According to Natural News, every brand of chlorella tested at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab captures at least 93% of dietary mercury in a gastric acid digestion simulator. Most brands of chlorella captured mercury at 98% – 99% efficiency.
Here are the results that Natural News has documented across several brands and manufacturers:
• Clean Chlorella: 99%
• Dr. Mercola Chlorella: 99%
• NOW Foods Chlorella: 99%
• Source Naturals Chlorella: 98%
• Jarrow Formulas Chlorella: 98%
• Sun Chlorella: 98%
• Earth Circle Foods Chlorella: 98%
• Swanson Chlorella: 93%
Chlorella manufacturers and importers:
• RFI chlorella: 97%
• Taiwan Chlorella (TCMC): 98%
• Febico Chlorella (Taiwan): 98%
Looking at these numbers, you may wonder why Swanson Chlorella is considerably lower at 93%. That’s because Swanson adds calcium to their chlorella, reducing the chlorella concentration in the final product. Their tablets are not actually 100% chlorella. But overall, every brand of chlorella tested was very effective at binding with mercury in the human digestion simulator running at the lab.
Arsenic- and cadmium-capturing capacity is very low for chlorella. The laboratory tests showed that arsenic was only reduced by a maximum of 6% across the different brands of chlorella. Because the range of error in these measurements is closer to plus or minus 10%, these low numbers for arsenic are insignificant.
It seems that chlorella has little or no ability to bind with arsenic. Chlorella’s binding and capturing potential may be slightly better against cadmium, a toxic heavy metal that contributes to kidney failure. My tests showed cadmium being captured at anywhere from 0% to nearly 9%. But again, as this is all within the range of error, we cannot conclude that chlorella has any validated potential to capture cadmium.
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The real shocker in all this is that chlorella shows very high affinity for binding with and capturing dietary uranium.
The laboratory tests via ICP-MS show chlorella’s uranium capturing capacity from a low of 88% to a high of 97%. Uranium, by the way, does not have the same sort of toxic profile as lead, cadmium or mercury. It’s not normally a high priority element to avoid except in the context of nuclear fallout or for people living in regions which have been hit by depleted uranium weapons.
In a fallout scenario, radioactive uranium isotopes can make their way into food, water and air. From there, they can easily poison anyone living in the area. In that context, dietary protection from radioactive uranium isotopes can be extremely valuable, and chlorella may play a significant role in saving lives in such a scenario. But in day-to-day living, uranium isotopes are normally not a significant threat in the food supply.
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