Fibromyalgia Pain Relief Tip #26: Protect Your Immune System from Heavy Metals with Cilantro
We are all exposed to heavy metals in different ways either through our food, water, vaccines or the air we breathe. Metal toxicity can cause symptoms such as headache, nausea, brain fog, pain etc. Recent studies found that even dental amalgam fillings in our teeth can emit low levels of mercury vapor with can lead to chronic ailments and pain. Another study done in 2013 found metal allergens present in all fibromyalgia participants of the study and reducing metal exposure in most metal-sensitized participants helped to increase health-related quality of life.
Cilantro, leaf of Coriandrum sativum, is an excellent natural chelator. Chelators are detoxifying agents which help to remove heavy metals like aluminium, cadmium, lead and mercury from the body. Including cilantro in your diet can hence help to reduce metal allergens in your body which are harming your immune system and causing inflammations. Other than being an effective chelator, cilantro is also rich in many antioxidants, phytonutrients, minerals and vitamins. Just a 100g of cilantro can provide 45% of daily required levels of vitamin C, 225% of daily required levels of vitamin A and 258% of daily required levels of vitamin K.
The flavorful culinary herb can be easily added into soups, salads and dips like guacamole or salsa. It can also be blended into your juice or smoothie.