I've been taking chlorella for the past week, and I've noticed I've developed hives, not very dark yet but definitely itchy, all over my face. I wanted to take chlorella to detox heavy metals. I'm pretty sure I've got mercury poisoning, considering I have basically been living on tuna (I am 26 and female, by the way). Does chlorella cause this? Could it be just a temporary detox side effect?
I keep hearing different opinions about it. Some people say it's a miracle food; others say it's terrible for you, especially if you are high in sulfur. What is that, and how do you know if you are high in sulfur?? Please help. I'm not sure if I should stop talking it, or if maybe something else is causing these hives.
I am a firm believer in listening to what the body is telling you.
When something is wrong and it is unhappy, it lets you know with symptoms, both mental and physical.
When it is happy, it serves you well makes you feel pleasant. :)
Chlorella is hot money maker on the market at this time!
If you are showing an allergic reaction such as hives or throwing up, I would suggest you discontinue the use of chlorella. The same goes for gas, cramps or bloating in the intestines.
If there was a history of childhood cholic, alergic skin rashes or asthma in my family, I would not use chlorella.
Chlorella is high sulfur. If your body is already high in sulfur, adding too much sulfur could have adverse effects if you have impaired sulfur oxidation. Some people have an impaired ability to oxidize and detoxify sulfur compounds. This is well known by the inability to safely process sulfa-drugs. A buildup in the body of excess sulfur compounds can be uncomfortable and even life threatening.
More about Impaired Sulfur Oxidation here: http://www.cfsn.com/sulph.html
Other than that, sulfur is great for the body.
You said: -->"" I'm not sure if I should stop talking it, or if maybe something else is causing these hives.""
All I can say is if "it's your thing...do whatcha wanna do".
Only you can decide what is right for you.
I will list sulfur rich foods at bottom of this message.
I suggest using cilantro. I think it is the most powerful natural chelator of mercury and toxic metals in the body.
Foods Rich in Sulfur
For those of us with impaired sulfoxidation, knowing what's high in sulfur is critical.
Garlic, onions, and all of the allium family
methionine: corn, sunflower seeds, oats, chocolate, cashews, walnuts, almonds, sesame seeds (in that order).
cysteine: oats, corn (corn grits are higher than chicken, see Sulfur in Human Nutrition and Applications in Medicine, by Stephen Parcell, ND. Published by Thorne Research. [PDF].)
Legumes (alfalfa: MSM)
[of duck maybe less so?]
Nuts & seeds
Broccoli and all cole-family (brassica) vegetables. This includes cabbages, pak choi, mustard, and watercress.
Avocado (high in glutathione, which breaks down during digestion, yielding cysteine)
Watermelon (also high in glutathione)
Spinach (high in lipoic acid)
Sweet potatoes and "yams" (American yams, Genus Ipomoea, not Dioscorea, which the rest of the world calls "yams") - a sulfur compound in this tuber chelates heavy metals. [Need documentation on this.]
Tea & coffee: MSM
Cows' milk: MSM
Whey proteins (high in cysteine & methionine)
Amino acids: cysteine, methionine
Thiamin / Thiamine / Vitamin B1 / aneurine
Biotin, Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H http://www.canarys-eye-view.org/challenges/food/sulfurfoods.html
Chlorella is a very cleansing food that does re-distribute mercury and dump it all over your body while it tries to push it out.
If you are going to take anything with Chlorella, its best taken at the same time as 2 capsules of Sodium Alginite-- or "Algin". The one good source for this that I found online is "Nature's Sunshine" Algin-- but you can do a Google search - maybe you'll come up with more. I use the Nature's sunshine Algin.
Algin soaks up the mercury that Chlorella ends up re-spilling. Algin responges it up and pushes it out into your urine or bowel movements. Just drink plenty of liquids while taking the Chlorella/Algin.
I would never take Chlorella without Algin, because it is so sloppy in spilling mercury all over the body by itself. Some experts dont even reccomend Chlorella for this reason.
Do you have any metal fillings or bridgework in your mouth? If so, don't ever take any Chlorella until these are removed.
The Chlorella will keep pulling the mercury from the fillings and redistributing it in your body, otherwise.
Thanks to everyone for the advice. I've stopped taking Chlorella. I still have hives, but it doesn't look like any new ones. I have never heard of Algin, but maybe I will give that a try, and combine it with a smaller dose of Chlorella (I was taking 6 capsules). I'd also like to try cilantro, too. Thanks again.
I have also been taking chlorella. I have recently recovered from a bout of dengue fever. One of the symptoms of Dengue fever is skin rash. The rash (hives- would disappear and reappear in different places on a daily basis) has persisted for 2 months. It's been very confusing. Dengue can persist for months, but I haven't been able to find anything about the symptoms persisting for months. I thought it was a "die off" reaction to olive leaf extract- discontinued that. Thought I neede to detox- which I do, I've begun the process. I forgot to take my Jarrow super green defense (500 mg chlorella) the other day and discontinued after reading these posts. My diet is high in sulfur, we're also on well water which is high in sulfur. I have fillings. My rash is gone. There are some incredibly knowledgable people contributing here. I am learning so much, what an incredibly valuable resource this website is! I thank you all...I no longer look like a toad...
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