What to do if you’ve been poisoned by mercury from whitening creams

The first thing to remember is: Don’t Panic

While it can be a long and slow process, it is very possible to remove mercury from your body.

If you suspect that you’ve been poisoned by mercury, there are two routes you can take. The first is to see a specialist, who will test you for mercury levels and then put you on chelation therapy if you need it. This will involve the use of chelation agents such as DMSA in a medical facility.

The other option is to try to slowly remove the mercury in your body yourself with natural ingredients. Keep in mind that mercury removal can be strenuous on the body as mercury will be released from your tissues and into your bloodstream before it can be carried out. Because of this “re-introduction of mercury” during the chelating process, it is much safer and better to do this slowly.

Three things you can do to remove mercury (mercury chelation)

1) Add fresh cilantro to your diet (also called Chinese parsley)

You can do this in several ways:

  • You can take cilantro by adding it to fresh juices (easy to do if you have a masticating juicer that can take leaves)
  • Eat the cilantro leaves whole and raw (might be a bit pungent for some)
  • You can also add the leaves to some hot water or hot tea to steep and infuse.
  • Enjoy them in cooked dishes. For example, many Asian (especially Vietnamese) dishes like pho bo contain fresh cilantro. Look for your favorite recipes or dishes. If dining out, ask if the cook can add more cilantro.

Unlike other herbs, cilantro is very effective in chelating mercury from the brain and central nervous system. This is especially helpful if you feel you have symptoms from mercury poisoning such as a lack of coordination, excessive anxiety, nervousness and memory loss (mental fogginess/forgetfulness).

Cilantro not only removes mercury but other toxic heavy metals as well.

Note: Unfortunately, a small number of people find the taste of cilantro intolerable. For example, they may complain that cilantro tastes “soapy”. If you’re one of them, know that this might be inherited (genetic) so it’s best to try other methods to chelate mercury instead of forcing yourself to have cilantro.

2) Eat fresh garlic

Garlic is an amazing and powerful herb. It is able to bind to mercury and remove it from the soft tissues as it contains many sulphur components which oxidize mercury, making it water-soluble and easy for the body to remove.

Garlic also contains selenium, which is an important mineral that protects us from mercury toxicity by binding with mercury. The selenium from garlic binds itself to mercury, making it difficult for the mercury to be absorbed by our tissues. You can see why garlic is especially valuable if you think you’ve been poisoned.

Take garlic raw or lightly cooked for the maximum effect. Garlic pills can do very little, despite marketing claims otherwise. Similarly, it’s also much less effective to take selenium pills. This is because selenium needs to be bio-available to make a difference and few selenium supplements are.

  • One clove of garlic a day will help. If you have trouble eating garlic raw, cut it into small pieces so that they can be swallowed with some water. Taking garlic this way minimizes the taste, which can be powerful.
  • You can also take garlic in a tea. Chop up a few cloves and add them to a cup of hot water to steep. Drink the water as it cools. Do not take when your stomach is empty.

3) Eat more raw fruits and vegetables (raw food diet)

This one may be the most difficult to do. However, if you can achieve a more raw food diet, fresh fruits and vegetables are effective in removing mercury and other toxic heavy metals from our bodies over time.

Fresh raw fruits and vegetables contain many beneficial nutrients that help mobilize and excrete mercury:

  • Vitamin C
  • MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
  • Glutathione
  • N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC)
  • Rutin
  • and many other vitamins and minerals

While you can also take these individually in supplement/pill form, eating high-quality, natural whole foods will ensure that these minerals are able to work together synergistically. (While synthetic vitamins have their uses, the gold standard in nutrients is always found in their natural forms. )

If you find it difficult to adopt a raw food diet (which is understandable), instead try to have at least one raw fruit or vegetable each day and go from there. Adopting a more raw food diet is a gradual process and should not be forced. Do what is easy and enjoyable first. Eat your favorite fruits and salads. Have delicious fresh fruit juices instead. Some vegetables are easier to take in their juice form, such as carrots and kale.

8 thoughts on “What to do if you’ve been poisoned by mercury from whitening creams”

  1. How light can taking extra vitamin c and other supplements to raise glutathione levels within, can get someone? Thanks.

    1. Hi Latoya, in theory, you can get as light as you were as a baby. This could take some time as your cells detox and renew. At the same time, you would also have to be careful not to expose yourself to excessive toxins and harmful chemicals (difficult to do but possible), otherwise you would be taking “one step forward, and two steps back”, in a manner of speaking.

      In my opinion, the best thing to do is to combine helpful supplements like Vitamin C with a change in diet and lifestyle. It might seem like common sense but most people don’t realize how powerful a change in diet to more fruits and veggies can have on your body and appearance.

      For the past several months I’ve been taking raw juices (fruits and vegetables) for 1 meal every day. I also do my best to choose food that is healthy for me and avoid chemicals/pollutants. The results have been nothing short of a miracle.

      Even though I have not tried to actively lighten my skin for a long time, the skin all over my body has still slowly continued to lighten. (Among other reasons, it might be because I drink a lot of carrot juice, and carrots are rich in beta-carotenes – a natural sun and skin protectant.)

      One last thing – you’ll also have to account for sun exposure and avoid excessive sunlight. Try to reach for a balance though… as some sunlight is healthy and needed by the body. The best sunlight (and one that won’t cause skin darkening) is found in the early morning hours when the sun has just risen.

      Sorry for this long answer to your short question, but I really hope it helps others as well!

  2. hi, im so desperate to remove my stuborn pigmentation . I have used and spent thousands of dollars on different creams, lasers, but doesn’t seem to work. i have also used up creams like amira-c and found out it has mercury , cream with hydroquione. I stopped all this when i found out its bad for your health. Now my qusetion is ; Is GLUTATIONE SAFE? Right now I start using MELADERM and i dont see any improvement, its three wks now.
    Please help?


  3. hi, im so desperate to remove my stuborn pigmentation . I have used and spent thousands of dollars on different creams,but doesn’t seem to work. i have also used up creams like fasco and found out it has mercury , cream with hydroquione. I stopped all this when i found out its bad for your health. Now my qusetion is ;is yoko acne melasma cream safe.
    please help?

  4. Hi , im using yoko whitening cream and my question is yoko product harmful to the skin thank you

  5. hie i’ve used lightening cream & i developed terrible stretch marks i can no longer put on mini skirts or dresses.pliz help thank u

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