Cilantro, which comes from the leafy part of the herb coriander, is often used in Indian, African, Italian and Middle Eastern cooking. Many use the herb to help discharge heavy metals from the body. You can add cilantro to salads, soups and pasta dishes, or eat it with fish. There are also several recipes for cilantro dishes specifically designed to help with chelation, which is the removal of metals.
Heavy metals and cilantro
Heavy metal poisoning is caused by mercury, aluminum and lead. It can cause depression, allergies and learning problems as well as affect the memory and immune system.
Research done by Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, who founded the International College of Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics and served as director of medical research at the Heart Disease Research Foundation, is most cited as the source for cilantro cleanses. Omura found that patients’ urine had higher than normal levels of mercury after they ate a soup that contained a large amount of cilantro. He began experimenting and discovered that patients with mercury poisoning got better after eating cilantro.
If you want to try chelation, you’ll need to eat cilantro every day. Try eating two tablespoons of cilantro pesto each day for at least three weeks. It’s also recommended that you take chlorella with the cilantro, as this will bind the mercury and help flush it from the system. You can try garlic for this also. You can also simply add fresh cilantro to your food each day. You can cook the cilantro into soup and pasta, add it to salads or use it as a topping for meat dishes.
To make the cilantro pesto, you’ll need four garlic cloves, 1/3 cup Brazil nuts, 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, 2 cups fresh cilantro, 2/3 cup flaxseed oil, four tablespoons lemon juice, two teaspoons dulse powder and sea salt. Process the cilantro and flaxseed oil in a blender until the cilantro is chopped. Add the garlic, nuts, seeds, dulse and lemon juice and blend until you have a paste. Add a pinch of salt and blend again.
Eat two teaspoons of this each day for three weeks. Put the pesto on toast, baked potatoes and pasta.
You can also drink your cilantro. Chop eight or more full teaspoons of cilantro and steep it in a quart of just boiled chicken broth or water for about 20 minutes. Don’t use metal cookware to heat the broth. Sip this concoction during the day for two to three months for highly elevated mercury levels, according to Modern Herbalist.