Chlorella, a fresh-water, one-celled, green algae, contains nutrients that aid detoxification. Taken as a supplement, chlorella helps remove dioxin, lead, mercury, and other toxins from the body. Its polysaccharide membrane can absorb large amounts of these toxins, according to Toshihiro Kanno, PhD, a pharmacist and functional food advisor who wrote Chlorella vulgaris and Chlorella vulgaris extract. Chlorophyll in these algae contains porphyrins that bind with metals. Chlorophyll also activates the production of peroxisomes (cell organelles), which are responsible for detoxification. In addition to the chlorophyll, chlorella contains about 50% protein and 12% lipids in the form of alpha-linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid. It also provides minerals, beta carotene and other antioxidants, and vitamins that include B6 and methyl-cobalamin (the most absorbable form of B12). Chlorella has been used to help strengthen the immune system and the nervous system, regulate the intestines, and...
From: Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients(Issue 265-266)
Publisher: The Townsend Letter Group
Document Type: Article
Length: 570 words
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