Since I have more than a few mercury fillings as a result of my insistence as a child to use my entire allowance on candy bars, I decided to research some ways to decrease the toxicity of mercury. The idea is that mercury can get into your bloodstream and also into your brain. Often dentists will recommend that amalgam fillings be removed, but this is costly and can also release more of the toxic vapors from the mercury.
Chelation is the process of removing the toxic metals from your system and blood stream. One alternative chelation method that is reported to work is through the use of cilantro, which can be used in either a tincture or a cilantro-based pesto.
I tried the recipe below with a substitution of pine nuts. Vegans can substitute the parmesan for Parma, which was recommended on the site where I saw the recipe.
In my opinion, the Cilantro Pesto wasn’t quite as good as a Basil-based pesto, but had the added bonus of tasting good with Mexican food. I recommend using it with pasta or added a couple of tablespoons on your burritos or tacos.
Here is the recipe for Cilantro Pesto. Keep in mind that 2-3 Tablespoons a day are recommended for the cilantro chelation therapy effects to take place.
- 2 cups loosely packed cilantro leaves (stems removed)
- 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
- 2 tablespoons Parma (or homemade vegan parmesan)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 cloves garlic?2-4 teaspoons water (depending on desired consistency)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Blend all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. Use more or less water to get the thickness you desire.