Super detox with this super green superfood

While your body does have built-in detoxification systems, it can still use a little help…

These days, your liver carries quite the load, especially with clearing heavy metals and toxic chemicals.

But according to research, there is a nutritional supplement you can use as a powerful detox aid to support your body’s best efforts…

It’s called chlorella — and some consider it Mother’s Nature’s medical miracle.

If you’ve heard of spirulina you can imagine what chlorella looks like because it’s also a green algae — a type of plant organism that’s become quite popular in green superfood supplements and powdered mixes.

And in terms of heavy metals, this modest supplement exhibits some super detox powers…

The toxin-disease connection

We are all exposed to heavy metals — arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury — even in trace amounts.

And the signs that you need a detox aren’t always as obvious as the diseases that indicate mineral toxicity. That’s why it’s important not to wait…

These toxins cause major havoc — they create unwanted oxidative stress, which produces free radicals that cause damage to your body’s cells. They also bind to tissues, affect hormone function and block utilization of minerals.

Conditions such as cardiovascular disease, renal disease and neurological disease have been associated with toxic metals. So it goes without saying that it’s great to do anything you can to avoid toxic metal accumulation in the body.

In animal studies, chlorella has been shown to enhance the detoxification of these heavy metals from the body. So researchers assume it can only help our bodies do the same.

Then there’s the case of toxic chemicals…

Dioxins are a group of chemical compounds we’re exposed to in the environment. These are also known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

These toxins are absorbed by fat tissue in the body where they are stored for an estimated 7 to 11 years before being eliminated — which means during that time, they may cause damage to organs and body tissues.

Dioxins have been detected in high amounts in breast milk so researchers recruited a group of breastfeeding mothers to test the effectiveness of chlorella supplementation.

The results showed that toxic levels of dioxin were significantly lower in the breast milk of mothers taking chlorella, which is great news!

While the mechanisms are not completely understood, chlorella appears to accelerate excretion of heavy metals and toxins, decrease their absorbency by tissues in the body and act as a potent antioxidant agent.

But one factor that helps the body detox more efficiently is providing it with the quality nutrition it needs. And it just so happens, nutrition is one area chlorella really excels…

Chlorella is a complete protein source, providing all 9 essential amino acids and 11 non-essential. It contains triple-miracle vitamin C and brain-boosting B vitamins, along with a range of minerals — zinc, potassium, copper, calcium, folic acid, and iron. And it’s also a good source of dietary fiber.

At this stage there has been no specific dosage set for chlorella, with study dosages ranging from 1.2 grams per day up to 10 grams per day. The best course of action is to follow the product manufacturer’s recommendations when adding chlorella to your diet, with the majority suggesting an average dose of 2 to 3 grams per day.

Chlorella supplements come in tablet, capsule, powder, and extract form.

Sources:
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  2. Ogawa K, et al. Evaluation of Chlorella as a Decorporation Agent to Enhance the Elimination of Radioactive Strontium from Body. — PLoS ONE. 2016;11(2):e0148080.
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Jedha Dening

By Jedha Dening

Jedha Dening is a qualified nutritionist (MNutr), researcher, author, freelance writer, and founder of type 2 diabetic nutrition site Diabetes Meal Plans. Her masters thesis on nutrition and inflammation was published and then presented at a national scientific conference. She has millions of words published in the health industry across various print and online publications. Having been in the field for over 15 years, she’s incredibly passionate about delving into the latest research to share the myths and truths surrounding nutrition and health. She believes when armed with the right knowledge, we’re empowered to make informed choices that can truly make a difference.