The most important part of systemic mercury elimination is to remove the SOURCE of mercury.
For most of us, this means having your mercury amalgams removed. People should seek a dentist who is specially trained in this area because improperly removed amalgams may result in unnecessarily high exposure to mercury. The following is a summary of the most effective chelating agents. They are discussed in more detail on other pages in the Oral Chelation section of this web site.
High doses of chlorella have been found to be very effective by German researchers for mercury elimination.(13)
Chlorella is an important part of a good systemic mercury elimination program, because approximately 90% of the mercury is eliminated through the stool. Using large doses of chlorella - chlorella is actually a food - helps fecal mercury excretion. Once the intestinal mercury burden is lowered, mercury will more readily migrate into the intestine from other body tissues from where chlorella will effectively remove it.
Dr. Omura, a Japanese researcher, discovered that cilantro could mobilize mercury and other toxic metals rapidly from the central nervous system. (14-15)
Cilantro mobilizes mercury, lead, aluminum and tin stored in the brain and the spinal cord and moves it into the connective tissues. The mechanism of action is unknown. Cilantro alone often does not remove mercury from the body. It often only displaces the metals form intracellularly or from deeper body stores to more superficial structures.
Cilantro will help mobilize mercury out of the tissue so the chlorella can bind to it and allow it to be excreted from the body. Cilantro is available in most grocery stores. I simply add mine to the vegetable juice I prepare in my juicer. My favorite source for organic cilantro in 1 pound bags is here.
MSM is organic sulfur. Adequate sulfur stores are needed to facilitate mercury's binding to sulfhydryl groups. Sulfur-containing natural substances, such as garlic and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), may also serve as effective agents to supply organic sulfur for detoxification.(16)
Mercury is eliminated through the stool mostly
Maintain 2 to 3 bowel movements per day during your mercury detoxification program. Do not attempt to fast during a mercury detoxification program. You want to make sure your protein intake is adequate.
N-Acetyl-Cysteine is currently the dietary supplement of choice for building up cysteine or conserving the body's store of Glutathione, Cysteine and other Sulfhydryl anti-oxidant resources. This is very crucial for the body's life functions, as NAC helps the body neutralize toxins, heavy metals, such as mercury from dental amalgam fillings, cadmium and lead from paint and cigarette smoke. The Sulfhydryl balance has also been linked to enhance resistance to viral infections.
NAC is a chelator of heavy metals. In other words, NAC binds to toxic heavy metals such as mercury and lead, and removes them from the body. This is a slow process, but most chelating agents, such as EDTA, are generally given intravenously. NAC is one of the most effective oral chelating agents. Taken regularly over a period of time, NAC will remove many toxic heavy metals from the body. Toxic metals can accumulate in the body over time from many sources such as drinking water and possibly even from tooth fillings made of silver-mercury amalgam. These heavy metals catalyze free-radical reactions. In other words, they initiate free-radical reactions without being used up during the reaction. So these heavy metals continue to cause free radical damage as long as they are present in the body.
NAC has been shown to antidote acetaminophen (Tylenol) poisoning, mercury poisoning, and even arsenic poisoning. Mercury is especially important because of the increasing evidence linking mercury amalgam dental fillings with the onset of degenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis. NAC chelates, i.e. "grabs" heavy metals and removes them from the body.
NAC has been shown to be a protective agent in many diseases and conditions in which free radicals play a role. This includes cancer, AIDS, cirrhosis, as well as pollution damage from smoking or other chemicals. Rats given NAC were completely protected against cigarette smoke caused DNA cross-linking.
Vitamin C is helpful for many reasons. It is a helpful supplement for mercury elimination as it will tend to mobilize mercury from intracellular stores.(17-18) Camu Camu is the best natural source of vitamin C
Zeolite is a multifaceted mineral that is used medically for an array of conditions and health challenges. The addition of a zeolite supplement in an individual’s health regime will help to:
Remove heavy metal toxicity. Balance pH. Bind and remove mycotoxins. Aid in the prevention of cancer. Act as a potent antioxidant. Trap and remove pre-virus components. Balance the immune system. Act as an anti-diarrheal. In addition, zeolite works on the body to help with: The circulatory system. Kidney function. Skin disease. Diabetes mellitus. Periodontosis. Endocrine Glands. Rheumatic disorders. Neuro-psychosis. Fungal infection. Alcoholic hangovers.
Selenium is the last one. It binds with Hg and will cause a redistribution of Hg in the body tissues and should help the excretion of Hg from the body. Take 50 micro-grams three times a day for a daily total of 150 micro-grams. Should not be taken with Vit C. Take between meals or whenever possible, 2 hours before or after you have taken Vit C.
According to the Marine Technology Society, brown seaweeds, such as kelp, contain fucoidan and algin, which have been shown to remove lead, mercury, cadmium, barium, tin and other heavy metals from tissues.20 Seaweeds also help remove radioactive isotopes from the body. Using seaweeds both as a condiment and at least several times a week as a vegetable (so that you consume a half-cup serving) is necessary for chelating action to take place.
The skin is the body's largest detoxification organ and sweating can help draw mercury from the body. Saunas are a useful adjunct to safe mercury removal because they induce copious sweating.
Zinc stimulates production of metallothionein in the body which is one way the body detoxes the effects of Hg.Take 15-30 mg per day with a meal after you have been taking GSH and B6 for 3-4 days and continue these items for an additional 3-4 days, closely observing for any changes.