A good friend and fellow enthusiast of wholesome and delicious foods shared a recipe a recipe for a coriander-based pesto (cilantro for my american friends) that actually acts to chelate heavy metals that has been doing the rounds on nutrition websites and blogs recently. Sounds worthy, so I wanted to pass on my own version…
The medicinal benefits of coriander were discovered through the work of Dr. Yoshiaki Omura, who found during clinical trials that the leaves of the coriander plant could accelerate the excretion of mercury, lead, and aluminum from the body. Coriander has been proven to chelate toxic metals from our bodies in a relatively short period of time. Just 2 teaspoons a day taken over 3 weeks can help rid the body of harmful heavy metals. It’s recommended to do this 3 times a year for basic health maintenance.
I make this pesto in my own home on a regular basis. It is so easy to prepare, and I love it for its health benefits, fantastic flavour and especially for its heavy metal chelating properties! Parsley can be used as a substitute if coriander is not to your taste, as it is also a very effective mercury chelator.
Combined with the amazing health benefits of the other ingredients, this recipe is a sure winner!
- 4 CLOVES GARLIC, CHOPPED (ANTI BACTERIAL, ANTI FUNGAL, ANTI MICROBIAL, A CHELATOR IN ITS OWN RIGHT)
- 1/3 CUP BRAZIL NUTS (A SOURCE OF SELENIUM)
- 1/3 CUP SUNFLOWER SEEDS (A SOURCE OF CYSTEINE)
- 1/3 CUP PUMPKIN SEEDS (A SOURCE OF ZINC AND MAGNESIUM)
- 2 CUPS PACKED FRESH CORIANDER OR PARSLEY, OR A BLEND OF BOTH (A SOURCE OF VITAMIN A)
- 2/3 CUP FLAXSEED OIL (A SOURCE OF OMEGA 3)
- 4 TABLESPOONS LEMON JUICE (A SOURCE OF VITAMIN C)
- 2 TSP DULSE POWDER (A SOURCE OF IODINE)
- SEA SALT TO TASTE
- Process the coriander and flaxseed oil in a blender until the coriander is well chopped.
- Add the garlic, nuts and seeds, dulse, and lemon juice and blend until the mixture forms a fine paste. Add a pinch of sea salt to taste and blend again.
- Presto, pesto! Store in dark glass jars if possible. It freezes well, so purchase coriander when it is in season and make enough jars to last through the year!