Spirulina and Heavy metal detox


I don’t know if you’ve noticed but it seems that we are more and more exposed to heavy metals nowadays.


From the mercury in our dental fillings, aluminum in deodorants, cadmium in cigarettes or mercury in fish, they are everywhere! And it doesn’t matter how hard you work to avoid these, some exposure will always occur.
Since only a small amount in the body can have negative side effects like headache, fatigue or acne we should all incorporate in our life natural ways to get rid of these toxins.


How can spirulina help?

Spirulina, a single cell cyanobacteria, appeared on the planet about 3.6 billion year ago!  They have been used by the Incas and other traditional societies for hundreds of years. Today our modern civilization has “re-discovered” this super blue-green algae and its powerful benefits.

Several peer-reviewed scientific researches showed that spirulina was effective chelating agent to remove arsenic, mercury, lead and other heavy metals but ALSO in removing radioactive substances from our bodies.

Spirulina is a real scavenger for free radicals!


How does it work?

Spirulina is PACKED with chlorophyll. And -this is what amazes me- chlorophyll has the exact same structure as hemoglobin except for the center atom. In hemoglobin this is iron, whereas in chlorophyll it is magnesium. Hemoglobin is the protein that transports oxygen in our red blood cell, but it’s not its only job. It will rebuild and replenish our red blood cells, boosting our energy and of course help in the detox process. It also stops bacterial growth in the digestive tract as well as the production of yeasts and fungi. Chlorophyll eliminates bad breath and acts as an internal body deodorant. Yep! All that! Pretty impressive isn’t it?

By eating spirulina you will boost your red blood cells and their capacity to transport oxygen. More oxygen means a more efficient body to detox!


Is that all?

NO! Spirulina has so many other positive effect on our organisms.

Spirulina can help prevent and reverse anemia.  She can also help to maintain you body in a more alkaline state for an optimal health! Spirulina is also a very good ally to boost your immune system. Spirulina is a great anti-aging, anti-oxidant and anti-inflamatory agent. Nowadays,  a lot of people suffer from high level of cholesterol. Here too, spirulina comes to the rescue. Read this three part post to see how you can reduce your cholesterol level naturally (part Ipart IIpart III).


How much to take?

Spirulina can be taken at high doses with little to no side effects. In fact there are only 2 cases currently known where can have side effects. For an effective detox cure, a typical dosage is 20 to 30 gr BUT you may want to start with 500 mg daily and work up to allow your body to adjust. Spirulina is so effective to bind with toxins and expel them from our body that they can help  reduce some of the side effect associated with detox.

Once your cure is completed, you can taper down to 5-10 gr per day.

I personally take about 10 gr per day.  Most of the tablets are 500 mg, so I would have to take 20 tablets per day in addition to the other supplements I take. No thank you!! So my tip is to either take crunchies (my favorites) or powder (less palatable) and mix it in smoothies or food. Then it’s super easy to take in all the spirulina I need to be on peak, clean and healthy.

Check out the recipe if you need some inspiration to mix spirulina in your everyday food.

Have you already use spirulina to detox? How did it work for you? Post a comment to let me know!

To your health,



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11 responses to “Spirulina and Heavy metal detox

  1. Careful, your statement that chlorophyll is exactly like hemoglobin is incorrect.

    Hemoglobin is a protein, chlorophyll is a small organic molecule.
    The metal binding compound added to hemoglobin is heme. And you’re right that it is very similar to chlorophyll– it plays a similar function– but its structure is distinct, causing it to have the very same affinity for iron above magnesium that you speak about.

    Learning a lot about maintaining spirulina. Thanks for the info – Hank

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  6. I am taking spirulina to remove iron from my body. But I read articles stating that spirulina also contains a lot of bioavailable iron meaning my body can absorb it well. Which is right?

    • Hi IronMan,

      Thanks for stopping by :)
      Indeed, people with hemochromatosis (iron overload disease) should avoid taking spirulina as it is rich in iron. More info in this blog post:

      Hope this helps!

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