Cilantro Detox Juice

This Cilantro Detox Juice is packed with cilantro, a super food full of healing properties and incredible phytonutrients. Cilantro chelates heavy metals from the body, which is important since I have the MTHFR genetic mutation which can impair detoxification. I began drinking a quart of this green juice every day when I was diagnosed with heavy metal toxicity in 2004. Rather than doing medical chelation, which I thought would be too hard on my body, my doctor suggested that I eat cilantro. Since I wasn’t sure how to consume an entire bunch of cilantro each day, I juiced it.

Cilantro also helps build healthy skin and hair, and reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes. It 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.

For this healthy juice recipe, I use all of the cilantro, both leaves and stems. I also do this for cooking because it stretches my food dollars, and reduces prep work and food waste. The stems of cilantro taste every bit as good as the leaves!

Cilantro Detox Juice

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  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 fingers ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 3 large cucumbers


  • Push cilantro through juicer
  • One at a time, push ginger, lemon, and lime through juicer
  • Push cucumbers through juicer
  • Serve
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
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When it comes to juicing some people worry about losing the fiber. If that concerns you, blend your veggies in a high-speed blender such as a vitamix or blendtec. I haven’t tried that, so I’m not sure if it will taste as good as my Cilantro Detox Juice.

I get plenty of fiber since I eat many servings of vegetables each day. For me, juicing is like taking a supplement. Juice is not a whole food, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t extremely healthy. Pushing super foods through the juicer gives me extra micronutrients that my digestive system would not have space for. Because our soil is depleted, even organic food has diminished nutritional value. Juicing is my insurance, it may not be for everyone, but it’s perfect for me.

When I make my Cilantro Detox Juice I leave the skin on the produce. I use a Breville juicer and the company advised me not to push unpeeled citrus through it. You may decrease the lifespan of your juicer if you do this. Still, I leave the skins on, as I want all of the bioflavonoids found in the citrus skin.

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

This post is an oldie but goodie from the archives, I first published this recipe in January 2015.

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165 responses to “Cilantro Detox Juice”

  1. Hey there, so this is my first time juicing and my juicer made more of a chunky smoothie consistency. Do you have any suggestions on how to make it more drinkable?

  2. “…When it comes to juicing some people worry about losing the fiber..” I find this so infuriating when people comment on this about my juice. There is a thing called soluble fibre! it’s brilliant for people like me who cannot digest insoluble fibre. Anyone worried about lack of fibre should try juicing for a few days and then report back. Seriously your gut will not miss insoluble fibre!

  3. Elana, I know there is no fruit in here, but it’s still sugar…
    Would you consider this a KETO juice?

  4. Thx Elana – I love reading your MS posts – so helpful! I have RRMS and have just started taking a Lyme protocol. Have you ever looked into or completed any Lyme treatments?

  5. Thanks Elana. Your recipe sounds like a great spicy alternative to my current heavy metal detox smoothie I make using a Nutribullet. I use a cup to 1.25 cups of cilantro, a cup of frozen wild blueberries, a teaspoon each of spirulina and barley grass juice powder, atlantic dulse, about half of a medium banana, water and coconut water. This recipe tastes good without tasting overly sweet.

    The Breville juicer is an excellent choice and I plan to get one once my decade old Omega 803 juicer kicks the bucket.

  6. Hi Elana, thank you for your informative posts. They educate and motivate too. I live in Europe and we don’t have cilantro, just coriander seeds. Do you know if the seeds can detoxify heavy metals as well? During my life I worked about 10 years in an industrial environment with exposure to many chemicals including metals. It would be helpful to clear that as much as possible. Thank you for your answer. Kin regards, Klara

    • Klara, thanks for your comment! I would recommend going to an Asian market to find cilantro. It may be called coriander in Europe, but it will be a leafy green, not a seed :-)

  7. I was diagnosed with mercury poisoning. The Detox green juice sounds perfect for me however I heard that you need to use Chlorella along with the Cilantro because it aids in ridding the mercury once it binds to the cilantro. Have you heard this? My question is how much Chlorella and do you think it could be added to the Detox cilantro Green juice?
    Thank you.

    • Lisa, I had mercury toxicity and used this green juice and chlorella to chelate the heavy metals out of me. They work very well together. How much you take would depend on your mercury levels and would be best to discuss with a functional medicine practitioner :-)

    • Sorry to intrude, I have a question, when you were diagnosed with mercury poison , did the doctor ask about if you have ( metal tooth filling) ? If so, did he recommend you to remove the filling and replace it with ceramic or another type of filling without any heavy metals in it?

  8. Hi there, About How long can I expect toxic level’s in my body to reach a level thats low enough for healing to begin, in terms of months???regards from South Africa, anybody running the Comrades marathon?, See you on the 4th of June, blessing all my christian American bro’s & Sisters?

    • Hi Jeffrey, thanks for your comment. That would really depend upon how high your heavy metals are to start. I would recommend getting those levels tested by a functional medicine practitioner in your area. Best of luck in the marathon :-)

  9. May I please ask, do you have any amalgam fillings?

    I was wondering whether it is safe to drink juiced cilantro if one does have amalgam fillings?

  10. You are amazing – and your knowledge and cooking skills are exceptional – I too have the mthfr mutation and issues with heavy metals. I will start drinking this to see if it helps. Have you posted other things that have helped you?

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