Chlorella: The super green detox superfood

While your body has a 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.

However, according to research, there is a green superfood you can use as a powerful detox aid to support your body’s best efforts…

It’s called chlorella — and some consider it Mother 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…

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The toxic connection to illness

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 the 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.

Then there’s the case of toxic chemicals…

Dioxins are highly toxic compounds that are primarily produced by industrial and manufacturing processes that release emissions into the air and include the manufacture of chemical pesticides and herbicides.

Unfortunately, dioxins have made their way into the food chain. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that more than 90 percent of human exposure is through food — especially meat where it collects in fat cells.

Using data from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey from 2007 to 2010, the researchers measured a total of 20 dioxins and the levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in the blood of 2,818 adults.

The results clearly explained why a significant portion of the U.S. population experiences thyroid dysfunction…

They found that dioxins were significantly associated with high TSH levels… an indication that the thyroid gland is not making enough thyroid hormone.

Studies have shown that toxic levels of dioxin were significantly lower in the breast milk of mothers taking chlorella, which is great news!

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While the mechanisms are not completely understood, chlorella appears to accelerate the 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 that nutrition is one area where 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 comes in tablet, capsule, powder, and extract form and you should be able to find it in a quality greens powder mix.

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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.