Can Green Tea Remove Mercury?

EDF Mercury Expert†Kritee, PhD answers a readerís question:

Reader Question:†Does drinking green tea remove mercury from the body? I read an article about a group of indigenous people that ate mostly fish and had low mercury levels. Their only drink was green tea, and it was believed the green tea was cleansing them of mercury. Since thatís all they drank, and they drank that everyday, they had no mercury accumulation. Is there any truth to this?

Kritee:†This is exaggerated. Diet does have an effect on how much mercury ends up passing through our gut into our bloodstream. People have done studies to show that chemical compounds in green tea called catechins, minerals such as selenium, and thiols from herbs like coriander can bind mercury and can protect a little from mercuryís toxicity, but none of these can act as absolute protectors. Sometimes home remedies like these can release mercury from one part of the body only to accumulate it another part of the body and make it more soluble in the blood and thus more dangerous to our overall health. They should not be consumed mindlessly and someone with deeper knowledge of how mercury chemistry functions in the body should be consulted before trying to treat oneself.

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Marija Mohoric
Marija M3 years ago

tks for sharing

Yola S.
.3 years ago

I drink green tea every day because it has many other health benefits and of course I like it.

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Mom's Clean Air force, for Sharing this!

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

good to know

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Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson5 years ago


Tom Jack
Tom Jack5 years ago

Chelation therapy might work. We could stop burning coal and filling our atmosphere with mercury. Better to prevent the spread of mercury and eliminate its source. Mines use mercury to separate gold from other minerals. That is a real problem for our environment. There are places in South America and Africa that are overly toxic due to open puddles of mercury leaching into ground water. Stop the strip mining and use other methods to make jewelry like recycling precious metals from film, electronics, and automotive parts.

Sam Richardson

Thanks for clearing that up, its good to know the facts in something a serious as murcury toxicity!

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush5 years ago

Since, we all know the benefits of drinking green tea, I had to push myself to drink it.
Then, out of a clear blue sky, I decided to blend it with black tea, which I like.

A large pitcher of tea, half black tea and half green tea is very tasty.

Gloria H.
Gloria H5 years ago

darn! was hopeful about this. The idea of eatting fats and animals is gross to me. will have to wait for another cure to come along.