(NaturalNews) There's mercury everywhere around us, it seems. It's in the food (seafood), the medicines (vaccines) and even the lights (compact fluorescent lights). And that doesn't even cover mercury fillings still used by crazed dentists who insist mercury is "perfectly safe" to chew on!
All the sane people have already figured out that mercury is highly toxic to human health, but how do you get mercury out of your body once you've ingested it?
That's where chlorella enters the picture. This amazing microalgae superfood binds to mercury and helps remove it from your body, safely and naturally. It doesn't get 100% of the mercury out (chelation can help with that), but it does an amazingly good job for a natural, food-based dietary supplement.
I've taken chlorella for over a decade. It's one of the mainstays of my nutritional supplementation (which also includes spirulina and astaxanthin). Learn more about chlorella in this collection of supporting quotes we've compiled for you.
Removing heavy metals with chlorella
Chlorella is a single-cell, fresh water algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, chlorella growth factor, and other beneficial substances. It is about the size of a human erythrocyte (red blood cell) or about 2-8 microns in diameter. Chlorella is high in chlorophyll, giving it a rich green color. For many years, chlorella has been accepted as a detoxifier, and it is commonly used in colon cleansing regimes. Chlorella appears to bind to heavy metals as well as other toxic substances in the bowel and help with the detoxification process. - Disease Prevention and Treatmentby The Life Extension Editorial Staff
There are several species of chlorella. Those most commonly used in nutritional supplements are Chlorella vulgaris and Chlorella pyrenoidosa. Chlorella is rich in protein. In addition, it is rich in chlorophyll, carotenoids, such as astaxanthin, canthaxanthin, flavoxanthin, loraxanthin, neoxanthin and violaxanthin. Chlorella also contains the xanthophyll, echinenone. - PDR for Nutritional Supplementsby Sheldon Saul Hendler and David Rorvik
In rats, chlorella was found to promote the excretion of dioxin in the feces. The mechanism of this action is unknown. The pharmacokinetics of chlorella in humans have not been studied. However, the proteins, lipids and carbohydrates in chlorella should be digested, absorbed and metabolized by normal physiological processes. A chlorella extract has demonstrated anti-tumor and anti-metastic effects in animal experiments. Chlorella has shown some experimental anti-atherogenic activity and some radioprotective and chemo-detoxifying effects. - PDR for Nutritional Supplementsby Sheldon Saul Hendler and David Rorvik
Once the mercury burden is lowered from the intestines, mercury from other body tissues will more readily migrate into the intestines where chlorella will effectively remove it. It is the fibrous material in chlorella that has been shown to bind with heavy metals and pesticides like PCBs that can accumulate in our bodies. Chlorella traps toxic metals in the GI tract and acts as an ion exchange resin. Chlorella is a species of unicellular fresh water algae that has been shown to possess detoxifying properties enabling it to assist or support the human detoxification system. - Transdermal Magnesium Therapyby Mark Sircus
In a report to the General Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan on an early study in animals, Ichimura (1973) reported that chlorella (8 grams daily) increased elimination of cadmium: threefold in feces and sevenfold in urine. Other researchers from Japan showed that chlorella helped detoxify uranium and lead (Horikoshi et al. 1979). Chlorella has detoxification potential for similar compounds, such as dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyls. (PCBs are chemical compounds used in plastics, insulation, and flame retardants, with potential to cause cancer and liver damage.) - Disease Prevention and Treatmentby The Life Extension Editorial Staff
Chlorella is useful for wounds, bed sores, inflamed cervix, pyorrhea, hangovers, constipation, colds, skin disorders, eczema, psoriasis, cold sores, aches and pain. Sun Chlorella Company disintegrates Chlorella's hardy cell walls 95% for 80% absorption, its cell wall fibers dispersed for proficient waste-toxin colon cleansing. May improve arthritis stiffness, musculoskeletal pain, neck and shoulders, etc. Chlorella contains 2-3% Chlorophyll, one of the highest natural sources, the best tissue-cleansing detoxifier and colon cleanser. - Anti-Aging Manual: The Encyclopedia of Natural Healthby Joseph E. Mario
So complete is this wonder-food that, when consuming nothing other than chlorella, human life can be sustained for an extended period. This was discovered by NASA when the space agency was looking at ways to sustain astronauts for space travel. Chlorella's detoxification properties, another key component of the plant, has recently garnered attention in the West. As we know all too well, our air and water quality is declining, and there really is no practical way to avoid our exposure to it. I choose chlorella as a daily body detoxifier. - The Thrive Diet: The Whole Food Way to Lose Weight, Reduce Stress, and Stay Healthy for Lifeby Brendan Brazier
Blue-green algae, chlorella, and spirulina are nutrient-rich foods that may supply physical and mental energy. For people who begin with transition diets, a specialized nutrient program may help neutralize toxins and support elimination. With weight loss (for detoxers who are overweight), toxins stored in the fat will need to be mobilized and cleared - more water, fiber, and antioxidant nutrients can help handle this. The supplement program used for general detoxification (with additional support to reduce nutrient deficiency during detox) is outlined in the table at the end of this chapter. - The New Detox Diet: The Complete Guide for Lifelong Vitality With Recipes, Menus, and Detox Plansby Elson M. Haas, M.D.
Studies in Japan have shown that chlorella increases the excretion of cadmium from victims of cadmium poisoning. Chlorella contains many nutrients, especially amino acids, which support mental and physical energy and detoxification. Powdered chlorella is available at health food stores. Start by adding just one teaspoon to your smoothies and then add more if you like the flavor. - The New Detox Diet: The Complete Guide for Lifelong Vitality With Recipes, Menus, and Detox Plansby Elson M. Haas, M.D.
Some green formulas contain chlorella, which is rich in chlorophyll, protein, vitamins, minerals, and is one of the richest sources of nutrients on the planet. Chlorella belongs to the eukaryotic family of algae which means "visible nuclei." It is a small single-celled plant that grows in fresh water. Chlorella means "small green leaf." Spirulina is a blue-green algae and may be among the oldest plant forms on earth. It is rich in phytonutrients, which significantly boost the immune system. It also has carotenoid antioxidants, which reduce the risk of cancer and help with detoxifying the body. - Defeat Cancerby Gregory, A. Gore
These two superfoods spirulina and chlorella have no toxins and are rich in phytonutrients such as phycocyanin, polysaccharides, and sulfo-lipids. Phytonutrients enhance the immune system and help cut the risk of cancer and autoimmune diseases. Chlorella is a super healthy food that helps detoxify the body of heavy metals that have accumulated over a lifetime. Even small amounts of this plant can help the body repair DNA and give you much more needed energy. Chlorella and spirulina should definitely become part of your diet. - Defeat Cancerby Gregory, A. Gore
Algae, such as spirulina and chlorella, are good for kids because they have a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals, are high in easily digestible protein (contain all eight essential amino acids) and chlorophyll (chlorella is the richest known source of chlorophyll on earth), and are easy to get down. They are both nutritive and detoxifying. They can be bought in powder form at the health-food store. They can be given in doses of a teaspoon a day, stirred into liquid. (They will turn any liquid green, which may either disturb or delight your child. - Herbal Defenseby Robyn Landis
It is virtually a complete food. Chlorella strengthens the immune system, promotes bowel health, helps to detoxify the body, alleviates peptic and duodenal ulcers, fights infection, and helps to counteract fatigue and mood swings associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and perimenopause. It has also been shown to protect against the effects of ultraviolet radiation. Because it has a strong cell wall, which makes it difficult to access its nutrients, chlorella requires factory processing to make it effective. - Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Healby Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
It is noted for a property called Chlorella Growth Factor which gives it the ability to promote tissue repair and growth. It is readily digestible and is a very suitable alkaline food for all ages, from infants to the elderly. Chlorella is particularly valuable for its ability to remove modern-day toxins from our bodies. It is a powerful, alkaline food-source antioxidant, and detoxifier of heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, and insecticides. - Conscious Health: A Complete Guide to Wellness Through Natural Meansby Ron Garner
Special chlorophyll foods such as green barley, chlorella, spirulina, or blue-green algae may enhance vitality and purification. Occasionally, some mineral support (especially potassium, calcium, magnesium, with vitamin C) in powdered or liquid forms helps prevent cramps or adds support during an extended fast. Some people even use amino-acid or other vitamin powders. These supplemental nutrients are really best used when consumed with foods. - The New Detox Diet: The Complete Guide for Lifelong Vitality With Recipes, Menus, and Detox Plansby Elson M. Haas, M.D.
Green drinks that contain spirulina and chlorella are good for people with blood-sugar problems as they contain a high amount of protein. Some people need to build up the amount of juice they are drinking gradually, as it may cause detoxing reactions such as skin eruptions, headaches, or digestive upset. Make sure to use organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible, and wash the foods thoroughly before juicing. Remove seeds and pits before juicing - particularly apple seeds, which contain the poisonous substance cyanide. Do not juice carrot tops, which contain toxic substances. - The Natural Physician's Healing Therapiesby Mark Stengler, N.D.
Since 1 couldn't afford $9,000 for those treatments, I intensified my detoxification program by taking in more wheatgrass, the sea vegetable chlorella and cilantro, reputed to be a good heavy metal chelator. Fasting is also effective at reducing the body's toxic burden. Third, make sure you get enough sleep. Studies show that people who don't sleep enough have intensified appetites due to a lack of the hormone leptin. I have also found coconut oil or butter to be extremely helpful in burning fat. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, or triglycerides (MCTs). - The Natural Physician's Healing Therapiesby Mark Stengler, N.D.
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