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How Chlorella Detoxifies Your Body

by Alma Green

  

Chlorella is a single-cell green freshwater algae that’s been shown to possess powerful detoxifying properties, among a host of other health benefits. This nutrient-dense superfood contains highly concentrated amounts of protein, vitamin A, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, iron, magnesium, and zinc. It’s one of the most popular supplements in Japan, where over 10 million people use it regularly.

According to the Dr. Axe blog, chlorella has been shown to detoxify the body of heavy metals, and radiation and chemotherapy. By wrapping itself around toxins like lead, cadmium, mercury, and uranium, it keeps them from being reabsorbed. They also write that regular consumption of chlorella can keep heavy metal from accumulating in our soft tissues and organs.

Chlorella’s detoxifying affects can be attributed to its high concentrations of chlorophyll (hence its name — the “chloro” in chlorella and chlorophyll comes from the Greek word for green). Chlorophyll is a plant pigment that facilitates the process of photosynthesis, but it also has a series of health benefits for humans, which including cleansing and detoxifying.

The Detox Specialist explains:

Chlorella contains over 12% chlorophyll, the largest amount in any plant gram for gram. Chlorophyll is the substance that makes plants green and photosynthesis possible – the process by which plants use the energy from the sun to convert carbon dioxide and water to glucose. The chemical structure of chlorophyll is very similar to the “heme” of hemoglobin in human blood. The only difference in the two is that chlorophyll has the mineral magnesium at its center and heme has iron in its center.
From studies in Japan where the interest in chlorella has focused mainly on its detoxifying abilities it seems that the detoxification effects are due to both the chlorophyll content and the substances in the cell walls. Chlorophyll carries carries oxygen which rapidly improves blood oxygenation and helps cleanse the body It’s ability to bind to and remove toxic heavy metals such as mercury makes it an extremely useful health.

Chlorella is also used by those undergoing radiation therapy and chemotherapy. The Dr. Axe blog reports that because of its high levels of chlorophyll, it’s “been shown to protect the body against ultraviolet radiation treatments while removing radioactive particles from the body."

Other health benefits of chlorella include immune system support, antioxidant effects, lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, liver health, and boost in energy.

If you’re interested in a way to incorporate chlorella into your every day, try Amazing Grass Raw Reserve, available at The Alchemist’s Kitchen. It’s a blend of AFA’s (blue green algae), spirulina, chlorella, and sea vegetables from the coast of Maine, like kelp and sea lettuce, combined with nutrient-dense cereal grasses, which are packed with vitamins, minerals, and phyto-nutrients.