Cilantro Detox Juice

Cilantro Detox Juice

This Cilantro Detox Juice is packed with loads of cilantro, a super food full of healing properties and incredible phytonutrients. In addition to chelating heavy metals from the body, cilantro helps to build healthy skin and hair, and reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Cilantro also contains antimicrobial properties, which is likely why it’s been widely used in cooking for cultures in warmer climates, prior to the development of refrigeration.

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice that I post photos of my healthy green juice. I’m often asked for the recipe, which is why I’m sharing my Cilantro Detox Juice. I drink a quart of this green juice every day. I began this ritual of daily juicing in 2004 when I was diagnosed with heavy metal toxicity. Rather than doing medical chelation, which my doctor and I thought would be too hard on my body, he suggested that I eat large amounts of cilantro, which has chelating properties. Since I wasn’t sure how I would consume an entire bunch of cilantro each day, I decided to start juicing it.

For this healthy juice recipe, I use all of the cilantro (leaves and stems). I have made this a regular practice in both juicing and cooking as I find this stretches my food dollars, and reduces both prep work and food waste. I also find that the stems of cilantro taste every bit as good as the leaves! Here’s my special Cilantro Detox Juice recipe. I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me.

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Cilantro Detox Juice
Serves:about 1 quart
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 fingers ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 3 large cucumbers
  1. Push cilantro through juicer
  2. One at a time, push ginger, lemon, and lime through juicer
  3. Push cucumbers through juicer
  4. Serve

When it comes to juicing some people worry about losing the fiber from the vegetables. If that is your concern you may wish to blend your veggies in a high-speed blender such as a vitamix or blendtec, I haven’t tried that though, so not sure if it will taste as good as the Cilantro Detox Juice.

I eat many servings of vegetables each day, far more than the USDA recommended 2.5 cups, so I get plenty of fiber and that is not a concern for me when it comes to juicing. We munch on chopped vegetables before dinner, typically cucumbers, celery, yellow and orange peppers, and different types of radishes. I eat salad or cooked vegetables with each meal, and often snack on homemade kale chips. Since I eat a lot of vegetables, I have loads of fiber in my diet.

Then why do I juice? For me juicing is a supplement, similar to taking a vitamin. Juice is not a whole food, but that does not mean it isn’t extremely healthy. Pushing super foods through the juicer gives me an extra supply of micronutrients that my digestive system would not have the space to process given all of the other vegetables that I eat each day. Additionally, because we live in a society where our soil is depleted, the food that is grown in it can have diminished nutritional value, even when organic. For this reason, I think it’s important for me to go above and beyond the 2.5 cups of vegetables per day that the USDA recommends we consume. Juicing helps me far exceed this. Juicing may not be for everyone, we’re all different, but it is perfect for me!

This Cilantro Detox Juice has dramatically lowered my heavy metal burden and keeps my liver enzymes at very healthy levels. I feel fabulous after I drink it! I’m not sure why, but I get completely energized after downing my quart of juice each day. This drink is a natural mood booster for me.

When making this juice I leave the skins of the limes, lemons, ginger, and cucumbers on, I do not remove them. I use a Breville juicer and when I spoke to the company, they advised me not to push unpeeled citrus through it as the juicer is not made for this. You may decrease the lifespan of your juicer, or it may break if you do this. My juicer seems to “jump” a little each time I push unpeeled citrus through it, though I still leave the skins on, as I want all of the bioflavnoids found in the citrus skin.

I love my Cilantro Detox Juice, however, if you are looking to add a bit of variety to your juicing regimen try these juices too!


  1. karen says

    hi, i am allergic to cilantro, i get mouth sores from it (fyi, so does my dad), any alternative herb suggestions (yes know about parsley too) to use instead of cilantro since clearing heavy metals makes sense.
    I also have severe asymptomatic osteoporosis. i am trim like you and fit and now don’t take drugs since when i did take drugs for osteo for just 2 months i started to grow a chest bone spur. From your research any suggestions for osteo care that you may like to share since also autoimmune?


    • Elana says

      Hi Karen, thanks for your comment. I’m not sure about other green herbs and veggies that chelate heavy metals out of the body that you can use as a substitute for cilantro in this juice. If you do find them please stop back by and let us know :-)

      • Heidi Wingerd says

        The Medical Medium has written (today, in fact) that Hawaiian Spirulina and Barley Grass Juice Powder are powerful greens that pull heavy metals from the system, in addition to cilantro. Wild Blueberries are also good for this. He has a smoothie recipe that incorporates it all. I can forward today’s email to you if you like.

  2. Sheila Perl says

    We made the green lemonade and really liked it!
    I have not heard of the measurement of ginger as a finger , can anyone tell me how much ginger that is? Thank you !

  3. Judith Fine-Sarchielli says

    It is essential to tell people that the cilantro must be organic. Cilantro pulls up all the toxins from the earth and we don’t want to eat them. Organic is best.

    • Elana says

      Margaret, I did not drink this while breastfeeding so not sure. Probably best to speak with your medical practitioner regarding this matter.

  4. Colleen U says

    Thanks for the recipe Elana — looks good. Started juicing a year ago with blender. Love green juices. I am 62 and started chemo today for lymphoma — I thought I would try this as part of my detox program along with lots of water and herbal tea to get the hardcore stuff out of my body.. You look SO HEALTHY! Hopefully I’ll get mine back too. I like the ingredients as there aren’t alot – and easy to make. IF you have any other detox suggestions I would like them. thanks.

    • Anthony P Fussell MBA says

      Dear Elana,
      Thank you for your service and recipes. I started to use Coriander ( English for Cellantro) a few years ago and take it as a juice regularly. I also use it in salads and cooking. After seeing some recipes on YouTube a few days ago I prepared quite a strong juicing with Cellantro, ginger, mint and orange juice. I repeated it several hours later.
      I found that the result I had was fever symptoms and right arm and back pain again that continued for several hours. I continued to drink fairly large quantities of water and two Panadol pain reduction tablets to get rid of the pain. After I had taken a few teaspoons of honey and the water for about three hours the pain did subside. I tried one more time and the fever and pain became more intense and I did not continue with the juicing.
      Does this mean please that toxic metals are very high in my system? I eat tuna, fish salmon and seafood here in Hong Kong as a regular part of my diet. I feel that I should continue with my Cellantro which has served me well over the years but I do not wants to dod so if I have such symptoms. Anthony

      • Elana says

        Hi Anthony, thanks for your comment! I just finished drinking a big cup of this juice and I love it. I would recommend speaking to your doctor about these symptoms, and I encourage you to get a blood test for heavy metals. That will give you a lot of information about how to proceed. I hope you’ll write back and keep me up-to-date. xoxox

        • Kate says

          I was told blood tests are not a good measure for heavy metal toxicity. I was told I needed to get a hair analysis done if I wanted the most accurate reading of my health. This practitioner used copper as an example, saying blood copper levels can look fine but a hair analysis would show the levels to be sky high. Any thoughts?

          • Elana says

            Kate, yes, when I was suffering from heavy metal toxicity we needed precise numbers and we used a variety of tests to check levels. The blood tests are only a gross gauge of where things stand.

  5. Josh says


    Thank you for a lovely article.

    I’m confused though. If the Cilantro is a powerful chelating agent why hasn’t it cured your heavy metal toxicity? Why do you still need to drink it?

    I only ask as I want to get to the root of my health problems rather than manage symptoms.

    I hope you can share some insight.

    Kind regards,


    • Elana says

      Hi Josh, you’re welcome! I no longer suffer from heavy metal toxicity and my doctor and I think it is because I drink this green juice. Unfortunately, my body has impaired detoxification pathways so it is important for me to stay on top of that with an extra boost like this juice. Sadly, heavy metals are in many of our food sources such as fish, so we are continually ingesting them. I hope this helps in your quest to get to the root of your health issues!

  6. Aditi Sawant says

    Hi…when is the best time to have this juice? Is it better to have empty stomach or after meal in night? Kindly help to know?

  7. Ryan Williams says

    I was on a hunt for a detox cleanse that was inexpensive (as parsley isn’t cheap!) and discovered your blog. I reduced the ingredients to what I actually had on hand it it turned out really good!

    *Half of an English Cucumber (sliced)
    *1/25 of a bunch of Cilantro (rough chopped)
    * 1 lime

    The color turned out amazing from the cilantro, but also by leaving the nutrient beneficial skin of the cucumber on. The addition of the lime gave it a nice light and refreshing finish. This is easy to drink, it smells amazing and I cannot wait to see how it makes me feel everyday moving forward.

    *I think using cold brewed green tea would be an added benefit to substitute for water as well.

    I read the comments regarding a diet for individuals with MS. My mom, who was diagnosed late in life with MS found that eating raw, hulled sesame seeds as part of her daily protein in drinks and on salads drastically improved her digestion, but how she felt. I have started incorporating them in my regular diet as well as chia seeds (I soak the chia seeds prior to using them) to helm my body cleanse waste. I have always had a difficult time with my digestion processing foods…and now I am seeing this amazing and positive change to my body and my energy level because I am able to clean out the “slug” that I couldn’t before. It has dramatically changed my ability to focus during the day and that’s a powerful thing.

    • Elana says

      Hi Klaudia, I have used this recipe for juice fasts and it helped me to both detox and lose a couple of pounds, but that may have been the fasting and calorie restriction, more than the juice. If you try it please let us know how it goes.

  8. Lindsay says

    Hi elana!
    I am wondering if this juice is ok if you are dealing with gut yeast overgrowth? I know that say to avoid juicing when you are trying to get rid of yeast but this seems like it should be ok…no fruit involved…? Any thoughts?
    Thank you!

    • Elana says

      Hi Lindsay, I drank this juice when on a candida diet, however, everybody is different so it may or may not work for others :-)

  9. erin says

    You know my brother has been using this detox method. He keeps telling me to try it! I think I just might.

  10. Christie says

    From what I have read, cilantro mobilizes heavy metal in the body but does not help eliminate them, and it is important to also eat something that will bind the heavy metals and carry them out of the body. Chlorella is often recommended to take with cilantro for this reason. Bentonite clay is another supplement that is recommended for the same reason. Do you take either of these when you drink your cilantro? What do you recommend?

      • Elana says

        Hi Christie and Janeta, I haven’t had any trouble with mobilizing heavy metals and not excreting them. My heavy metals are checked quarterly and my doctor said they are some of the lowest he’s seen. Everybody’s different though, so this may be a valid concern for some people.

  11. Lisa says

    Could I throw this all in a nutribullet? That’s what I have for blending at the moment. Maybe not the rinds though?

      • Cindy Fraser says

        Ok I did this in my nutri Ninja and I wish I had peeled the lemon and lime because it’s very bitter. Does the juicer retain back the skins so it’s not so bitter? I’ll have to get one. I also added celery, kelp, blueberries and honey and I’m forcing it down. Hopefully I won’t get heartburn. I too have heavy metals from silicone breast implants in for 9 years before I found out how toxic they are and and mercury amalgams which all have all been safely removed.

        • Elana says

          Hi Cindy, I haven’t ever tried making this in a blender so not sure how that would affect the results. When I make it in my juicer it’s not bitter at all :-)

      • Kristina Reynolds-Haney says

        Did you ever get an answer to your question? If not, I’ll try to help. Do you live in the U.S.A.? If so, you can find the “Oh SOOO FABULOUS Cilanto in the Produce Department of you local grocery store. Cilantro has another name: Coriander! Silly, I know! The section of Cilantro is usually placed next to the Parsley. Don’t get confused! There are usually 2 types of Parsley: Italian Flat Leaf Parsley and Curly Leaf Parsley (the kind you usually find as a garnish lying on the side of your plate). The Curly Leaf variety is still edible. Then, next to these beauties, your requested Cilantro (Coriander) will be located! All of these green leafy herbs look VERY similar! If perhaps, these are not labeled (or you’re just not sure) the “True Blue” way to distinguish Cilantro from the others is . . . to SMELL them! Cilantro has a VERY intense, aromatic, fragrance to it, MUCH diferent than the VERY mild Parsley! I hope this helps! Good luck! You may even want to try your hand at growing Cilantro (Coriander)in pots inside your home! I do! I LOVE it!
        Have a GREAT day!


  12. says

    Very interesting re: the chelating effects of cilantro. I will definitely be looking into that as a gentler approach to overcoming heavy metal toxicity. Amazing suggestion and great recipe to get started with. I too would be very stumped about how to pack my diet with cilantro!

  13. Beth says

    Thank you so much for helping our family stay healthy, one delicous recipe at a time! My children are now away at college, hate the food, and love to come home to your chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and soups. My daughter will soon be moving in to her own apartment and will be using your blog and your recipe books I will be purchasing for her as her house warming present. SHE WILL BE THRILLED. I can’t begin to tell you as a mama how deeply grateful I am to you. Anyway, I do have a question..You said you drink a quart of this a day. Does this recipe make one quart? Thank you again so much! May God Richly Bless You Always!

  14. Jen says

    I love juice, but have recently been enjoying green soup made in a vitamix. Very easy, satisfying and warm in winter. I use romaine, cilantro, celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, some spirulina, kelp powder, hand full of hemp seeds and/or cashews, add some hot water, healthy salt and some herbs like oregano, garlic powder, etc, other seasoning you enjoy. And a splash of evoo. Blender up until its’ smoooth and steaming and you have a healthy healing detoxinfying soup! Love it so much I had to share.

    • Jen says

      Also add a spring onion and some avocado. Maybe other people already do quick soups like this, but it’s new for me and has been a big discovery. Excuse the typos above. Just was happy to share this. Love the juice recipe and information. Thank you Elana, warm wishes…

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