Did you know that cilantro can be used to quickly detox mercury and other heavy metals from your body?
Cilantro, a popular culinary and medicinal herb, has many detoxifying and renewing properties most people don’t even know about.
In this article, we will discuss the dangers of mercury poisoning and share some eye-opening facts about the detoxifying benefits of cilantro, as well as give you a roadmap for doing your own mercury detox at home.
The Dangers of Heavy Metal Poisoning
Heavy metals, such as mercury, lead, and aluminum, accumulate in the body over time.
Excessive exposure to heavy metals can lead to heavy metal poisoning and affect the normal functioning of the body.
Unfortunately, these dangerous metals can be found all around us, including our food and water.
For example, did you know that mercury can still be found in many cosmetic products, as well as our batteries and lightbulbs?
You don’t need to work in a factory or suddenly come into contact with a large amount of heavy metals to feel their unpleasant (and oftentimes dangerous) side effects.
Chronic exposure to heavy metals over time can do just as much, if not more, damage to your body.
It can cause significant damage to your organs, increase the risk of cancer, and reduce your body’s ability to handleeveryday tasks.
If you are experiencing symptoms associated with heavy metal poisoning (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain), your body could be in need of heavy metal detox.
How Cilantro Can Help Detox Mercury from Your Body
Cilantro can directly aid the chelation of heavy metals, as well as support your body during the detox process.
This herb has been shown to enhance mercury excretion following dental amalgam removal.
It has also shown potential for decreasing lead absorption in certain human and animal studies.
Further, cilantro offers a multitude of other health benefits that may be helpful during the detox process.
A small amount of cilantro (4 grams) can give you 2% of your daily Vitamin C needs and 5% of your Vitamin A needs.
In addition, cilantro contains powerful antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation, slow aging, and even inhibit the growth of cancer cells.
How to Do a Heavy Metal Detox Using Cilantro
Unless you are someone who absolutely hates cilantro, it should be relatively easy to incorporate it into your regular diet.
Cilantro makes a great addition to a variety of sauces and vinaigrettes, and can be easily added to juices and smoothies.
To store fresh cilantro at home, trim the bottom of the stems, add them to a jar with a few inches of water, and place the jar in the refrigerator.
If you want to consume a larger dose of cilantro, taking it in the form of a supplement may be easiest.
Cilantro supplements are most commonly found in the form of capsules.
While overdosing on cilantro is unlikely, we recommend that you stick to the recommended dosage shown on the packaging.
In addition, make sure to eat a healthy, balanced diet to support your body during the detox process.
Potential Side Effects of Heavy Metal Detox
Common detox side effects
During the detox process, your body is working very hard to rid itself of heavy metals and other dangerous toxins.
That’s why some of the most common side effects of a heavy metal detox include:
- Gas and bloating
- Bowel movement disruption
- Skin irritation
- Mood swings
Some people may also experience restlessness, anxiety, and even insomnia, or encounter flu-like symptoms such as low-grade fever and sinus congestion.
Most of these side effects are fairly short-lived and should not be a cause for concern.
However, if your symptoms become severe, or persist for more than a week, consider checking in with your doctor.
Cilantro-specific side effects
Some people may experience an allergic reaction to cilantro.
An allergic reaction may manifest as hives, facial swelling, and throat swelling after consuming cilantro.
The herb may also cause hives or itching after coming in contact with the skin.
Keep in mind that cilantro has moderate interactions with anticoagulant/antiplatelet drugs and photosensitizing drugs.
How to Minimize Detox Side Effects
We recommend that you always check in with your doctor before beginning any detox protocol.
They may be able to discover food allergies you did not know about or change your medications so that you can proceed with the detox protocol safely.
Finally, although it may be tempting to jump straight into your detox protocol, start slow.
Build up to your target dosage of cilantro over a few weeks and make sure to support your body with plenty of rest, hydration, and adequate nutrition during the process.
Cilantro is one of the best herbs to incorporate into your diet if you want to detox heavy metals from your body quickly.
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