Did you know that cilantro (aka. coriander, Coriandrum sativum) has been found by scientific research to eliminate highly toxic mercury from the body? A groundbreaking research project conducted at the Heart Disease Research Foundation, New York, USA in the mid to late 1990s discovered this remarkable effect of cilantro. 
Since then, several fascinating follow-up studies have appeared. A 2001 study found that coriander had a preventative effect on lead poisoning in mice. 
Here is another study of interest, as a completely different industry corroborates the findings: A study by the Department of Atomic Energy in India found cilantro able to remove mercury ions from aqueous solution “with good efficiency”. 
Also, more recent studies have found that the detox effect was amplified by the inclusion of chlorella  – which, interestingly, has also been found able to bind to cadmium – another toxic metal. 
There is far too much here to ignore: This subject is worthy of more studies, please!
In the recent decades, there has an increasing awareness about the serious negative impacts of heavy metals to human body. Extensive scientific studies have been conducted to determine the extent of these damages and how to minimize their undesirable and damaging effects.
These heavy / toxic metals include arsenic, beryllium, lead, cadmium, barium, chromium, mercury and selenium.  These metals are normally present in the natural environment at low levels. However when they are found in larger amounts they may impose additional risks to the body.
Humans normally acquire these metals through ingestion, drinking, eating, and breathing or inhalation. Of course, many people have acquired mercury through mercury amalgam dental fillings. Sufficient mercury is picked up through fish consumption for there to have been warnings about over-consumption of certain types of fish. People living / working in industrial areas where these metals are utilized, or those who reside in areas where these metals are disposed improperly, also have a risk for exposure.
When exposed to larger quantities of these metals, humans tend to experience various symptoms which include vomiting, nausea, increase in blood pressure, breathing difficulties, muscle weakness, diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Some victims also tend to have runny nose, asthma, cough, nose ulcers, wheezing, allergic reactions, and shortness of breath.
Heavy metal poisoning is serious stuff: In the worst cases, victims may suffer from changes in heart rhythm, liver and kidney damage, high blood pressure, paralysis, bronchitis, damage to blood vessels, dementia and even death. In pregnant women, overexposure to these harmful elements may even trigger miscarriage.
Here’s the good news: We’ve found an amazing all-natural, super-delicious cilantro pesto recipe that may be able to aid you in dealing with heavy metals. Aside from being inexpensive it is easy to make. for best results, please use organic ingredients!
Also known as coriander, cilantro is considered to have numerous amazing healing and medicinal properties. In addition to its crisp taste, cilantro is packed with nutritious constituents that are thought to offer unique protection to the body against a wide range of diseases.
Cilantro Chelation Pesto
Heavy metal poisoning is rampant. It is a major cause of hormonal imbalances, cancer, thyroid problems, neurological disturbances, learning problems, depression, food allergies, parasites, etc. etc. This is a great recipe that is not only easy to make but also really yummy, and it tells you how to remove heavy metals from the body!
Cilantro is truly a healing food. One friend suffering from high blood pressure due to mercury poisoning had her blood pressure return to normal after eating two teaspoons of this pesto daily for only a week. So whether you need to detoxify heavy metals from your body or just wish to use it as a preventative measure, 2 teaspoons a day is all you need to take. This pesto has now become a regular in my diet. Enjoy!
Cilantro Chelation Pesto
- 4 cloves garlic
- 1/3 cup Brazil nuts (selenium)
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds (cysteine)
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium)
- 2 cups packed fresh cilantro (coriander, Chinese parsley) (vitamin A)
- 2/3 cup flaxseed oil
- 4 tablespoons lemon juice (vitamin C)
- 2 tsp dulse powder
- Sea salt to taste
Process the cilantro and flaxseed oil in a blender until the coriander is chopped. Add the garlic, nuts and seeds, dulse and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended into a paste. Add a pinch to sea salt to taste and blend again. Store in dark glass jars if possible. It freezes well, so purchase cilantro in season and fill enough jars to last through the year.
Cilantro has been proven to chelate toxic metals from our bodies in a relatively short period of time. Combined with the benefits of the other ingredients, this recipe is a powerful tissue cleanser.
Two teaspoons of this pesto daily for three weeks is purportedly enough to increase the urinary excretion of mercury, lead, and aluminum, thus effectively removing these toxic metals from our bodies. We can consider doing this cleanse for three weeks at least once a year. The pesto is delicious on toast, baked potatoes, and pasta.
- 1 – 2 fresh cloves of garlic
- add raw pine nuts, or raw sunflowers seeds, and mixed with some raw pistachios
- 1 fresh bunch of cilantro leaves
- 1 – 2 fresh jalapeño pepper (remove seeds)
- 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice
- A generous amount of olive oil – extra virgin, cold press (Trader Joe’s Greek olive oil or Braggs Greek olive oil)
- 1/4 tsp cumin or to taste
- Celtic sea salt/Himalayan pink salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
Put garlic and nuts in the food processor blend well later adding olive oil and the remaining ingredients until a smooth creamy oliy texture. You may need to add a bit more of olive oil if needed, scrape the sides of the blender until all is mixed. Place in glass jar topped with a little olive oil to seal the freshness and prevent from spoiling. Good for one week in refrigerator, it freezes well, so you can make several batches at once. That’s it! Enjoy! 😙
Can you imagine eating and detoxing? Yes by adding cilantro to your foods that’s exactly what happens!
References / further studies:
 Aga, et al. (2001) Preventive effect of Coriandrum sativium on localized lead deposition in ICR mice. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 77, no. 2-3, pp. 203–208, 2001.
 Carr, et al, (1998) Characterization of the Cadmium-binding Capacity of Chlorella vulgaris. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. 60: 433-440.