I recently read that cilantro may help the body detoxify from heavy metals. I don’t know if it’s really true or not, but Xy and I both like cilantro, so we’ve been on a bit of a cilantro kick lately. I fixed a creolized risotto in a cilantro reduction the other day, and last night we had cilantro-turkey tacos with lime. If anybody has any favorite recipes that feature cilantro (or coriander, which is from the same plant) please feel free to share them.
Of course, the more I poke around looking for information, the more muddled this gets. Cilantro couldn’t do any actual harm, could it? According to some sources, cilantro merely mobilizes the heavy metals — gets them out of tissues and into the bloodstream. If that’s true, it could actually raise your blood lead level. If those metals are not excreted, they could simply be reabsorbed into the body, so some people recommend consuming an agent such as chlorella (a type of algae) that supposedly will bind with the metals and get them out of the body.
The lack of peer-reviewed science on this subject makes me nervous.