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Foods That Remove Metal Toxins From the Body

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author image Joel Le Blanc
Joel Le Blanc is a professional writer for various websites. Le Blanc is currently a student at the University of Canterbury, where he studies English literature, folklore and creative writing. He holds a Diploma in Herbal Medicine and has studied massage, nutrition, bach flowers and reiki.
Foods That Remove Metal Toxins From the Body
Good food choices help protect your body from heavy metal toxins. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images

If you are concerned about heavy metals and their effect on your health, eating certain foods may help to detoxify these toxic chemicals from your body. Heavy metals found in our teeth, our homes and in our air can have long-lasting toxic effect on our organs, becoming lodged in the tissues of our liver, kidneys, hair, skin and bones. However, some whole foods protect our bodies from mercury, cadmium and lead, improving our ability to chelate and excrete them safely. Consult with your health care provider before combining natural remedies with prescription medications.

Chlorella

Foods That Remove Metal Toxins From the Body
Chlorella can be added to smoothies to make a healthy detoxifying drink. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Chlorella is a green algae rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and chlorophyll. In a study published in "Nutrition Research and Practice" by the Korean Ewha Womans University in 2009, researchers investigated the detoxifying properties of chlorella in animals given high doses of the heavy metal cadmium. Chlorella reduced the amount of cadmium that became lodged into the cellular tissues of the animals and increased the levels of cadmium that were detoxified through the urine and feces. Chlorella when taken internally can counteract the toxic and dangerous effects of heavy metals and aid in their safe excretion from the body.

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Cilantro

Foods That Remove Metal Toxins From the Body
Cilantro is an aromatic herb that can be added to stir fries, soups and salads. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Cilantro is a culinary and medicinal herb more commonly known as coriander. The leaves of the cilantro plant are rich in essential oils with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and detoxifying properties. According to Kevin Gianni, author of "High Raw," cilantro leaves have significant chelating properties, binding to heavy metals in the tissues and helping to carry them outside of the body. Cilantro can be taken as an herbal extract, a tea or consumed regularly in foods as a fresh green.

Pectin

Foods That Remove Metal Toxins From the Body
Pectin is one of the prime medicinal and detoxifying constituents of grapefruit. Photo Credit Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images

Pectin is a form of soluble fiber that is found in many fruits, including apples, pears and citrus. In a clinical trial published in "Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine" in 2008, children with high levels were given pectin supplements to test the detoxification properties of the fiber. Children given pectin had significantly lower levels of lead in the blood, and the excretion of lead through the urine increased by up to 132 percent. Eating pectin-rich fruits in the diet helps with digestion and liver health, supporting proper detoxification by binding toxins and heavy metals and carrying them out of the body.

Milk Thistle Seeds

Foods That Remove Metal Toxins From the Body
Milk thistle stimulates the regeneration of liver tissues and is a powerful antioxidant. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

Milk thistle seeds are used in Western herbal medicine as a protective and toning plant for the liver. In a study published in "The Journal of Biological Research" in 2000, researchers tested the effects of both garlic and milk thistle seeds on animals poisoned with high doses of mercury. In the animals treated with milk thistle seeds, the liver organs were protected against some of the harmful effects of the mercury. Taking milk thistle seeds as a supplement or a herbal tea helps to prevent heavy metal toxicity and supports the functional health of the liver.

Garlic

Foods That Remove Metal Toxins From the Body
Garlic is a natural antibacterial, antifungal and immune stimulant. Photo Credit NA/Photos.com/Getty Images

According to research published in "The Korean Journal of Medical Science" in 1987, garlic aids in the detoxification of heavy metals. Researchers from Korea University administered garlic to animals poisoned with heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium. Garlic protected organs from heavy metal toxicity with comparable efficacy to standard prescription drugs and aided in the excretion of cadmium through the feces and urine. Crushed garlic should be consumed fresh, uncooked to preserve its medicinal actions, or it can be taken as a dietary supplement.

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