Heavy Metal Detoxification
By Steven Horne, RH (AHG) & Kimberly Balas, ND
Because the body is naturally exposed to small amounts
of heavy metals in even natural foods, it has natural defensive mechanisms to help it eliminate these heavy metals and other toxic substances. By nutritionally supporting these
mechanisms, while keeping the body's channels of elimination open, one can help the body remove excess heavy metals from the System.
One of the principal detoxifying agents in the body is a
substance called glutathione. It is an antioxidant, produced
in the liver from three amino acids: cysteine, glutamic acid
and glycine. Glutathione
helps cells eliminate drugs and
heavy metals and protects the body from damage due to
smoking, radiation and alcohol.
(NAC) contains the amino acid cysteine, which is a building block for glutathione, a powerful
antioxidant that protects tissues including the liver, respiratory and immune systems, and the eyes. Glutathione protects healthy cells from damage by heavy metals and other
L-methionine is a sulfur bearing amino acid that acts as
powerful antioxidant. It is needed in extra amounts when
toxins are present in the body because it protects glutathione. It can also be converted into cysteine to help produce
Another nutrient that helps the body detox from heavy
metals is alpha lipoic acid
, a powerful antioxidant. Because
it is soluble in both wrater and fat, it has an especially wide
range of protective actions. Even more, it enhances the
function of other antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E,
and glutathione. It also helps increase energy production in
Sodium alginate or algin
, is a mucilage derived from
kelp. Kelp is a purifier of the oceans because the alginate
in it bonds to heavy metals and other toxins to neutralize
them. Sodium alginate binds to heavy metals such as lead
in the intestinal tract and carries them out of
body with regular bowel movements. Other fiber products
such as apple pectin can also help bind heavy metals.
The Heavy Metal Detox formula
contains all the substances we've just mentioned: N-acetyl-cystine, I-methionine, alpha lipoic acid and sodium alginate. It also contains
cilantro, an herb reported to help the body detoxify from
mercury, kelp, vitamin B6, apple pectin and magnesium
citrate. It is a very useful supplement for helping the body
eliminate heavy metals.
This formula is a potent cleanser.
Do not exceed I capsule with a meal 2 times a day, at least
in the beginning.
If you develop a strong cleansing reaction (rash, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, weakness, etc.), stop
taking it for a couple of days. Do some cleansing and then
restart with only 1 capsule per day.
Many heavy metals (and other environmental toxins) are
not water-soluble. This means the body must remove them
by binding them to fats. Thus, essential fatty acids are very
helpful in detoxifying from heavy metals. Daily supplementation with I -2 Tablespoons of Flax Seed Oil
(Or taking Super GLA
and/or Omega-3 Hi EPA
) will help bind these
toxins in the System for removal.
Once the heavy metals, pesticides or other chemicals have
been bound to fats, the toxic fats are taken to the liver where
they are eliminated by dumping them into the small intestines through the bile. Fiber is needed to bind these fats and
heavy metals so they will be carried out of the body. While
any kind of fiber helps, sodium alginate is especially good at
binding heavy metals.
If you know or suspect you have heavy metal poisoning
it's probably a good idea to work with an experienced doctor, naturopath or herbalist to custom design a program for
your individual needs. However, as a starting point, here is a
mercury and heavy metal detox program we have used many times.
• 1 Krill oil capsule
• 1 Heavy Metal Detox
three times daily or
1 Tablespoon Nature's
in a glass of water or juice twice daily
• Once or twice each week take a drawing bath with
or another fine clay or take a foot spa.
Make certain the bowels are moving at least two to three
times per day. If not, you may wish to take some Lower Bowel Stimulator (LBS II)
2-3 Gentle Move
Optional: For a stronger effect add 1-2 Mega-Chel
Heavy metal detoxification is important for anyone who
has worked around a lot of chemicals in their job (including
painters, beauticians, lab technicians, dry cleaners, carpet
cleaners, farmers and factory workers in many industries).
It's also a good thing for people suffering from any kind
of chronic inflammatory disorder or problem that involves
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Therapies: Heavy Metal Detoxification helps deal with
Toxic Overload, one of the root causes of disease.
Herbal Formulas: Nature's Three
Herbal Extracts: Algin
Nutrients: Alpha Lipoic Acid, Hydrated Bentonite,
N -Acetyl Cysteine,
Flax Seed Oil and Omega-3
Nutraceuticals: Heavy Metal Detox, Krill Oil, Mega-Chel and Milk Thistle Combination