First of all, what is chelation therapy? Chelation means to remove, and chelation therapy refers to the removal of toxins and impurities from the body. Some of the specific toxins that chelation therapy aims to remove from the body are heavy metals such as mercury and aluminum. One of the most popular chelation therapies is also very inexpensive: it involves the use of cilantro, also known as Chinese parsley. Cilantro is an herb that is used as a garnish in Southeast Asian food and as an ingredient in salsa and guacamoles. If you are interested in using cilantro in chelation therapy, here are some of the guidelines you'd need to remember:
- Consume cilantro pesto. One of the best ways to take cilantro is to use it as an ingredient for pesto. Simply put a bunch of thoroughly-washed cilantro in a food processor or blender, along with two tablespoons olive oil, two garlic cloves, a dash of red pepper flakes, ¼ cup toasted nuts, a teaspoon of lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Blend all these ingredients well; you might want to add more olive oil if you'd like your sauce to be more moist. Consume this mixture with pasta or bread.
You could add this to your diet for three weeks in order to promote your chelation therapy.
- Add cilantro to your salads and soups. First of all, do know that the taste of cilantro might take some getting used to, as it adds a sharp, pungent flavor to dishes. That's why it would help to remember that cilantro has quite a number of health benefits (see number 4) that it's worth it to get yourself used to this herb's taste.
One of the easiest ways to consume more cilantro is to simply add it in raw and uncooked to your dishes. Make sure though that you thoroughly wash it first. If you would rather cook it along with your meal, you should add cilantro as the last ingredient: you could put it in the cooking pot the moment that you turn off the heat (the residual heat would be enough to cook the cilantro). This is because the nutrients in cilantro is delicate and could be steamed off if cooked to long.
- Take cilantro supplements. If you would rather take cilantro in extract form, there are also lots of options available for you. You could shop for these supplements in herbal supply stores, or through online shops such as worldclassnutrition.com, foresthealth.com, and thefind.com.
- Know the other health benefits of cilantro. Apart from chelation, other health benefits of cilantro include the following: it helps promote healthy liver function, it lowers blood sugar, it reduces the symptoms of arthritis, and increases good cholesterol levels in the body.
As cilantro is a natural herb, it is quite effective in promoting better health apart from its benefits in chelation therapy. That's why it's a good idea to increase intake of this herb as much as you can. Of course, you should do this in conjunction with a more healthful lifestyle, and make sure that your doctor knows that you are undertaking chelation therapy so that he could recommend more options to maximize this program. Good luck, and hope this helped!