Coriander Pesto for Heavy Metals


From the website:

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. [1][2]

Since then, several fascinating follow-up studies have appeared. A 2001 study found that coriander had a preventative effect on lead poisoning in mice. [3]

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”. [4]

Also, more recent studies have found that the detox effect was amplified by the inclusion of chlorella [5] – which, interestingly, has also been found able to bind to cadmium – another toxic metal. [6]

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. [7] 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.

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.


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