(NaturalNews) Here at Natural News, we are spearheading a campaign of total transparency for superfoods and nutritional supplements, including publicly posting our Certificate of Analysis for Clean Chlorella and Clean Chlorella SL.
You can view these documents yourself by opening these PDFs:
As these documents show, Clean Chlorella is the cleanest chlorella available anywhere on the planet in terms of lacking toxic elements (heavy metals), and it is quite possibly the cleanest superfood you'll ever find anywhere. These certificates describe both food contaminants as well as radiation tests. You'll notice that the radiation tests show no radiation from the chlorella.
Heavy metals tests are super clean
As the analysis shows, our Clean Chlorella is phenomenally clean, testing at:
It's important to understand these extraordinary numbers. We are not merely saying these metals are under 1 ppm. They are, for all four heavy metals, under 1/100th of 1 ppm. Or, stated differently, these metals are present at less than 10 ppb (parts per billion) in our Clean Chlorella product. This is almost unheard of in the supplements industry.
Aluminum is present at less than 1 ppm, which is phenomenally low. We found aluminum at over 30 ppm in other chlorella brands, as you can see at www.ChlorellaFactor.com
Our certified organic Clean Chlorella SL, produced under extremely clean conditions in Taiwan, also has a remarkably clean profile, although it's not quite as clean as our regular Clean Chlorella, shown above:
You will not find a cleaner source of chlorella anywhere in the industry, period! We know because we've checked dozens of sources and have spent many tens of thousands of dollars on laboratory testing.
Every source of chlorella we tested -- including famous doctor brands, Japanese brands, Chinese brands and India brands -- showed higher metals than our Clean Chlorella.
Overall, the good news is that chlorella universally tested much cleaner than most foods, so across the board, chlorella is a remarkably clean and powerful superfood. However, because chlorella is often used by people who are seeking to greatly reduce their exposure to heavy metals, it seems especially important to limit the presence of heavy metals in chlorella. After all, if you're trying to get rid of metals, it makes no sense to keep swallowing more, especially when so many people have compromised detoxification pathways or glutathione deficiencies.
But why do heavy metals matter in the first place? Here's why:
Lead - Reduces IQ and cognitive function. Contaminates bones and causes osteoporosis. Literally "makes you stupid" and is especially harmful to children. Routinely found in candy and all sorts of edibles grown in China, including many Chinese herbs. The half-life of lead in the human body is 27 years for lead in bones (which is where roughly 90% of the lead you eat goes), and only 30 days for lead in blood. (This is also why blood tests for lead are all but useless.) In other words, about half the lead you eat today will still be present in your bones in the year 2040.
Cadmium - The "kidney destroyer" metal, cadmium is also an estrogen mimicker that imbalances hormone function. Cadmium is routinely found in rice products, including organic brown rice and rice proteins. We are currently finding cadmium at 2 - 3 ppm in organic brown rice. Cadmium has a half-life in the human body of around 20 - 30 years. It is considered extremely difficult to remove cadmium from your body, and cadmium toxicity routinely causes kidney failure.
Mercury - A neurotoxic heavy metal that "lobotomizes" brain tissue and destroys healthy nerve function. About 10% of the mercury you eat ends up lodged in brain tissue. This is believed to be what makes vaccines so toxic and deadly to children, causing autism. (Yes, mercury is still used throughout the vaccine industry, even in vaccines that are claimed to be "mercury free.") Eliminating mercury from your body requires the presence of sulfur atoms. This means if you aren't eating eggs, garlic, broccoli or other forms of sulfur, your body cannot eliminate mercury efficiently. The half-life of methylmercury in your body is about 70 - 80 days, but even that number is misleading as a lot of mercury never comes out and stays lodged in your liver and kidneys forever. Dental amalgams (i.e. "silver fillings") are incredibly toxic and are made with over 50% mercury. The fact that they are still used in the industry is a crime against humanity and children in particular.
Arsenic - Not nearly as toxic as the three metals listed above, but arsenic can be deadly at very high concentrations. In a healthy human, arsenic is more easily transported out of the body than lead, cadmium or mercury. Inorganic arsenic is toxic, but organic arsenic is considered harmless. Arsenic is often excreted by the body through skin and urine. People who don't exercise and don't sweat may accumulate toxic levels of arsenic in their skin, causing severe health problems. The No. 1 source of exposure to arsenic is well water. Arsenic has a half-life in the human body of around 3-5 days.
Aluminum - Also considered a toxic element but nowhere near the toxicity of lead, cadmium and mercury. Aluminum is often present at 200 - 400 ppm in everyday foods. But "inorganic" aluminum, or elemental aluminum, is related to Alzheimer's, dementia and other cognitive disorders. Aluminum is quickly absorbed by your bones (within one hour of digestion) and also by brain and liver tissue. Aluminum interferes with the absorption of other critical nutrients such as magnesium and calcium, promoting nutritional deficiencies. About 95% of the remaining aluminum is excreted in your urine within 5 days, but individuals who have compromised excretion capacity (which is increasingly a large percentage of the population) may accumulate aluminum and suffer aluminum toxicity which "causes morbidity and mortality through various mechanisms." (http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/165315...)
This is why it is critical to reduce your exposure to toxic elements such as lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and even excess levels of aluminum.
Natural News metals specification is the most stringent in the industry
When you read this Certificate of Analysis for our Clean Chlorella, keep in mind that the "Specification" column is our own custom specification here at the Natural News Store. We created this specification especially for chlorella, to make sure our chlorella is the cleanest superfood on the planet. Our specification is:
As you digest these numbers, keep in mind that we are routinely finding organic brown rice at 3 ppm of lead and even higher numbers of arsenic. We're also finding edible seaweeds containing > 500 ppm Aluminum and > 200 ppm Arsenic.
California's Proposition 65, widely regarded as the most stringent heavy metals law in the world, actually exempts all foods from its requirements. Nevertheless, it sets a daily limit of lead consumption at 0.5 micrograms (ppm). This limit is widely considered to be ridiculously low -- so low that virtually the entire natural products industry is pushing to have it altered to a more reasonable level, as you can get 0.5 micrograms of lead from eating home-grown tomatoes or other vegetables grown in pristine soil. (Even "pristine" soil has some amount of lead in it.)
The dirty little secret of lead in superfoods
So how does our Clean Chlorella achieve such a phenomenally low level of lead and other metals? Here's a secret: Many superfood manufacturers and producers use brass fitting in their food processing facilities. Why is that a big deal? Because brass contains around 5% lead.
So as foods or liquids are passing through brass fittings, they are picking up trace amounts of lead and concentrating it in the final product. That's why any facility wishing to reduce its lead content must replace all brass fittings with non-lead fittings. Lead-free brass is now available in the marketplace, but many companies are switching to a far safer material: P.E. (polyethylene). It leaches virtually nothing into foods or beverages.
Of course, the primary source of lead in foods and superfoods is contaminated soil and water. The most common causes of this are:
1) Human bio-sludge (composted feces) used as fertilizer on edible crops. This practice remains in use in the United States and many other countries. (Yes, they actually spread human waste on crop fields. Welcome to the sick, demented world of corporate agriculture...)
2) Industrial contamination of water supplies used to irrigate crops. (This also introduces fluoride to many crops.)
3) Fallout of heavy metals from factories and coal-fired power plants. This is believed to be the No. 1 reason why foods, supplements and herbs from China are so heavily contaminated with lead, mercury, cadmium, etc. China's air pollution is also a significant source of pollution for the United States and especially California's agricultural areas. Fallout of heavy metals from China's toxic industries blows eastward and drops onto crop fields in California, Oregon and Washington.
More heavily contaminated superfoods are cheaper to buy
In sourcing superfoods like chlorella, we were able to establish a clear correlation between lower prices and higher metals contamination.
As a rule of thumb, foods and superfoods sourced from China are about half the cost of the same foods sourced from North America or Europe. They also typically contain vastly higher levels of heavy metals contamination.
This is why cheaper superfood formulations are often the most contaminated: because the ingredients are sourced from China and there is zero attention paid to heavy metals content.
USDA "organic" can legally be wildly contaminated with lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic
Shockingly, it is true that many superfood and dietary supplement manufacturers do not test their products for heavy metals. This is not required by law, nor is it a widespread practice across the industry.
It is also true that USDA organic certification has no requirement whatsoever on heavy metals contamination limits in "organic" foods. Organic certification only covers a farming process, not a clean food result. So-called "organic" foods or superfoods can be certified organic and carry the USDA organic seal even while being heavily contaminated with > 100 ppm of lead, mercury and cadmium.
Technically, a food product can contain enough lead and mercury to kill a child while still being "USDA certified organic."
The USDA doesn't even test foods for heavy metals as part of its organic certification process. This is hugely important because many "organic" foods are now grown in China, where heavy metals contamination is widespread and severe. Many of these foods are sold at Whole Foods and other retailers, where they are touted as "organic" even though they may contain toxic levels of heavy metals.
Keep reading Natural News for more follow-up reports on heavy metals later this year.
Until then, if you choose to consume chlorella as a superfood, don't play Russian roulette with your health. Get the cleanest chlorella on the planet right here:
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