Cilantro helps to remove mercury and other heavy metals from the body in combination with other dietary supplements such as chlorella and other chlorophyll-containing herbs such as nettles and alfalfa. Essentially, these herbs aid in detoxifying by denaturing the toxins, protecting and restoring normal cellular functions while promoting elimination.1-12
In studies at the Heart Disease Foundation (New York), Omura et al. (1995; 1996) found that antibiotics used to treat infection were not effective in the presence of heavy metals such as mercury and lead. These metals appeared to coexist with infections such as Chlamydia trachomatis and Herpes simplex, as well as with cytomegalovirus and other microorganisms, including viruses responsible for cancer. Even with rigorous treatment and taking precautions to guard against reinfection, patients often had a recurrence of infection within several months after treatment was completed. However, quite by chance (after eating soup containing cilantro) and as the result of his own experience following a cardiac thallium study, Omura found that cilantro successfully eliminated mercury deposits (mercury resulted as a decay product of thallium). Omura et al. (1995) then gave subjects a course of either antibiotics or antiviral drugs along with cilantro. The amount of cilantro varied by individual because some subjects did not like either cooked or raw cilantro, but the researchers found that cilantro worked synergistically with antibiotic drugs and rapidly reduced symptoms and infection. They also found that cilantro accelerated the elimination of mercury, lead, and aluminum through the urine. They hypothesized that certain infectious organisms somehow use mercury or lead to protect themselves from antibiotics or that deposits of heavy metals somehow make antibiotics ineffective.
The next year, the same researchers (1996) investigated the potential health hazard of mercury in dental amalgam. In this case study, they monitored a patient who was having amalgam fillings removed. Even though considerable care was used so that the patient would not swallow minute particles of amalgam during the removal process (drilling), significant deposits of mercury were still found in the patient’s lungs, kidneys, liver, and heart. These deposits were not present prior to the amalgam removal. However, the mercury deposits were eliminated by taking oral cilantro four times a day. Omura et al. (1996) initiated cilantro detoxification treatment before the removal procedure and continued it for about 2-3 weeks afterward.
A researcher named Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, using bioenergetic measures, discovered that some patients excreted more toxic metals after consuming a Chinese soup containing cilantro. Cilantro is the leafy part of a common herb whose seed, coriander, is a familiar culinary spice.
Cilantro has a health-supporting reputation that is high on the list of the healing spices. Cilantro has been well-researched and has been found to have the following benefits: Blood sugar lowering properties.13
Anti-inflammatory properties – contains flavonoids include quercitin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, and epigenin.
Free radical scavenger and prevents lipid peroxidation14-15 Antimicrobial properties due to its rich volatile oils such as carvone, geraniol, limonene, borneol, camphor, elemol, and linalool. Research by Mexican and US researchers has isolated the compound dodecanal – which laboratory tests showed is twice as effective as the antibiotic gentamicin at killing Salmonella.16-17
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