Yes, small amounts of these elements are common and OK.
But “they become toxic when they are not metabolized by the body and accumulate in the soft tissues.”
“They come in synergistically acting package-deals.
Mercury alone is toxic. Together with zinc it is many times more toxic, add in a little copper and silver, as in dental amalgam fillings and the detrimental effect to the body increases manyfold.” – Dr. Klinghard, PhD.
So what can we do about it?
Regularly flushing heavy toxins out from the body is the answer. And chlorella and spirulina come in handy here. These green super foods are safe and offer other tremendous health benefits to the body as well.
In September 2009, the result of an in vivo study by a group of Japanese researchers has shown that chlorella’s lead "binding" abilities have prevented the "gastrointestinal absorption of lead and the promotion of the excretion of lead."
The "binding" of heavy metals (mentioned above) is the job for chlorella’s incredibly tough cell wall, sporopollein.
According to Dr. Klinghard, it is "as effective as cholestyramin in binding neurotoxins and more effective in binding toxic metals then any other natural substance found."
NOTE: So tough is chlorella’s cell wall that if it’s not “broken” you won’t be able to savor the ‘meat’ of chlorella it is protecting.
You see, we want the wall to be “broken”, not “digested”, so that the nutrients inside can be reached.
Detox with Spirulina
In 2001, Bangladeshi researchers conducted a three-month hospital-based study in which 33 patients were given spirulina and 17 were given placebo doses. 82% of those taking Spirulina showed tremendous improvement.
Published in the Mymensingh Medical Journal (2010, Jan), a study conducted by researchers at the Department of Pharmacology at the Mymensingh Medical College, Bangladesh has discovered that spirulina extracts can effectively remove arsenic from the livers of mice suffering from arsenic poisoning (arsenicosis).
An in vitro study in 2008 concluded that spirulina may possess iron chelating properties. Human neuroblastoma cells were treated with a toxic amount of iron, and then treated with spirulina.
When treated, the iron-induced oxidative stress was reduced. (link)
Time to Detox!
Personally, for my detoxification regime, I take both spirulina and chlorella. 1 g each of the certified organic spirulina (from Parry Nutraceuticals) and chlorella (either from Sun Chlorella or Yaeyama). Read this article to find out why Parry's my spirulina of choice.
(Note: When I'm not taking these greens, I'll go for this highly effective kiwi cleanse supplement.)
Of course, taking these greens (don't forget they are natural foods, not drugs) is only part of the whole detoxification approach to help the body heal or detox itself.
To help your body further, here's what you can do:
Oh yes, on top of these greens I still take my regular premium multi-nutrient and fish oil supplements.
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