Many years ago when I first got my high mercury hair and nail test results I saw this article. I read it but didn’t fully grasp the contents of it. Now in retrospect this piece from 2002 is quite good. See below.
The article explores several important detox items I have mentioned.
- Cilantro as a mercury mobilizer, however it does not get into the ingredients contained within
- Chlorella as an intestinal binder of toxins due to mucopolysaccharide membrane
- DHA Fish Oil to rebuild nerve cells
- Anti-oxidants like vitamin C and E
When I first read it I was like hmm sounds like some naturopathic stuff to me. I need real detox agents not herbs. Well it was right in retrospect and could have saved me lots of time and effort. It unfortunately does not go into why each chemical works from a chemical basis. I have elaborated upon that. It also specifies use of a cilantro extract which is totally fine as long as it contains the active ingredients. I didn’t know where to get any such compounds so I just went with raw leaf from the grocery store. Many people talk about the benefits of each without understanding the chemistry we are dealing with. Here are the technicals in my view. I do have a bio background but I am not a PhD chemist or medical researcher. I don’t know about the other compounds it mentions but the items in the list above are legitimate in my view.
Why people recommend cilantro herb for mercury detox
Why cilantro? Because it contains a molecule that contains sulfur and appears to be both fat and water soluble. That means it is capable of crossing the blood brain barrier and cell membranes to bind mercury and bring it out. It was discovered in an experiment that men who ate a Vietnamese soup excreted aluminum and heavy metals in their urine at much higher doses than before eating the soup. They narrowed the ingredient down to cilantro leaves. But what is in those leaves that does this? A study of the 50 chemicals in cilantro leaf was done by a group of scientists in Bangladesh using a mass spec instrument. That study is here. Of the 50 compounds identified only two are thiol compounds meaning chemicals that contain sulfur which mercury loves to bind with. Only one has a long fatty acid tail which would make it fat soluble like say vitamin E or A. That chemical in my view is likely gamma thiodecalactone. Cilantro is also known as coriander. Cilantro leaf also has lots of vitamin A and K. Both are fat soluble antioxidants that will help you to detox. Recall the brain is heavy in fats so the chemicals need to be fat soluble to get in. The sulfur is the business end of the molecule and the tail allows it to enter cell membranes and get out too.
Ok so we know this chemical and the antioxidants have the ability to cross fats and bind mercury. Now what? Well you need to eat those chemicals. But it’s not really that hard. Cilantro leaf is tasty and used in many Mexican, Thai, Indian and Vietnamese dishes all the time.
Go to the local grocery and a buy a bunch of fresh cilantro leaves. This should cost about two to three dollars tops. Harvest about half a cup of leaves into a cup. Now add those leaves to your meal or just plain eat them as part of a salad or on a sandwich like a Bahn Mi. Or buy such a dish from the restaurant with fresh leaves on top. Then you wait to see what you feel over the next few hours. If you don’t have mercury you will feel nothing and just get a tasty meal. However if you have mercury in the brain the chemicals in cilantro will begin to mobilize mercury. In doing you so you may feel the following.
1 . Recall memories from a long time ago in detail such as a place you lived, names of teachers, beers you drank, places you went etc. The key is stuff you would never normally think of like the name of your fifth grade teacher or professor of a class from long ago. It will just pop in your head for no reason.
2. Tingling or itching in the head or body
3. Nervousness, tension or other mercury like symptoms
After this has run its course you can take some vitamin C and E pills to help your body detox. These are both antioxidants. E is fat soluble and C is water soluble. Eat plenty of fiber like fruits and veggies to push the toxin out and drink plenty of fluids like water. You can also add some chlorella tablets to your diet to help absorb it and eliminate it. Finally some fish oil/DHA pills to repair any damage of neurons from where the mercury came from.
The Mechanism of How it Works
So basically what we are doing is moving mercury from in the brain cells where it is trapped into the body circulation where it can be gotten rid of via normal means. When mercury vapor from dental amalgam gets into the brain via the blood stream it gets bound up with sulfur containing enzymes and binding sites after oxidation and stuck there. The brain cannot get rid of it except very slowly thus the long half life of many years. The articles below show this. However in the body the half life is on the order of 90 days or less. So we are moving the mercury into the body from the brain to via a fat soluble sulfur compound to excrete it much faster. This doesn’t appear to be a true chelator but more of mobilizer but that is good enough to move it out of the brain.
Never do this with mercury amalgam dental fillings in your mouth as you don’t want to move mercury into the brain! Also wait at least six to twelve months after removal to try! The body needs to be clean first as we are moving from high to low gradient. Also this is only for low level chronic mercury poisoning. For acute poisoning you need to see a doctor ASAP.
Now if you get symptoms then what? Well it is possible you do have some residual mercury in the brain. If you have had mercury amalgam fillings in the past this is likely the case as we see from the autopsy study below. The next step then is to keep adding some cilantro to your meals every few days or once a week until you don’t feel the impacts any longer as it has been moved out. Make sense? This could take several months. Go slowly at first. Maybe on weekends when you don’t have to work. My view is to move it out and get rid of it given the connection to Alzheimers. Don’t engage in any other chelation therapy. Keep it natural and safe. Let your body do that work after you move it out of the brain. At worst you will get some tasty meals with the cilantro/ corriander if it doesn’t work. Or you can just buy meals that have it fresh cilantro in it like a bahn mi or on tacos. At best you will get rid of any residual mercury in the brain and in more deeply stored tissues. There are also people that sell tinctures made with cilantro leaves that should also work too but my method is to buy fresh leaves and add them to food. This is inexpensive . Go with fresh instead of cooked as you don’t want to cook the active ingredient.
Why half a cup of leaves? That seems like a lot. Yes, but keep in mind the chemical we likely need is only 0.16% per the study of the leaves per the study. So if you eat only one leaf you get very little. You need a solid handful to get enough to see any impacts. One thing that studies miss is that they don’t focus on the thio compounds meaning sulfur compounds in cilantro focussing on the other organics that don’t have binding capability. Charged inorganic mercury is Hg +2. We need a minus -2 to bind to it thus S -2 sulfur or Se -2 (selenium). Think of it this way. If you want to bind iron you will need a magnet not a piece of wood or brick. Of course you don’t see results if the doses are low. You need higher doses to get enough of the active compound to do the job. They also look for the mercury in urine but most is removed via the bowels which is how the liver gets rid of fat soluble things via the bile. Recall mercury is fat soluble. I hope this makes sense. One just needs to think about things a bit.
I have done this myself with the leaves working my way up to a full cup eaten with potato chips. I used to avoid cilantro because of the way it made me feel off even ten years after I had my amalgam fillings taken out. At that point I should have been 100% clean but the brain was not due to long half life. I removed cilantro off my bahn mi sandswich and tacos at work for example. After doing some research I saw what was really going on. Along the way I recalled memories and the impact of the cilantro became less over time. I merely added it to meals every five days or so on weekends for a few months, took the antioxidants and fish oil. My guess is once the mercury is moved out of the synapse the brain connection is restored so the memory is experienced again. Then it will fade but not go away just like any other normal memory. The chemical is likely also moving mercury out from other areas of the brain not involved in memory but that is harder to tell. I do recommend you pair it with chlorella tablets afterward to help flush out any mercury that gets into the blood and prevent reabsorbtion. These are normally about $15 per bottle. NOW brand chlorella seems to be good based on personal experience. I bought it off ebay but your local health food store may also carry it. Also supplement with selenium yeast 100 micro grams as selenium is component of several detox enzymes. Mercury loves selenium binding even more than to sulfur.
There is reason people recommend cilantro for mercury detox and many tinctures and chelation agents have it. This is the reason with the chemical theory to back it up. This is just my theory but it seems to work . Do your own research if you want. There are real medical chelators out there used for acute poisoning like DMSA but you should not mess with them without a doctor. I am not sure they can penetrate the brain though as they don’t look fat soluble. Whatever is in cilantro seems to be.
The number one thing is prevention to exposure. Do not get mercury amalgam dental fillings! The give off mercury vapor which you breate and then some of that vapor gets oxidized and trapped in your brain.
If you have them my advice is get them changed out with some other material.
Supporting Articles in PDF form for you reading pleasure
Chemical composition of cilantro/corriander
Retention of mercury in the brain autopsy studies