Abascal K, Yarnell E. Cilantro—culinary herb or miracle medicinal plant? Altern Complement Ther. October 2012;18(5):259-264.http://cms.herbalgram.org/herbclip/469/111244-469.html
Cilantro is purported to remove heavy metals, especially mercury, from the body; however, there is very little evidence to support this claim and much skepticism of its validity. Conversely, cilantro may reduce uptake of heavy metals if ingested during exposure and may protect the liver from some toxins. With increasing loads of heavy metals in foods, the authors suggest using cilantro especially when eating foods like fish, likely to contain mercury and other heavy metals.