Chlorella: A MTHFR's Friend or Foe?

Chlorella is a hot topic in the health industry. Some deem it a miracle food that can safely detox the body of even the heaviest of metals. Others consider it be to a dangerous substance that can transport even more toxins into your body and trigger autoimmune disease. Rather than attempting to cast a verdict on this controversial fresh water green algae species, I'll simply present the facts and let you decide if it's right for you - particularly as a MTHFR.

Quick Neutral Facts:

-From the green algae family

-Grows in fresh water

-Is typically sourced from Japan, Taiwan, or China

-Not digestible without the cell walls being broken prior to consumption

-Can be taken in pill or powder form, as well as liquid extract

The Good:

-One of the world's most potent superfoods

-Is a complete protein (contains all of the essential amino acids)

-Rich in chlorophyll

-Is rich in iron and vitamin c

-Supplies a modest amount of omega-3 fats, a range of antioxidants, and trace minerals

-Binds to heavy metals, facilitating an intense detox

-Enhances immune system response

-Improves cholesterol and blood sugar levels

-Has been shown to ease side effects from cancer treatments and vaccine injury, as well as facilitate detox during amalgam dental fillings removal

The Bad:

-Once bound to heavy metals, these dangerous toxins must be properly flushed from body or serious sickness could result

-Activating the immune system has resulted in development of autoimmune disease or new autoimmune disease symptoms in some people

-While chlorella doesn't produce toxins itself, its powerful binding quality makes it a magnet for very dangerous toxins in polluted waters, such as microcystins, anatoxin-A, and BMAA (some of which are connected with the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as ALS and Parkinson's)

-Can cause sun sensitivity

-Those with thyroid conditions may react to the high iodine content

So there you have it! If you're curious if I have tried chlorella, I have seriously considered it but have not taken the leap. I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, so I may not be the best candidate for this superfood. Also, I did not have many of my childhood vaccines, so I may not be in need of a heavy metal detox to the same degree that someone else who has the MTHFR mutation and has been storing those toxins in their tissues for years may need.

I'd like to hear from YOU. Have you tried chlorella? What was your experience? Did it live up to the hype? Did you experience any side effects? Share your story!

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