up a double batch and surprisingly it tasted just the same. I doubt it would work if using banana or other fruits that turn dark once exposed to air.
great information many thanks regards pat
Ok. Made my first batch. Only half a bunch which by itself seemed like an awfully large amount. Can’t say it smelled very good. Added oj, some almond milk and a little strawberry banana smoothie mix. A bit rough getting it all down. Will keep you posted
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I am telling you @seth971 , the easiest and best tasting way to make the smoothie is using @froggers method. One container of Yoplait (or any) flavored yogurt and a cup (or so) of orange juice. I use the peach or the orange cream and it's really pretty good. Before I would literally gag it down.
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I went to another grocery store yesterday and checked out the cilantro and the bunches were half the length and width of what I usually buy. I guess you have to judge the cilantro by the size of the bunch. I use about 10/12 stalks of the super large bunch in my smoothies. Adding a banana helps to kill the taste a bit. Also, make it as cold as possible.
Bunches I buy are shown in picture. I put half in a one quart freezer bag. Unsure if bunches are same size everywhere.
I use one freezer bag per smoothie. Just bought 6 bunches and filled 12 freezer bags.
Perfect. My bunches were much larger – so i split it up. About 10-12 stalks. Day 2 went down easier than day 1, especially since I knew after day 1 that the mixture wasn't going to destroy me. Mixed in more orange juice this time. Trying to minimize how much i add as there is less to drink. I haven't checked the rash yet today, but strangely i have much less itching today. I have very bad itching on non-bump areas; frankly the visible rash marks have never (knock on wood) been that bad itch wise at least. Crossing my fingers – my wife thinks i am nuts drinking the horrid shakes – she has had itchy skin her whole life and just manages thru it. If this all clears up and the itchiness dissipates, i will stick with it. By the way, if/when it does, are we now stuck drinking this every day for the rest of our lives or just when it pops up again? Anyone get to the point of weening off the smoothies yet?
My hubs seems a tad better. We are in Oregon and I must be making his smoothies SUPER strong, as I use 1/2 a bunch but it's a lot!! Way more than 10 stems/stalks. My question is are you guys (whom the smoothies are working for) still using steroid creams or has this eliminated the need. Thanks! I'm still hopeful.
@ptownmama I have stopped my topical creams – just doing smoothies. Fingers crossed!
I do more than 10-12 stems. I do the whole bunch (about a cup or more) But no topical steroids anymore. I may try using less cilantro, but for now it's working so I don't want to jinx it
Steroids never helped me with Grover's. Like you I put in half bunch, about 2 generous cups. I read on Earth Clinic that one person whose original breakout was going on 6 years and was desperate began using 6 bunches a day and it has now gone into remission for the first time. The smoothies are definitely helping, but being cautious and keeping my passion for gardening limited to about 11:30 am and I work my yard in the shady areas getting outside just at sunrise and shower immediately afterwards. My skin has had no new break outs in weeks now and the breakout I started getting before joining the cilantro club is healing. Some residual itch but no pain, (pain was a major symptom for me which not all get. My skin feels like it has a minor sunburn, yet if I do sweat my skin stings/burns so it is not healed.
I had a smoothie on Friday, then we went on trip. Then cilantro capsules on Saturday and Sunday. Went back to smoothies on Monday. Seemed ok. No bad effects.
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