Food and Herb Detox Nutrients
Pectin is a complex carbohydrate fiber found in all fruits and vegetables which will help mobilize and eliminate heavy metals from the body. Fruits with a high amount of edible pectin include apples, blackcurrants and quinces. Fruits with a medium amount of pectin include cherries, passion fruit, rhubarb, boysenberries, blueberries, apricot and raspberries. Citrus peels are a common source for commercial pectin concentrates when making jelly and jam. Carrots, peas, cucumbers and celery have the highest amount of vegetable pectins. Legumes also contain some pectin.
Food source sulfur will help remove heavy metals and other toxins. High sulfur foods include onion, garlic, eggs and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Therapeutic doses of concentrated sulfur is what I use for patients needing a more assertive chelation program to remove heavy metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead and arsenic.
Milkthistle (Silymarin): This is an excellent liver support herb to assist in the removal of toxins from the body and can be taken on an on-going basis at a dose of 70-200mg daily.
This spice is an excellent tool to defend against the inflammatory damage of heavy metals and other toxins (see website newsletter: Turmeric).
Blue Green Algae:
Chlorella type products help eliminate uranium, lead and cadmium.
This herb contains a variety of antioxidants such as camphor, carvone, elemol, geraniol and limonene. Cilantro has multiple anti-inflammatory properties and helps remove mercury from the body.
Some minerals will actually eliminate toxins directly while others contribute to chemical reactions that safely defuse and eliminate toxins. Zinc, magnesium, and selenium are three minerals that will help bind and eliminate toxins from the body. Generally about 30-40 mcg of zinc, 200 mcg of selenium and 200 – 600 mg a day of magnesium is sufficient.
While these three are prominent toxic defenders, all minerals participate in toxin removal, hence the need for a well balanced organic mineral and nutrient rich diet. In addition to diet I suggest a good whole food supplement on a regular basis (see website newsletter: Supplements – BioMax/Complete Life) to aide in toxin removal.
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) is an amino acid supplement that once ingested transforms into glutathione, the quintessential antioxidant whole body detoxifier. Stomach acids will denature regular glutathione supplements, but not N-Acetyl Cysteine. About 500mg daily is a good dose. Glutathione via NAC removes carcinogenic compounds such as arsenic, cadmium and mercury. Every cell in the body utilizes glutathione to remove toxic waste.
There are many simple food and supplement resources available to help us combat over exposure to heavy metals and other contaminants. My newsletter suggestions should serve as ongoing first aide, repair and protection from toxins without creating any untoward reactions from sudden excessive toxic release and mobilization. For many people the measures I’ve outlined should be sufficient, however for individuals with a heavy body burden of toxins I offer appropriate testing and safe, assertive and comprehensive integrated natural chelation/detox programs.
I hope you have enjoyed this month’s newsletter. As allows, comments and feedback are welcome.
Jon Dunn, ND