EFFECTS OF HEAVY METALS ON THE BODY
High exposure and accumulation of these substances in our body can cause toxicity with extremely damaging consequences for our body, especially for our cognitive and nervous system capabilities. Thousands of studies now show that heavy metals are toxic to the body. A recent scientific study at the University of British Columbia, published on National Center for Biotechnology Information, shows that there is a close correlation between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease – mercury and brain neurodegenerative processes.
Other symptoms of an excess of heavy metals in the body are:
And more serious diseases such as breast cancer and colon cancer.
WHERE DO WE FIND HEAVY METALS?
Exposure to environmental pollutants such as “heavy metals”, lead and mercury in particular, is simply everywhere and in part cannot be avoided.
Below is a list of the most common heavy metals sources:
LEAD: water (piping), air (atmospheric pollution);
ALUMINUM: deodorizers, canned foods, air, water [industrial pollution];
CADMIO: cigarette smoke, pesticides, fertilizers;
MERCURY: air, some fish (like tuna, mackarel) dental amalgam;
PLANTS HAVE BENEFICIAL PROPERTIES THAT HELP US DETOXIFY FROM HEAVY METALS
We have seen that in nature there are ingredients with strong anti-inflammatory, detoxifying and immune stimulants properties but did you know that there are plants that have the ability to capture toxins, such as heavy metals, and help you expel them?
Let’s talk about one of my favourite plants and a versatile cooking ingredient that I can’t be without: coriander, also known as Chinese parsley.
CORIANDER IS A NATURAL MAGNET THAT HELPS US REDUCE THE BUILD UP OF POISONS AND TOXINS IN THE BODY.
In this recipe I will combine this precious ingredient with other fruits and vegetables especially selected to obtain a live juice, or in this case, a “Magnet Juice” precisely for its ability to detoxify heavy metals and attract them as a magnet.
1 handful of fresh coriander leaves
2 cm of fresh ginger root
1 medium sized apple
- Carefully wash the ingredients.
- You can peel the ginger or you can keep the peel if you want a more aromatic juice,
- The carrots should be left unpeeled.
- Finally cut the apple just before starting the juice
- Alternate the ingredients, starting with the coriander, apple and ginger. Then the carrots. This will help cleaning the extractor, as the carrots will push though the residue left inside the machine.
- Mix well the juice obtained and drink immediately, preferably in the morning before breakfast.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CORIANDER?
Coriander is an annual herb also known as Chinese parsley.
This plant is a good source of vitamins A, C, E, K, but also minerals such as calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium.
In addition, coriander, promotes liver function and intestinal motility.
Coriander contains anti-inflammatory properties. This is why it is recommended against inflammation such as arthritis.
A TOXIN MAGNET
In a study published in 2011 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, researchers studied the relationship between coriander and lead deposition in mice.
Mice receiving high levels of lead in their bodies were given cilantro doses via gastric intubation. Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA), a chelating agent, was used as a
positive control to validate the experiment.
After having undergone this procedure for 25 days, the mice were checked to detect the amount of lead in their bodies. According to scientists, the cilantro and the DMSA “have significantly decreased lead deposition in the femur and serious lesions caused by lead in the kidney “.
In addition, urinary excretion of delta-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) has been increased, so researchers concluded that the cilantro possesses “suppressive activity over the deposition of lead”.
Other studies observe the properties of cilantro to chelate other heavy metals such as mercury from the body.
A study published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences has studied 32 people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The study observed and evaluated the effects associated with the consumption of a preparation containing coriander compared to a placebo.
After eight weeks, subjects who had undergone coriander reported a remarkable reduction in symptoms of pain and abdominal swelling.