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”

    • Gwen, when I use this juice every day I find that my mercury levels drop. Haven’t had other side effects but everyone is different :-)

  1. Hey such an informative article. Thank you for sharing your views. Recently I was feeling indigestion and some other stomach problems, does cilantro help with it and also is it a good remedy for estrogen dominance and hormonal imbalance in Male?

    • Sameir, you ask such fantastic questions! I’ve used cilantro for chelating heavy metals such as mercury out of my body, have not done research on estrogen dominance, though I have family members (male) that take zinc since it may be a good aromatase inhibitor :-)

  2. Hi elana, do you recommend this drink to a breastfeeding mom to cleanse a baby after getting vaccines, since bby is getting all these heavy metals injected and cant take the drinks herself? Maybe my breastmilk will contain something in it after drinking this?

    • Maria, thanks for your comment! I’m not a doctor, nor have I read or conducted studies on this. Best to consult with your functional medicine practitioner.

  3. Hello Elena, is this ok to drink if you don’t have any ailments?
    I’m looking for something to help with bloating and a health professional told me that cilantro is the newest thing for it.

    • Hi Elana,
      Giovanni here again. …I have been taking the cilantro detox juice for a month now. ..but from yesterday I had a migraine …and up to today I have some headaches. this a side effect of the detox juice and if so what should I do because I don’t want to stop until I get free from mercury…and how long do you think it will take for me to start healing coz the mercury in my body was very high. ….hoping that I can get a solution to migrane and headaches. ..looking forward to hear from you …

      Thanks Elana.’re always useful

  4. I have been diagnosed with excess mercury. ..and my joints nerves are giving me problems. ..a lot of pain. and am very weak…..I would like to know how to measure. ..All the ingredients I need and what’s the best time to take. many times a day

    thanks for your help

    • Afnan, it worked for me but we’re all biochemical individuals so your case may be different. I also eliminated fish that are high in heavy metals such as tuna and sword fish which helped as well :-)

  5. Thank you for posting this. I get an extremely horrible hive out break once a year . It began after I started having children . After giving Birth to first child. I think it’s hormone related , doctors are little help . I noticed one episode after I conceived my daughter, we were keeping track of my cycle and days we tried to conceive and it happened after the egg dropped. (days after success ). Definitely hormones playing maybe with something In my stomach -Not sure. 10 years I’ve suffered . It’s disfiguring , the skin fills with water underneath too . I look like Mickie Rourke…horrible , can’t leave house and all itchy. The hives grow large and connect it’s called “dinner plates” to form one huge hive. First time I needed to go to ER, for drip and meds. Now I get steroids which I despise, and the hydrozine for itch, makes me fall asleep -Not good when I have little ones to care for. My husbands friends mother had stomach issues and tried a similar recipe of this drink . They sent it to us , I tried it and It did knock out the hives . Don’t know how but it was a God send. Doesn’t taste good but did job. For some reason I lost the recipe and came online to look for anything similar and came here . Our recipe had celery and apple cider vinegar , only difference. There is also many new things in our food system , GMOs and agents in our foods. I hate what’s going on with the spraying of the crops . Just evil . This is not good for us either -Thanks again , take care.

    • Jean, thanks so much for sharing your story here, it sounds like you’ve had a very challenging journey. I’m so happy that this green juice is helping! Please keep me posted on how you’re doing :-)

  6. Elena, with the MTHFR gene, would you recommend any particular detoxes and should you do them in any particular order? And is it better to do a gradual detox in order to prevent too many “die off” symptoms? I’ve read that a colon cleanse should be first, then liver and gallbladder, followed by heavy metal cleanse, parasite and candida. Your thoughts?

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