Chlorella for detoxification

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by ali-may, Oct 17, 2002.

  1. ali-may

    ali-may New Member

    Has anyone tried Chlorella for detoxification? I've just started using it in my candida program. Just wondered if anyone has seen good effects from it.

    Here's some info on Chlorella.

    Ali

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    The detoxification capability of Chlorella is due to its unique cell wall and the material associated with it. The cell walls of Chlorella have been shown to have three layers of which the thicker middle layer contains cellulose microfibrils. Atkinson et al found a 14nm thick trilaminar layer outside the cell wall proper which was extremely resistant to breakage and thought to be composed of a polymerised carotene like material.....Laboratory studies showed that there were two active absorbing substances - sporopollenin (a naturally occurring carotene like polymer which is resistant to degradation) and the algae cell walls."

    "Chlorella - Natural Medicinal Algae" by Dr David Steenblock,B.S.,M.Sc.,D.O.

    "In Japan, interest in Chlorella has focused largely on its detoxifying properties--its ability to neutralize or remove poisonous substances from the body. Japan, with the earliest and most catastrophic experience with nuclear by-products and growing problem of industrial pollution, as exemplified in the outbreak of the mercury-caused Minimata disease, has a special concern with environmental contamination, and paid immediate attention to early medical journal reports of Chlorella's effect on pollutants.
    One such test in the United States involved the administration of the poisonous hydrocarbon chlordecone to animals, which were then fed Chlorella. The Chlorella interrupted the recirculation of the chlordecone and eliminated it from the animal's bodies. The researchers concluded that Chlorella was potentially effective as a detoxifier for not only chlordecone but for compounds with similar properties, such as dioxin and PCBs.

    The presence of such contaminants in the food supply and atmosphere was already seen as a problem requiring solution, and such reports encouraged research in Japan, but it was the studies indicating Chlorella's effectiveness against radioactive contamination that really stimulated Chlorella production in that country.

    As early as 1950 a paper in Experientia reported that guinea pigs on a diet rich in chlorophyll showed increased resistance to lethal X-rays; the U.S. Army repeated the experiment, with the same results. A Japanese study of heavy metal poisoning with cadmium revealed that when 8 grams of Chlorella were administered to the test animals daily, cadmium excretion increased threefold in the stool and sevenfold in the urine.

    A 1986 Scottish study reported that cadmium is accumulated internally in algae as a result of a two-phase uptake process. The first phase involves a rapid physiochemical absorption of cadmium onto cell wall binding sites, which are probably protein and/or polysaccharides, followed by a slow, steady intracellular uptake. Another example of Chlorella's ability to detoxify was shown in a study in which a culture of brewer's yeast was given a lethal dose of four highly toxic substances, mercury, copper, cadmium and PCB. When Chlorella extract was added to a mixture of these poisons, the brewers yeast remained alive. Chlorella can also detoxify uranium and lead. Many more studies substantiate the ability of Chlorella to remove poisonous materials from the body.

    It appears the detoxification effect is due both to the chlorophyll content of Chlorella and to the composition of its cell walls. This is the reason that cell walls are included when Chlorella is prepared for sale. The cell walls of Chlorella have three layers, of which the thicker middle layer contains cellulose microfibrils, and the outer layer a polymerized carotenoid material. It is this cellular material which first binds the toxic material and then removes it from the body.

    "Chlorella - The sun-powered supernutrient and its beneficial properties" by William H. Lee,R.Ph., Ph.D. and Michael Rosenbaum, M.D.

    "The thick cell wall, which so effectively protects the Chlorella cells' ingredients, can be broken down either mechanically or chemically to increase digestibilty. In fact, The cell wall itself has a beneficial effect.
    When Chlorella is used as a food, fragments of the cell wall adhere to and remove heavy metals like cadmium, lead and mercury from the body....Dr Liang-Pin Lin of National Taiwan University said - "We can do experiments to show that Chlorella absorbs heavy metals from water.

    So if you use Chlorella as a nutritional supplement it will remove heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium from the body".

    "Chlorella, Jewel of the Far East" by Dr Bernard Jensen,D.O.,Ph.D.

    "Chlorella binds strongly to cadmium and will not give it up to the body. Dr T.Nagano at Shizuoka College of Pharmacy in Japan did a study a study in which rats were given Chlorella that contained cadmium to determine whether the cadmium would be absorbed from the Chlorella into the rats. In rats given only cadmium (without Chlorella), growth retardation was noted, while no problem with growth was seen in those given Chlorella containing cadmium. Blood levels of cadmium were determined and demonstrated that the cadmium that was bound to the Chlorella was not absorbed into the rats' bodies.
    Chlorella has been used to detoxify people suffering from P.C.B. (polychlorobiphenyl) exposure. Dr Ueda of the Kitakyushu City Institute for Environmental Pollution Research gave 30 patients who suffered from P.C.B. exposure daily doses of 4-6 grams of Chlorella for one year. Almost all imroved being less tired, with better digestion and normal bowel movements.

    Chlordecone (kepone) another very harmful chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticide, has been shown to be removed more than twice as fast from the body when Chlorella is taken by mouth. Dr S Pore of the School of Medicine, West Virginia University did a study in which Chlorella given to rats speeded up the detoxification of this toxin, decreasing the half-life of the toxin from 40 days to 19 days. Drs D Lorch and A Weber reported that Chlorella walls absorb and hang onto lead.

    In 1979 a study done by Dr Horikoshi showed that the cell components extracted from Chlorella even bind uranium. Chlorella's ability to detoxify the body is very significant because of the large amount of chemicals we are exposed to in today's modern world. This ability to detoxify chemicals is also one of the important differences between Chlorella and other "green" products."

    "Chlorella" Health World Magazine 1989

  2. ali-may

    ali-may New Member

    Has anyone tried Chlorella for detoxification? I've just started using it in my candida program. Just wondered if anyone has seen good effects from it.

    Here's some info on Chlorella.

    Ali

    --------------------------------------------------------
    The detoxification capability of Chlorella is due to its unique cell wall and the material associated with it. The cell walls of Chlorella have been shown to have three layers of which the thicker middle layer contains cellulose microfibrils. Atkinson et al found a 14nm thick trilaminar layer outside the cell wall proper which was extremely resistant to breakage and thought to be composed of a polymerised carotene like material.....Laboratory studies showed that there were two active absorbing substances - sporopollenin (a naturally occurring carotene like polymer which is resistant to degradation) and the algae cell walls."

    "Chlorella - Natural Medicinal Algae" by Dr David Steenblock,B.S.,M.Sc.,D.O.

    "In Japan, interest in Chlorella has focused largely on its detoxifying properties--its ability to neutralize or remove poisonous substances from the body. Japan, with the earliest and most catastrophic experience with nuclear by-products and growing problem of industrial pollution, as exemplified in the outbreak of the mercury-caused Minimata disease, has a special concern with environmental contamination, and paid immediate attention to early medical journal reports of Chlorella's effect on pollutants.
    One such test in the United States involved the administration of the poisonous hydrocarbon chlordecone to animals, which were then fed Chlorella. The Chlorella interrupted the recirculation of the chlordecone and eliminated it from the animal's bodies. The researchers concluded that Chlorella was potentially effective as a detoxifier for not only chlordecone but for compounds with similar properties, such as dioxin and PCBs.

    The presence of such contaminants in the food supply and atmosphere was already seen as a problem requiring solution, and such reports encouraged research in Japan, but it was the studies indicating Chlorella's effectiveness against radioactive contamination that really stimulated Chlorella production in that country.

    As early as 1950 a paper in Experientia reported that guinea pigs on a diet rich in chlorophyll showed increased resistance to lethal X-rays; the U.S. Army repeated the experiment, with the same results. A Japanese study of heavy metal poisoning with cadmium revealed that when 8 grams of Chlorella were administered to the test animals daily, cadmium excretion increased threefold in the stool and sevenfold in the urine.

    A 1986 Scottish study reported that cadmium is accumulated internally in algae as a result of a two-phase uptake process. The first phase involves a rapid physiochemical absorption of cadmium onto cell wall binding sites, which are probably protein and/or polysaccharides, followed by a slow, steady intracellular uptake. Another example of Chlorella's ability to detoxify was shown in a study in which a culture of brewer's yeast was given a lethal dose of four highly toxic substances, mercury, copper, cadmium and PCB. When Chlorella extract was added to a mixture of these poisons, the brewers yeast remained alive. Chlorella can also detoxify uranium and lead. Many more studies substantiate the ability of Chlorella to remove poisonous materials from the body.

    It appears the detoxification effect is due both to the chlorophyll content of Chlorella and to the composition of its cell walls. This is the reason that cell walls are included when Chlorella is prepared for sale. The cell walls of Chlorella have three layers, of which the thicker middle layer contains cellulose microfibrils, and the outer layer a polymerized carotenoid material. It is this cellular material which first binds the toxic material and then removes it from the body.

    "Chlorella - The sun-powered supernutrient and its beneficial properties" by William H. Lee,R.Ph., Ph.D. and Michael Rosenbaum, M.D.

    "The thick cell wall, which so effectively protects the Chlorella cells' ingredients, can be broken down either mechanically or chemically to increase digestibilty. In fact, The cell wall itself has a beneficial effect.
    When Chlorella is used as a food, fragments of the cell wall adhere to and remove heavy metals like cadmium, lead and mercury from the body....Dr Liang-Pin Lin of National Taiwan University said - "We can do experiments to show that Chlorella absorbs heavy metals from water.

    So if you use Chlorella as a nutritional supplement it will remove heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium from the body".

    "Chlorella, Jewel of the Far East" by Dr Bernard Jensen,D.O.,Ph.D.

    "Chlorella binds strongly to cadmium and will not give it up to the body. Dr T.Nagano at Shizuoka College of Pharmacy in Japan did a study a study in which rats were given Chlorella that contained cadmium to determine whether the cadmium would be absorbed from the Chlorella into the rats. In rats given only cadmium (without Chlorella), growth retardation was noted, while no problem with growth was seen in those given Chlorella containing cadmium. Blood levels of cadmium were determined and demonstrated that the cadmium that was bound to the Chlorella was not absorbed into the rats' bodies.
    Chlorella has been used to detoxify people suffering from P.C.B. (polychlorobiphenyl) exposure. Dr Ueda of the Kitakyushu City Institute for Environmental Pollution Research gave 30 patients who suffered from P.C.B. exposure daily doses of 4-6 grams of Chlorella for one year. Almost all imroved being less tired, with better digestion and normal bowel movements.

    Chlordecone (kepone) another very harmful chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticide, has been shown to be removed more than twice as fast from the body when Chlorella is taken by mouth. Dr S Pore of the School of Medicine, West Virginia University did a study in which Chlorella given to rats speeded up the detoxification of this toxin, decreasing the half-life of the toxin from 40 days to 19 days. Drs D Lorch and A Weber reported that Chlorella walls absorb and hang onto lead.

    In 1979 a study done by Dr Horikoshi showed that the cell components extracted from Chlorella even bind uranium. Chlorella's ability to detoxify the body is very significant because of the large amount of chemicals we are exposed to in today's modern world. This ability to detoxify chemicals is also one of the important differences between Chlorella and other "green" products."

    "Chlorella" Health World Magazine 1989

  3. ali-may

    ali-may New Member

    Just giving this a bump in case anyone missed it!

    Ali
  4. amymb74

    amymb74 New Member

    along with about 75 other pills while I was being treated by a chiropractor/natropath. I can't say if the chlorella itself did anything because I did intense detoxing & many supplements but I was feeling much better when I was doing all of this. I felt worse though before feeling better - I wish I was able to keep it up. I hope to go back when I can afford it. AMY
  5. ali-may

    ali-may New Member

    It's too early for me to say yet whether or not the Chlorella is doing anything. I've been taking it for three days, as part of my anti-candida program. My tongue was a dirty yellow a few days ago though, and now the coating is whiter. Maybe this is the Chlorella starting to work.

    I'd love to hear anyone else's experiences with Chlorella!

    Ali
  6. amymb74

    amymb74 New Member

    I know my doc said your tongue is the best way to tell if your 'toxic' He had me detoxing until my tongue was no longer white.
  7. ali-may

    ali-may New Member

    Sounds sensible! I think the tongue is a good indicator, especially when candida is involved. My tongue was clearing up, but then I slipped off the diet and my tongue got all yellow! :( So it's been a process of starting over again, and the tongue is less yellow now (thank goodness). I won't consider myself candida free until my tongue is clean!

    Ali
  8. ali-may

    ali-may New Member

    All the best with your detox, Jaimy! And thanks for the good wishes! :D

    Ali
  9. ali-may

    ali-may New Member

    BTW, I haven't heard of that book - I'll look into it, as it sounds like something I should read!

    Ali
  10. stillafreemind

    stillafreemind New Member

    I am using Olive Leaf right now and will switch to another product after the Olive Leaf. I am sooo glad that you posted this..I will be aving it and reading up on it.

    Ya know..I read on here about the microplasmas (SP) and I do believe that sounds logical. I, myself, cannot take antibiotics like that .. especially for that long. However, I was thinking the next best thing for someone like me..MIGHT be to try these alternative products on a continuous cycle..like you would IF you were taking the antibiotics..I know..I am crazy right?LOL!! It keeps me busy!

    Thanks so much ali...and hope this works well for you and jaimey..please keep us updated..cause if it works for you, I will try it for my second round!
  11. ali-may

    ali-may New Member

    I don't know much about mycoplasmas, but I should do some reading about it. Is it bacterial?

    The chlorella could be worth a try. Also, if you're looking for something with antibiotic properties, you can't go past garlic! Enteric coated garlic capsules are the best in terms of their strength. If I had some garlic, I would take it every day of my life.

    The olive leaf that you're taking should be helping - sometimes you need to take more than is prescribed on the label, but only under supervision! Ask the person at your health store.

    But you're right, a continuing program may help. That's what I'm doing with the candida. I'm taking olive leaf as my main herb right now, with chlorella as an adjunctive therapy to help me detox from the candida die-off.

    It sounds to me like you're on the right track. Personally I would only take antibiotics as a last resort, as I believe they are harmful to your intestinal flora on a long-term basis. Experiment with herbals and see how you feel in a few months. But definitely have a full discussion with either your doc, a naturopath or the health store retailer about the right herbal program for you!

    Good luck with it!

    Ali

  12. ali-may

    ali-may New Member

    I found this interesting...

    Ali

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    Dosing of Chlorella
    How Much Should You Take Per Day?

    Three grams per day is a good maintenance dosage of Chlorella for a person to take. With this amount, you will not notice significant changes, however, your body will get many of the nutrients it must have to function properly such amino acids (protein), vital minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates and enzymes.

    However, a person taking 5-7 grams per day is quite common and at this level you will notice significant changes in digestion, energy and overall health.

    One teaspoon of powder is equal to 5,000 mg. If you are taking tablets or capsules you would have to divide the mg of that pill into 5,000 mg to find out your dose. For example if you had 500 mg tablets you would divide 5,000 by 500 and determine you would need ten tablets for 5,000 mg of chlorella.

    I normally recommend blending the chlorella with vegetable juice or water. Fruit juice is not recommended due to its high sugar content.

    What Results Should You Expect When You Begin Taking Chlorella?

    The first thing is better digestion, especially if you have bad breath or constipation. Both these are readily handled by taking small doses of Chlorella. However, many of the benefits of Chlorella are subtle and not easily determined by how a person feels.

    For instance, Chlorella has been demonstrated to remove heavy metals and other synthetics from the body by actually binding with them so they may be pulled from the bloodstream. However, this result can only be measured if the level of heavy metals in the bloodstream are known before and after a person starts taking chlorella.

    It takes approximately 3-6 months once starting chloreela for heavy metals to begin to be removed from the blood depending on the amount of chlorella taken. If it has been determined that a person does have heavy metals in their body, they should begin by taking 15-20 grams per day depending on the level of heavy metals that are present.

    What Time Of Day Or Night Should You Take It?

    Chlorella can be taken at any time of the day. It can be taken all at once or it can be taken in small dosages throughout the day, which is preferable. Morning is also a good time to take chlorella, but never just before or after drinking coffee or soft drinks since caffeine is extremely detrimental to the digestive process. (We generally advise people to avoid caffeine anyway).

    Chlorella causes the bacteria in our stomachs, the Lactobacilli, to multiply at 4 times the rate of normal. This is why it is best to take with meals as chlorella helps provide very good digestion and more importantly, better assimilation of nutrients.

    Can Everyone Tolerate Chlorella?


    Because of the fiber content in chlorella's cell wall and other nutritional factors, when some people begin to take chlorella for the first time they may go through cleansing reactions, sometimes referred to as a "healing crisis". This cleansing reaction comes in the form of intestinal activity such as gas, cramping, constipation or diarrhea.

    This same type of cleansing reaction frequently occurs when people switch from a low-fiber, "junk-food" diet to a high fiber, natural food diet.

    For this reason, some individuals may wish to start out with less than the suggested amount and gradually increase up to the recommended dose in 1-2 weeks. Very sensitive individuals may want to start with as little as 1/16 of a teaspoon per day (300 mg).

    If you have not been eating many fresh raw vegetables in your diet, it is probably a good idea to start out with one 1/16 of a teaspoon with each meal and increase by 1/16 of a teaspoon every 2-3 days.

    Rarely cleansing reactions will go on for up to 3 months where one can not increase the dose beyond 1/16 of a teaspoon per day.

    As long as you are not showing an allergic reaction (such as hives) or throwing up, you can safely continue the chlorella. In a couple of months, the reaction should decrease. And as it decreases, you can increase the dose.

    Can You Take Too Much Chlorella?

    It is best to think of chlorella as a food because that is exactly what it is: one of the purest, most potent foods on earth. A person can not take too much chlorella because it is naturally detoxifying. Therefore, the fear of chlorella accumulating and becoming toxic to the body is not present.

    However, there is a "comfort level" with every person where he or she knows how much Chlorella to take per day. In general, that level will be about 5-8 grams per day.

    A person taking 15-20 grams of chlorella per day is not at all unheard of if someone is trying to combat a disease with the amazing medicinal properties of chlorella. It is a whole food, not a concentrate or extract, therefore you can NOT take too much of it because of its detoxifying abilities.

    Are There Conditions Where You Should Take Larger Doses of Chlorella?

    Many people with chronic viral conditions, such as Epstein-Barr virus or Herpes virus have shown significant improvements in their condition with larger amounts of chlorella. Frequently, these individuals will need 10 to 15 grams per day (two to three teaspoons).

    Should a person keep taking vitamins once they start taking Chlorella?

    It would not hurt to keep taking multivitamins with chlorella, but, in my opinion multivitamins are not needed. Chlorella and a proper diet contain a wide array of vital vitamins, minerals and nutrients and are also much more economical than most vitamins.

    Can Chlorella Be Used Topically?

    Yes. Chlorella can be powdered and mixed with water into a paste and applied over a cut, scrap, rash or serious wound to help effectively heal it. It is the Chlorella Growth Factor in the chlorella that makes it such an effective healer of human tissue. After consuming chlorella for approximately one year (at levels of 5-7 grams per day), a person will notice significant healing improvement of cuts, scraps, and wounds without the need to apply it topically.

    Can Chlorella Be Given To Children?

    Absolutely. In fact, chlorella has been shown to promote rapid growth in children, as well as build in them superior immune systems. In studies with identical twins, the one given the chlorella grew much faster, much healthier and had much fewer instances of colds, flu, etc. than the twin who was not given chlorella. Children can take one-half to one-fourth the adult dose described above.