Eliminating mercury and other heavy metals has currently become one of the most pressing health hazards, right alongside of chemical toxicity. How can chlorella aid with removing this heavy metal that can cause so many different symptoms – from a ‘burning’ sensation in a tooth on through to devastating autism symptoms. Health Nut News shares with us what we should look for in a Chlorella supplement as well as how it works at eliminating mercury from our body.
Chlorella—A Potent Detox Agent. Heavy metal toxicity, just like chemical toxicity, has become one of the most pressing health hazards of our day, and this is where chlorella may be profoundly useful. Its ability to bind to heavy metal toxins, allowing them to be safely excreted from your body, has been well established. It’s particularly crucial for systemic mercury elimination, because the majority of mercury is rid through your stool. Once the mercury burden is lowered from your intestines, mercury from other body tissues will more readily migrate into your intestines where chlorella will work to remove it.
You can also add cilantro, which works as a synergetic detoxification aid along with the chlorella. This combination is particularly useful to take when you’re consuming seafood, as most are invariably contaminated with heavy metals and chemicals. Ideally you would take it with the meal so the chlorella can bind directly to the toxins while they are in your gut, before they absorbed into your body. In order to optimize heavy metal detox, you’ll want to take at least four grams of chlorella every day, year-round.
Be aware that side effects may occur. As your body starts to detox, you may initially experience some slight nausea, and/or mild diarrhea. If these symptoms are too bothersome, you may want to lower your dose initially, and slowly increase the dose. As your body is cleansed of toxins, these side effects should disappear.
The Crucial Detail that Determines Chlorella’s Effectiveness – The key to chlorella’s detoxing abilities lies within its membrane, but the fibrous cell wall of chlorella is actually indigestible to humans. This is why most chlorella products use the term “broken cell wall,” to describe the fact that the chlorella has been rendered digestible.
If a product does not specifically tell you that the cell wall has been broken, you are likely flushing your money down the toilet as the chlorella will simply pass right through you without doing you any good. As Ginny Banks explains in this previous interview, it’s in your best interest to make sure you’re getting a high quality product for this reason.
Here’s a sampling of some of the health benefits associated with this green algae:
- Repairing nerve tissues
- Increasing your energy levels
- Enhancing your immune system
- Normalizing your blood sugar
- Improving digestion
- Normalizing your blood pressure
- Promoting healthy pH levels in your gut, which in turn helps good bacteria to thrive
- Removing potentially toxic metals from your body
- Enhancing your ability to focus and concentrate
- Eliminating bad breath
Chlorella can also be of benefit to vegetarians and vegans looking for proteins and B vitamins from a non-animal source. About 60 percent of it is protein, and because it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs, it’s considered to be a “complete protein.”
Chlorella is also rich in:
- Vitamin B12
How to Verify the Quality of a Chlorella Product – While there are a number of proprietary methods to break the cell wall, the key comparison you need to pay attention to is the nutritional profile of the end product. In addition to making sure it’s “broken cell wall” chlorella, this is the other factor that will help you evaluate the quality of any given product. Keep in mind that, according to the legal requirements, a natural product may contain plus or minus 20 percent of the stated level of any nutritional component. Therefore, I recommend sticking with reputable companies only, as they will adhere to certain processes that increase your chances of getting the levels of nutrients stated on the label.
Recent changes to the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) guidelines and the labeling requirements now make it much easier for you to investigate and verify company claims, because companies are now required to list their phone number and website on every label. They must also maintain a paper trail showing where the material came from and any testing that has been done.
Key questions to ask when calling a company directly include:
- How often do you test batches for nutritional consistency? Ask for a specification sheet (‘spec sheet’), or the Certificate of Analysis, known as the ‘C of A’. These are documents that itemize every single test that the final product gets tested for.
- How and where is the chlorella grown? Variations in climate and season can cause nutritional variations, but if the chlorella is grown in artificial ponds the producer has greater control over consistency. You’ll also want to make sure the chlorella is grown in unpolluted areas, since chlorella binds to heavy metals.
- Does the producer test for heavy metal contamination? A high quality producer will perform regular heavy metal analysis’, for which there should also be a verifiable paper trail. And organic producers must adhere to even more stringent rules in order to become certified organic, which is another sign of a clean, high quality product.
Although I do not promote the use of many supplements in general, believing it is far better to get your nutrition from food, there are exceptions to this rule. In this case though, chlorella truly is a food, but it must be properly processed into supplement form in order to unlock its greatest health benefits. Whether you want to help reduce your toxic burden, prevent a particular health ailment, or just boost overall nutrition, I believe chlorella can be a phenomenal addition to a healthy diet.
This article is for information purposes only. Everyone’s health requirements may be different. Prior to using chlorella, or any nutritional supplement, research to your satisfaction or discuss the recommended treatment with your Natural Healthcare Provider.
We have heard how high levels of mercury in vaccines has been linked to autism. I imagine we will be finding many health issues surrounding toxicity from this heavy metal as more awareness and research continues… After struggling with a ‘burning’ sensation in my root canal tooth for years, I finally found out it was from an overload of mercury toxicity in my body and I have been using Rife treatments for the past year to keep it under control… good to know chlorella can assist with this as well.