Detoxing from Mercury Toxicity: Foods to Help Chelate Mercury

Do you eat a lot of fish? If you do, you do not want to miss this video…

Hey everybody and happy Monday!

I’ve got an important Motivational Monday for you today because we are talking Mercury. Not necessarily the mercury in your thermometer, but the mercury that is found in fish.

Heart disease is the number one killer in America and because of this, more and more people are turning to fish as a lean protein source for improved cardiovascular function. While this may have some advantages, it can also be harmful to your health if you are eating too much of the wrong fish.

Mercury toxicity is on the rise and the main culprit is the over-consumption of contaminated fish. Yet, unless you have a blood test to see if your mercury levels are high, you may not be aware that you could be poisoning yourself. Sure, there are symptoms associated with mercury toxicity such as fogginess in the brain and skin rashes, but these are common symptoms that may or may not be related to mercury.

If you eat a lot of fish, have many fillings in your mouth and are demonstrating symptoms that are persistent, then you may want to have your blood check to see if the culprit is mercury.

But do not fear~ A healthy adult can chelate mercury out of their system within three months and it is easy to do. It can be a delicious experience too, as there are some great foods out there that contain nutrients that help to chelate mercury from the system,

In today’s video I am going to show you the best foods to include in your diet to help you eliminate mercury. In addition, I am going to share with you one of my favorite pesto recipes that includes most of these foods so you can get yourself healthy in one delicious dish. I got the recipe from a colleague, and you will absolutely want to try this pesto.

In addition, here is a downloadable PDF which lists the best and worst fish to consume in regards to mercury. You’ll want to keep this list handy when food shopping.

Once you have watched this video, I want to hear from you!!

Have you ever been diagnosed with mercury poisoning? If so, did you have any particular symptoms that were difficult to diagnose? And how did you detox the mercury from your system? Please share your experience with our community as you may have had an experience that may benefit someone else.

As always, it is a pleasure to share information with all of you and hear your feedback. Your comments and notes make it all worthwhile~

Wishing you a great start to your week!

Cilantro Chelation Pesto

This wonderful recipe is by Colorado nutritionist Lynn Mayer, CNC


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup of Brazil nuts (selenium)
  • 1/3 cup Sunflower seeds (Zinc, Magnesium)
  • 2 cups packed with fresh cilantro (Vitamin A) – Also known as Coriander, Chinese Parsley
  • 2/3 cup flaxseed oil
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice (Vitamin C)
  • 2 tablespoons dulse powder
  • Sea salt to taste


Process the cilantro and flaxseed oil in a blender until the coriander is chopped. Add the garlic, nuts and seeds, dulse and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended into a paste. Add a pinch of sea salt to taste, and blend again. Store in dark glass jars if possible. It freezes well, so purchase cilantro in season and fill enough jars to last through the year. Cilantro has been proven to chelate toxic metals from our bodies in a relatively short period of time. Combined with the benefits of the other ingredients, this recipe is a powerful tissue cleanser. Two teaspoons of this pesto daily for three weeks is purportedly enough to increase the urinary excretion of mercury, lead, and aluminum, thus effectively removing these toxic metals from our bodies.

Simple Cilantro Pesto


  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup almonds, cashews or other nuts
  • 1 cup packed freesh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil


Put the cilantro and olive oil in blender and process until the cilantro is chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and process to a lumpy paste (you may need to add a touch of hot water and scrape the sides of the blender). You can change the consistency by altering the amount of olive oil and lemon juice, but eep the 3:1 ratio of oil to juice. (It freezes well, so you can make several batches at once.)

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28 comments on “Detoxing from Mercury Toxicity: Foods to Help Chelate Mercury

  1. AvatarMary P.

    How to freeze food in a glass jar and keep it from breaking: There are 2 ways to freeze food in a glass jar. First way is w/ dry goods. When freezing dry goods like flour, nuts, seeds, etc. you can just fill the jar w/ your dry goods, and fully cap it and store it in the freezer. When needed, just take the jar out and remove what you need and cap the jar good and back in the freezer.
    The second way is w/ wet foods like pesto, sauces soups, etc. Once the food is room temp. fill your glass jars 3/4 of the up, or no more than at least one inch from the top. When ready to store in the freezer put the cap on top and just give it a half a turn allowing the air to escape as the food freezes the food rises because it is wet, and so expansion will happen . The air needs to get to of the jar or the jar will crack. Leave the jars w/ the tops loose for about 2 to 3 days and then cap them tight and let freeze for as long as you need to. This is something I had to figure out on my own, because I did a lot of food freezing in my time. Mary P.

  2. AvatarAngela P.

    Thank you so much for posting this extremely important information and pesto recipe!! I’ve always heard how mercury was toxic to our bodies but had no idea to what extent. I’m 51 and have several amalgam fillings in my mouth, some of which have been there for over 25 years!!! I can’t help but wonder if some of my ailments are due to mercury poisoning such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, arthritis, lower back pain, numbness and tingling in my extremities, crippling tightness in feet and the list goes on. My new dentist recently replaced one of my amalgam fillings with composite. Eventually, I want to get them all replaced!

    I made the delicious cilantro chelation pesto last night and want to eat the whole jar!!! πŸ™‚ I stored it in a clear glass jar in the back of my fridge. My husband and I ate 2 teaspoons worth last night, right out of the jar! It is that good! How long will it stay fresh? I hesitated freezing some of it in glass with the worry that it would crack. I have plenty of plastic containers that I’d rather not use for this very special concoction.

    By the way, the pumpkin seeds mentioned in your video or not listed in the recipe above. I went ahead and used 1/3 cup of them as well. Also, I did not have flaxseed oil, so I used about 3-4 tbsp of ground flax seeds. Hopefully the ground flax will have the same affect as the oil, which can be very expensive and the seeds are very affordable. I also make almond flax butter using ground flaxseeds.

    Thank you so much, I look forward to your reply!

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      So glad you’re enjoying the pesto! I keep mine frozen and it can last for months like that. Just take it out a few minutes before using to let it defrost enough to spoon some out. Thanks for mentioning the pumpkin seeds…. and the ground flax is fine.
      Yay! So happy that the video made you happy πŸ™‚

      1. AvatarAngela P.

        Thanks for your reply! Just a couple things I want to clarify. (1) What type of container do you freeze your pesto in, plastic or glass? (2) How long will it stay fresh in the refrigerator? I made about 8 oz and stored it in a glass jar which, for two people, will probably last up to a week. Since I made it last night, I don’t know if it’s still ok to freeze it at this point. Thanks again!

      2. AvatarAngela P.

        Thanks for your reply! Just a couple things I want to clarify. (1) What type of container do you freeze your pesto in, plastic or glass? (2) How long will it stay fresh in the refrigerator? I made about 8 oz and stored it in a glass jar in the fridge which, for two people, will probably last up to a week. Since I made it last night, I don’t know if it’s still ok to freeze it at this point. Thanks again!

        1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

          So sorry about the delay. I didn’t get notification of your message… I freeze the pesto in glass mason jars and it stays for at least 3 months. In the fridge I’d say no more than 2 weeks. And yes, you can freeze it a couple of days after making it! So glad you enjoy it!

          1. AvatarAngela P.

            Thanks so much, Barbara! As a matter fact, I’m making another batch tonight! I already washed all the cilantro this morning. πŸ™‚ We really do love this pesto and eat it right out of the jar! Have a great afternoon!

  3. AvatarMary Kay Elloian,MBA, JD, Esq.

    Mercury toxicity is epidemic as many reel from neuo-degenerative and auto-immune diseases and have no idea why. Mercury amalgams are comprised of 50% mercury, and the mercury vapor is absorbed by the lungs and into the blood stream. Traditional doctors and dentists have no clue that this is even occurring–but biological dentists actually do. People with multiple sensitivities are the canaries in the coal mine . For recent programming with award-winning author, Dr. Mark Breiner,DDS – Author of ‘Whole-Body Dentistry’ visit

    And thank you for sharing your recipes–for a delicious way to detox and get healthy.

    Yours in truth and health,

    Mary Kay Elloian, MBA, JD, Esq.

  4. AvatarEvelyn

    Hi Barbara,

    Thank you for the video I have read years ago about cilantro being a metal detoxicifier. I changed my diet a few years ago and was consuming fish especially canned tuna fish. Recently I ordered a hair analysts test and the results showed Mercury and Tin being high. Tin was off the charts. I was astonished! Do you think that it was due to the canned tuna or what types of food would cause for Tin toxicity?
    Thank you so much!

  5. Avatarlll

    I keep seeing people recommend this pesto detox and say do it for 3 weeks. But no one writes that they’ve done it and what were the results. Did it actually work? Did it make things worse? Where’s the proof?

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      It’s used as a compliment to a detox protocol rather than a treatment. So I encourage people to include it in their diet if they have mercury toxicity as part of a larger protocol that may include supplements and other detoxification modalities. By itself it won’t fix the problem.
      Hope this helps~

  6. AvatarNoel

    Dear Barbara,
    You are indeed a blessing in this world. We deeply appreciate your life-path work, and giving nature.

    My wife and I are also on a similar path to awaken and help others, and believe life is greatly enriched through sharing and caring.

    We will be in touch.


  7. Avatarcarol

    thanks for the informative videos that you post. thanks God that I could find you Barbara. I have a question about Mercury detoxification. My dentist removed some of my filling two years ago without any protection. and I was exposed to the mercury vapor by birthing it. I still have seven more filling that want to remove them as soon as possible. I found another dentist that claims to know how to remove them safely by putting robber dam, high speed drill and giant sucking pipe machine. but he did not mention covering my nose to protect me of birthing in the vapor of the mercury. doctor as I was researching to how detoxify my body of the mercury I came up with the word chelation. then I research more and found that its expensive and should be done under intensive care of the professional. but, I don’t like to take any medications I prefer fruits and vegetables over any drug. then I came up with the Cilantro detoxification. I want to know dose Cilantro really have the power to remove this Mercury out of the body? if yes how long should I consume it to make sure that my body is clean? And if Cilantro can remove this toxic metal then why most of the professionals were only talking about certain chelation methods? Thank you

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  9. AvatarTricia

    Thanks for the video! Perfect timing as I am zoning in on health issues and recently had a few crowns and amalgams removed. My top teeth will soon be cleaned up also. I need the blood test. I am so tired of the “supplement cycle” (buy..toss out). I really want to heal with food so your simple suggestions are great and easy. I’m also drinking homemade chicken broth (organic/local) daily and basically following a combination go Paleo, GAPS, and Body Ecology diets. Best, Tricia

    1. AvatarRoots & Seeds Post author

      Oops ~ We recently switched domains and a few links were broken in the process. Thanks for the notification, I’ve fixed it now. Glad you were able to figure it out i the meantime πŸ™‚
      ~ admin

  10. AvatarNancy

    Hello again,
    It was radium-266 . Source: Your life in your hands……………by Jane Plant

  11. AvatarNancy

    Hi Barbara,
    It is always great listening to your informative videos. I just have a quick comment about brazil nuts as a source of selenium. I recently learnt from a friend that brazil nuts are usually contaminated by some radioactive substance. I think it was radium she said. Not quite certain right now. Could you check this out?


  12. AvatarJorge Mendez

    What an excellent and informative video. She subject matter could not be more timely as we have been brainwashed to eat fish as much as possible, when evidently there is a down side when you eat it too often.
    I have heard of mercury in fish, but had no idea how easyly it could build up in your system because the symptoms could be blamed to many other conditions.
    I am having a problem opening the PDF link where the list of the kinds of fish and their mercury content appear. Tried to several times but to no avail. Hope you can fix it or perhaps is my computer fault. Tell me if I am the only one having this problem.


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