Cilantro is a Mediterranean herb is used all over the world in a variety of dishes, especially in Mexican cuisine. While it adds its own unique flavor to cuisine, it is also widely known for its ability to help prevent certain diseases and many other health benefits. It is also known to purify water too!
However, cilantro holds one other major health benefit that not too many people know about. It is incredibly effective at binding many heavy metals from the body. This could work to your advantage especially with the widespread toxicity we are facing in the world today.
Releases lead buildup
A study published in 2011 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, the researchers studied the relationship between cilantro and lead deposition in mice. Male mice that were suffering from high levels of lead in their bodies were administered cilantro via gastric intubation. Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA), a chelating agent, was used as a positive control to validate the experiment. (1)
After undergoing this procedure for 25 days, the male mice were inspected for lead composition in their bodies. According to the scientists, cilantro and DMSA “significantly decreased lead deposition in the femur and severe lead-induced injury in the kidneys.” In addition, urinary excretion of delta-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) was increased therefore researchers concluded that cilantro has “suppressive activity on lead deposition.” (1)
Elimination of other heavy metals
Discovered by accident, another study showed that cilantro has the ability to chelate other heavy metals such as mercury and aluminum, as well as lead, from the body.
Lead researcher, Yoshiaki Omura, attempted to use antibiotics to treat certain eye infections but was not successful with the feat. There have been some cases when infections disappeared, only to reappear a few months later making the antibiotics useless. Dr. Omura noticed that the heavy metals found in the urine and certain parts of the body were the culprit in causing the infections. Upon this discovery, he decided to examine patients’ urine further. (2,3)
Dr. Omura’s noticed that one of his patients had an increased level of mercury after consuming a meal that contained cilantro, so he examined further for cilantro’s possible chelating properties. He found that cilantro did, in fact, speed up the removal of mercury and aluminum from the patient’s body, which allowed the antibiotics to eliminate infections for good. (2,3)
Approximately a year later, Dr. Omura did a follow up study on patients who suffered from build-ups of mercury in other body organs after the removal of a dental amalgam. In a few short weeks of regularly consuming cilantro, mercury levels in patients had reduced significantly! (2,4)
Regularly consume cilantro for health and detoxification benefits
Like many other herbs, cilantro is very low in calories, but it also doesn’t contain any cholesterol. Its dark green leaves contain large amounts of antioxidants. The leaves and seeds also contain a decent amount of essential volatile oils, while the leaves and the tips of the stem contain numerous flavonoids. (5)
Something else that makes this aromatic green herb stand out among other herbs, is the fact that it is a great source of minerals, including potassium, which is necessary to help control your heart rate and keep your blood pressure under control. (5)
If you’d like to use cilantro for its chelating properties, simply consume about a quarter cup of its leaves and stems on a daily basis. It’s probably wise to start small and work your way up in quantity to avoid the risk of your body detoxifying more heavy metals than you can handle. As soon as the body has cleared, you can increase the dosage and even combine with foods such as spirulina and chlorella for a deeper detox! (2)
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