There is a lot of talk these days about how to remove excess heavy metals from the body, and with good reason.
The question is what reasonable actions can you take on your own to give yourself the best chance at success?
Is something as simple as cilantro, one of the most delicious culinary herbs there is, a possible solution?
Some scientific research indicates it might be.
Which is great news for us given how cilantro is still so readily available in most places and the fat that it also comes in supplement form.
But before we go further, let’s take a quick look at the study.
Researchers from the University of Shizuoka in Japan added 0.25% of heated coriander leaf (also known as cilantro) extract to the water of male mice.
(Note: This article is posted for the sole purposes of displaying its results, not in support of the research methods. Pursuit of Great is against virtually all, if not entirely all, forms of animal research.)
Eight weeks later, they measured the concentrations of zinc, iron, copper, arsenic, and cadmium in both the liver and kidney cells of the mice.
While none of the metals were found to be decreased in the liver, they found a reduction of the concentrations of iron, arsenic, and cadmium in the kidney.
While this does not scream a one-size-fits-all solution to excess heavy metals, it is very encouraging nonetheless that a simple herb that can easily be made a part of our diets, or taken as a supplement, can have a demonstrated positive effect on the removal of excess heavy metals from the body.
Now, with all that said, here is what we don’t know:
This research was done in mice, not people. This means that while it may show the potential to have similar effects in people, it is not conclusive.
In addition, this research also does not tell us what dosage would have the ideal effect, what dosage would be too little to have an effect, or what dosage might be too high and have a negative effect.
The research also does not tell us the most ideal form or cilantro to take. Is a heated extract the most ideal form? What process of extraction yields the most ideal form? And would raw or cooked cilantro also have a positive effect, more or less so than an extract?
This should certainly be classified as preliminary research that gives hope for the future, rather than definitive research that outlines a plan of action we can all take.
The problem with the research environment today is there is rarely the kind of follow-up research done (or funded) to follow these results, see where they lead, and come up with plans or recommendations that are usable by real people.
Whether that is due to a lack of financial incentive to further study the ability of a cheap, readily available herb to positively impact our health and prevent diseases or if it is due to something else altogether, we may never see research which answers these questions.
With that in mind, always be safe about adding food or supplements to your diet. Ensure you are not allergic and that you are not eating or taking too much of anything. And most of all, be sure to speak with your licensed health care practitioner about any additions or changes you are making to your diet plan, health plan, or treatment plan to make sure they are safe for you.
While the prospect of perhaps the most delicious herb in the world positively effecting the removal of heavy metals in the body is enticing, this article is still for informational purposes only.
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