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Integrated Supplements
Green Detox

  • Safe & Gentle Detox*
  • Healthy Weight Control*
  • Clear & Radiant Skin*
  • Hormonal Balance*
  • Digestive Health*
  • Improved Energy Levels*
  • Healthy Blood Flow*
  • Healthy Immune Function*
  • Contains Maritech Organic Fucoidan
  • OU Kosher Certified
 
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Integrated Supplements

Green Detox

90 Vcaps®

Green Detox is a precise blend of nutrient–rich sea vegetables designed to support healthy metabolism*, immune function*, and the body's natural detoxification mechanisms.

 

The power of Green Detox comes from its unique dietary fibers and high concentration of chlorophyll. Unlike some "cleansing" products, Green Detox contains no harsh laxatives, and is gentle enough for everyday use.

 

 

 

What Can Green Detox Do For You?

 

  • • Supports Detoxification of Heavy Metals, Radioactive Elements, Pesticides, PCBs, & Dioxin.*

 

  • • Supports Thyroid Function and Metabolism.*

  • • Promotes Clear, Radiant Skin*

  • • Supports Immune Function.*

  • • Supports Hormonal Balance*

  • • Supports Healthy Blood Flow*

  • • Balances The Body's pH Levels*

  • • Supports Cardiovascular Function*

  • • Supports Proper Cell Growth and Repair*

  • • Supports Digestive Health*

  • • Rich Source of Vitamins, Minerals, Fibers, and Antioxidants*

 

Directions

Begin with one capsule per day to assess tolerance. Increase to one capsule three times daily or as directed by a healthcare professional.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 3 Capsules
Servings Per Container 30
 
Amount Per Serving
   Serving  % DV
Iodine 245 mcg 164%
Green Detox Blend Containing:        -  
 
Proprietary Blends
Green Detox Blend Containing:
Japanese Cracked-Cell Chlorella 1000 mg(Chlorella pyrenoidosa), Organic Maritech Synergy 50 mg (Fucus vesiculosus Containing 85% Fucoidan), Organic Bladderwrack 750 mg(Fucus vesiculosus), Organic Wakame 300 mg (Undaria pinnatifida)
 
*percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
 

Ingredients: Kosher vegetable capsule. Contains NO milk, egg, soy, gluten, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Nutrition Facts are a simulation of the product's "Nutrition Label". For the actual Nutrition Label please refer to the product packaging.

 

Warnings

This product should not be taken by those with hyperthyroidism or sensitivity to iodine. This product should not be taken by those who are pregnant or nursing. Those taking blood-thinning medications should consult a physician before use.

 

Green Detox Contains:

Organic Maritech® Synergy (85% Fucoidan from Fucus vesiculosus)

Fucoidan is a polysaccharide found in brown seaweed which may help to maintain a healthy immune system and aid in proper cell growth and repair.*

Organic Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus)

In addition to fucoidan, bladderwrack is a source of iodine and unique dietary fibers with remarkable detoxifying effects.

Organic Wakame (Undaria pinnatifida)

Wakame is a highly-nutritious sea vegetable and may provide unique benefits for immune function*, and healthy blood flow.* Potent antioxidants in wakame may also support clear and beautiful skin.*

Japanese Cracked-Cell Chlorella

Chlorella contains vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, antioxidants, and chlorella growth factor (CGF). Chlorella may support healthy levels of beneficial bacteria in the intestines, and may act as a unique supporter of the body's natural detoxification mechanisms.*

The Unique Benefits of Sea Vegetables

Though modern agricultural practices often deplete important nutrients from the soils, the oceans of the world remain a nearly limitless nutritional resource. This makes sea vegetables among the planet's most concentrated sources of nutrients – they contain an array of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and chlorophyll simply unmatched by any land–based vegetable.

 

With increasing research on the health–promoting benefits of sea vegetables, it seems to be no coincidence that cultures which consume sea vegetables (i.e., seaweed) are often known for their robust health and longevity. But sea vegetables are very rarely consumed in the United States and the rest of the industrialized Western world. This is why we at Integrated Supplements are proud to introduce Green Detox Sea Vegetable Blend – a nutrient–rich blend of the most health–promoting sea vegetables sourced from pristine waters around the globe, untouched by human or industrial pollution.

 

Green Detox is far more than just a concentrated source of nutrients. The sea vegetables in Green Detox may also be able to help rid the body of some of the industrialized world's most harmful chemicals.* Certain sea vegetables may possess the unique ability to help rid the body of toxins such as heavy metals, radioactive elements, organochlorine pesticides, PCBs, and dioxin.* These same sea vegetables have also been shown to aid the clearing of fatty wastes from the liver*, and to support the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.*

 

As a natural defense against our modern nutrient–poor diet and increasingly toxic environment, Green Detox may impart many unique and noticeable health benefits. Clear and radiant skin with reduced wrinkles and blemishes*, lustrous hair*, improved metabolism*, healthy thyroid function*, improved digestion*, and improved energy levels* can all result from the unique nutrition found in Green Detox – another breakthrough nutritional formula brought to you only by Integrated Supplements.

Q. What is Green Detox?

A. Green Detox is a precise blend of nutrient–rich sea vegetables designed to support healthy metabolism*, immune function*, and the body's natural detoxification mechanisms.

 

Though modern agricultural practices often deplete important nutrients from the soils, the oceans of the world remain a nearly limitless nutritional resource. This makes sea vegetables among the planet's most concentrated sources of nutrients – they contain an array of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber, and chlorophyll simply unmatched by any land–based vegetable.

 

With increasing research on the health–promoting benefits of sea vegetables, it seems to be no coincidence that cultures which consume sea vegetables (i.e., seaweed) are often known for their robust health and longevity (the Okinawans of Japan being, perhaps, the quintessential example). But sea vegetables are very rarely consumed in the United States and the rest of the industrialized Western world. This is why we at Integrated Supplements are proud to introduce Green Detox Sea Vegetable Blend – a nutrient–rich blend of the most health–promoting sea vegetables sourced from pristine waters around the globe, untouched by human or industrial pollution.

 

Green Detox is far more than just a concentrated source of nutrients. The sea vegetables in Green Detox may also be able to help rid the body of some of the industrialized world's most harmful chemicals.* Certain sea vegetables may possess the unique ability to help rid the body of toxins such as heavy metals, radioactive elements, organochlorine pesticides, PCBs, and dioxin.* These same sea vegetables have also been shown to aid the clearing of fatty wastes from the liver*, and to support the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.*

Q. What are the ingredients in Green Detox?

A. Green Detox contains numerous sea vegetables (technically, algae) which have been chosen for their unique health effects, including:

 

Organic Maritech® Synergy (85% Fucoidan from Fucus vesiculosus) – Fucoidan is a polysaccharide found in brown seaweed which may help to maintain a healthy immune system and aid in proper cell growth and repair.*

 

Organic Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) – In addition to fucoidan, bladderwrack is a source of:

 

Polysaccharides which may support healthy hormone levels.*

 

Alginate – A natural absorbent of radioactive elements, heavy metals (i.e., lead mercury), and free radicals.*

 

Iodine and other nutrients which may support healthy thyroid function and metabolism.*

 

Organic Wakame (Undaria pinnatifida) – Wakame is a highly-nutritious sea vegetable and may provide unique benefits for immune function*, and healthy blood flow.* Potent antioxidants in wakame may also support clear and beautiful skin.*

 

Japanese Cracked-Cell Chlorella – contains vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, antioxidants, and chlorella growth factor (CGF). Chlorella may support healthy levels of beneficial bacteria in the intestines, and may act as a unique supporter of the body's natural detoxification mechanisms.*

 

The ingredients in Green Detox have been specifically chosen for their incredible nutrient density, as well as the presence of health-promoting substances which are almost completely absent from the Western diet.

Q. What is Fucoidan?

A. Fucoidan is a collective term for various sulfated polysaccharides (chains of sugar molecules) derived from species of brown seaweed such as Fucus vesiculosus (aka bladderwrack) and Undaria pinnatifida (aka wakame). The unique polysaccharide structure of fucoidans allows them to modulate cellular communication.  For example, fucoidans have been shown to be powerful immunomodulators – substances which improve the efficiency of the body's immune response.  An immune system which performs its duties efficiently is able to rid the body of diseased and damaged cells, and build healthy cells – all without the "collateral damage" caused by excessive inflammation.

 

As a frame of reference, many substances which supposedly "reduce inflammation" do so by impairing the activity of immune cells.  This is true, for example, of the anti–inflammatory drug, cortisone and even supplemental doses of omega–3 fish oils.  While such substances often offer symptomatic improvement for inflammatory conditions, they may also compromise the important pathogen–fighting and tissue building functions of the immune system.

 

Fucoidan, on the other hand, seems to reduce certain harmful aspects of inflammation, while, at the same time, supporting the tissue–building and pathogen–fighting aspects of immune function.

 

The following study, for example, found that a fucoidan–containing mixture of seaweed and minerals elicited a significant increase in the production of cytotoxic T cells and a near–significant increase in natural killer cells (NK cells).  At the same time, the mixture also elicited a decrease in the inflammatory marker, Interleukin–6 (IL–6):

 

Study Link – A combined Phase I and II open–label study on the immunomodulatory effects of seaweed extract nutrient complex.

 

Quote from the above study:

 

In addition to immune modulation, the complex has potential anti–inflammatory activity, exhibited by the significant decrease in IL–6 between day 1 and day 28.

 

In another preliminary study, a fucoidan–containing seaweed mixture was found to reduce osteoarthritis symptoms and joint pain.*  In those taking the fucoidan–containing mixture, the Comprehensive Osteoarthritis Test (COAT) – an established method for measuring arthritis symptoms – showed up to a 50.7% reduction in symptoms over the course of the study:

 

Study Link – A combined phase I and II open label study on the effects of a seaweed extract nutrient complex on osteoarthritis.

 

Evidence also suggests a possible protective effect of fucoidan against numerous viruses:

 

Study Link – Defensive effects of a fucoidan from brown alga Undaria pinnatifida against herpes simplex virus infection.

 

Where they are found only in brown seaweeds, fucoidans are consumed significantly in East Asian countries (Japan, China, Korea) where such foods represent staples of the diet.  The consumption of brown seaweeds (and thus, fucoidan) is negligible, however, in almost every other culture across the globe.  It has thus been proposed that fucoidans may be a unique contributor to the health and longevity often noted in coastal regions of East Asia.

 

Asian cultures are known for their relatively low incidence of metabolic syndrome – a cluster of symptoms which include obesity, high blood pressure, elevated blood lipids, and blood sugar disorders.  While metabolic syndrome may affect up to 20% of the population of certain Western societies (such as the U.S.), incidence in Japan is among the lowest in the world at approximately 7%.  This low incidence of metabolic syndrome is thought to be a major contributing factor to Japan's world–leading life expectancy.

 

Seaweeds contain numerous substances which may inhibit the development of the metabolic syndrome, and fucoidan from brown seaweed may be among the most powerful.  Studies have found that the consumption of brown seaweed (Undaria pinnatifida) was associated with reduced waist circumference in women, and well as imparting a normalizing effect on systolic blood pressure:

 

Study Link – Could dietary seaweed reverse the metabolic syndrome?

 

In vitro studies have found that fucoidan is able to stimulate lipolysis (the breaking  down of fats) which researchers speculate may ultimately be important in preventing obesity:

 

Study Link – Fucoidan from marine brown algae inhibits lipid accumulation.

 

Quote from the above study:

 

Since increase of HSL and p–HSL expression and decrease of glucose uptake into adipocytes are known to lead to stimulation of lipolysis, our results suggest that fucoidan reduces lipid accumulation by stimulating lipolysis. Therefore, these results suggest that fucoidan can be useful for the prevention or treatment of obesity due to its stimulatory lipolysis.

 

Metabolic syndrome and diabetes are characterized by high levels of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) – reactive substances formed from the interaction of proteins and sugars.  AGEs can be consumed in food, but are particularly apt to be formed endogenously in diabetics due to chronically–elevated blood sugar levels.  The presence of elevated AGEs is known to have particularly negative consequences for blood vessels and circulation.  When AGEs attach to cellular receptors, the result can be a chronic inflammatory state associated with numerous age–related disorders including cardiovascular disease, and it's currently thought that AGEs may be largely responsible for the vascular disorders associated with diabetes.

 

One of the most far–reaching anti–aging benefits of fucoidan may involve the polysaccharide's ability to prevent the adherence of AGEs to AGE receptors (RAGE):

 

Study Link – FEEL–1 and FEEL–2 Are Endocytic Receptors for Advanced Glycation End Products.

 

Quote from the above study:

 

The 125 I–AGE–BSA binding to CHO–FEEL–1 and CHO–FEEL–2 cells was effectively inhibited by Ac–LDL and polyanionic SR–A inhibitors such as fucoidan, polyinosinic acids, and dextran sulfate but not by native LDL, oxidized LDL, or HDL.

 

Similarly, fucoidan's ability to inhibit leukocyte adherence within blood vessels has been shown to restore normal capillary blood flow in diabetic animals.

 

Study Link – Inhibition of leukocyte adherence enables venular control of capillary perfusion in streptozotocin–induced diabetic rats.

 

Advanced glycation end products have also been implicated in, perhaps, the most visible sign of aging – skin wrinkling:

 

Study Link – The Role of Hyperglycemia in Skin Wrinkle Formation: Mediation of Advanced Glycation End–Products.

 

Fucoidan's ability to inhibit the effects of AGEs may be a significant reason why fucoidan supports healthy, youthful skin.  Studies have found fucoidan possesses the ability to inhibit several enzymes which are involved in skin aging, including elastase in the following study:

 

Study Link – Fucoidan a sulfated polysaccharide from brown algae is a potent modulator of connective tissue proteolysis.

 

Quote from the above study:

 

Using tissue sections of human skin in ex vivo experiments, we evidenced that this polysaccharide was able to minimize human leukocyte elastase activity resulting in the protection of human skin elastic fiber network against the enzymatic proteolysis due to this serine proteinase.

 

Even topical applications of brown seaweeds have been found to impart significant anti–aging activity upon skin:

 

Study Link – Treatment of human skin with an extract of Fucus vesiculosus changes its thickness and mechanical properties.

 

Quote from the above study:

 

A significant decrease in skin thickness measured by B–mode ultrasound was elicited, as was a significant improvement in elasticity measured with a Cutometer as compared with controls. In cheek skin, the thickness normally increases and the elasticity usually decreases with age. These results suggest that the Fucus vesiculosus extract possesses anti–aging activities and should be useful for a variety of cosmetics.

 

From this research, it seems likely that many of the health attributes associated with Asian cultures – from low incidence of metabolic syndrome to clear, wrinkle–resistant skin – may have much to do with the unique properties of fucoidan found in brown seaweed.  It's important to emphasize the fact that brown seaweeds and fucoidan are almost completely absent from the Western diet.  Nori seaweed (commonly used in sushi preparation) is a red seaweed which doesn't contain fucoidan.  Other common sea vegetables sold as nutritional supplements (e.g., spirulina and blue–green algae) won't contain fucoidan either.  For this reason, Green Detox is formulated with three sources of fucoidan including the standardized fucoidan extract known as Maritech Synergy®.

Q. What is Chlorella?

A. Chlorella is a nutrient–dense, single–celled green algae which gets its name from its notably high chlorophyll content. In addition to being nature's richest source of chlorophyll, chlorella also contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, nucleic acids, enzymes, chlorella growth factor (CGF), and unique types of dietary fiber.

 

Microalgae such as chlorella are among the most primitive species on our planet, and Chlorella represents the first "plant" with a distinct cell nucleus. Chlorella is known to reproduce with particular rapidity and efficiency – a single chlorella cell can divide into four cells every 16 to 20 hours, and it was once predicted that chlorella could yield more protein per unit area than any other plant on earth.

 

In the 1940s, numerous scientists warned that rapid worldwide population growth would soon place a serious strain on the world's food supply. Its rapid growth rate and unparalleled nutrient density made chlorella a promising candidate in the fight against world hunger. By the 1950s and 60s, Chlorella was also being investigated as a both a nutrient and oxygen source to be used in space travel.

 

Ultimately, however, improvements in land–based agricultural practices made chlorella relatively unsuited for production on the scale needed to feed the world. But, though Chlorella may not be an economically–viable means to end world hunger, it still offers the health–conscious consumer an incredibly concentrated source of complete nutrition – with unique benefits for the immune and detoxicative systems.*

 

In vitro, animal, and human studies have shown that Chlorella may be able to enhance immune function*:

 

Study Link – Immunostimulatory Bioactivity of Algal Polysaccharides from Chlorella pyrenoidosa Activates Macrophages via Toll–Like Receptor 4.

 

Study Link – Immunomodulation by a unicellular green algae (Chlorella pyrenoidosa) in tumor–bearing mice.

 

Quote from the above study:

 

Since Chlorella cells and derivatives showed no indication of direct in vitro cytotoxicity to either tumor or mouse spleen cells, the antitumor effects documented may be mediated by host immune response.

 

Study Link – Dietary Chlorella pyrenoidosa for patients with malignant glioma: Effects on immunocompetence, quality of life, and survival.

 

Studies have also shown evidence that Chlorella may support healthy blood flow, blood lipids, and gastrointestinal function*:

 

Study Link – Nutritional supplementation with Chlorella pyrenoidosa for mild to moderate hypertension.

 

Study Link – Preventing dyslipidemia by Chlorella pyrenoidosa in rats and hamsters after chronic high fat diet treatment.

 

Study Link – Effect of chlorella and its fractions on blood pressure, cerebral stroke lesions, and life–span in stroke–prone spontaneously hypertensive rats.

 

Study Link – A review of recent clinical trials of the nutritional supplement Chlorella pyrenoidosa in the treatment of fibromyalgia, hypertension, and ulcerative colitis.

 

But, perhaps more than any other food, chlorella has repeatedly been studied for its powerful ability to help aid the body in the detoxification and elimination of numerous harmful chemicals, including dioxins, pesticides, and heavy metals:

 

Study Link – Effect of Chlorella pyrenoidosa on fecal excretion and liver accumulation of polychlorinated dibenzo–p–dioxin in mice.

 

Study Link – Detoxification of chlordecone poisoned rats with chlorella and chlorella derived sporopollenin.

 

Study Link – Chlorophyll derived from Chlorella inhibits dioxin absorption from the gastrointestinal tract and accelerates dioxin excretion in rats.

 

Study Link – Effect of Chlorella intake on Cadmium metabolism in rats.

 

Study Link – Protective effects of Chlorella vulgaris in lead–exposed mice infected with Listeria monocytogenes.

 

Chlorella has even been shown to reduce the transfer of dioxins from the mother to the infant, both via placental transfer, and via breast milk after birth:

 

Study Link – Maternal–fetal distribution and transfer of dioxins in pregnant women in Japan, and attempts to reduce maternal transfer with Chlorella (Chlorella pyrenoidosa) supplements.

 

Quote from the above study:

 

Total TEQ [toxic equivalents] in cord blood were approximately 26% lower than in maternal blood (P<0.0001). The results of this study suggest that transplacental transfer differs depending on the dioxin congener. Total TEQ in breast milk were approximately 30% lower in the Chlorella group than in controls (P=0.0113). This finding suggests that maternal transfer of dioxins can be reduced using dietary measures such as Chlorella supplements.

 

These unique detoxifying effects are likely unsurpassed by any land–based vegetable. As such, even those of us who eat plenty of "greens" can still benefit from the unique benefits of chlorella.

Q. Who can benefit from Green Detox?

A. Nearly everyone can benefit from the unique nutrition found in Green Detox.**

 

In the simplest sense, a person eating the standard American diet could think of Green Detox as a concentrated source of some of the nutrition he or she may be missing by not regularly eating the recommended 3–5 serving of vegetables each day. On a gram–for–gram basis, for example, the single–celled algae, chlorella (an ingredient in Green Detox) contains approximately 24 times as much riboflavin, 4 times as much magnesium, and 20 times as much detoxifying chlorophyll as spinach.

 

Such concentrated sources of nutrition can be an important addition to our diet. Though more convenient and plentiful than ever before, food in the industrialized Western world often suffers from a lack of important nutrients. Modern farming practices can steadily deplete the soil of minerals, and the processing which modern food undergoes often serves to reduce its nutritional content even further. It has been well–documented that vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibers are often woefully lacking in many modern–day foods.

 

The industrialized world may also expose us to unprecedented levels of agricultural and environmental pollutants. Chemicals from pesticides, plastics, cosmetics, clothing, cleaning products, and the air we breathe are known to steadily accumulate in our body, and may weaken our body's defenses against disease.

 

Along these lines, Green Detox is far more than just a concentrated source of nutrients – even people who eat a healthy diet and take supplements can still benefit from the unique immune–supporting* and detoxifying nutrients sea vegetables have to offer. For example, the unique polysaccharide from brown seaweed, called fucoidan, is currently being studied for its ability to foster a healthy immune response*, and its ability to aid in proper cell growth and repair*. The polysaccharide, alginate, found in brown seaweeds such as bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus), is known to aid in the absorption and removal of heavy metals and radioactive elements from the body*. Similarly, chlorophyll and unique fibers found in Chlorella and Wakame seaweed may be able to rid the body of environmental chemicals such as dioxin and PCBs. These unique detoxifying benefits simply don't occur to the same degree with any common land–based vegetable.

 

So, whether a person is looking to add a concentrated source of nutrition to a sub–optimal diet, or a person is looking to maximize the health and detoxicative benefits of an already healthy diet, Green Detox is of value to both.

 

** Green Detox should not be taken by those with hyperthyroidism or sensitivity to iodine. Green Detox should not be taken by those who are pregnant or nursing. Those taking blood–thinning medications should consult a physician before use.

 

Q. What could a person notice from taking Green Detox?

A. As a concentrated source of unique nutrients, Green Detox may offer benefits for all aspects of health. Some of the more noticeable benefits may include:

 

• Clear radiant skin with reduced wrinkles, age spots, or blemishes.*

 

• Improved digestion and elimination.*

 

• Improved metabolism.*

 

• An increased sense of energy and vitality.*

 

Although these benefits may be noticed relatively quickly, those taking Green Detox as an aid to detoxification should note that meaningful body detoxification will take time. A long-term commitment to a healthy, pure diet, exercise, and intelligent supplementation is essential for maximal benefit.

Q. How is Green Detox different from other detox supplements?

A. Many supplements marketed for body detoxification contain harsh laxative herbs such as cascara sagrada or senna as their main ingredients. Though supporting healthy digestive function and elimination are important for detoxification, the use of harsh laxative herbs is not the best way to accomplish this. Because of their potential to cause side effects and dependency, these herbs should not be taken for extended periods of time, if at all. In fact, rather than being detoxifying, herbs such as cascara sagrada pose a toxicity risk all their own:

 

Study Link – Botanical Dietary Supplements Gone Bad.

 

Quote from the above study:

 

The chronic use of Cascara sagrada involves several risks. Besides cramp like pains in the gastrointestinal tract, chronic use disturbs the electrolyte balance, especially potassium deficiency, causing a circulus vitiosus and a dependency on purgative dietary supplements. In addition, several studies reported genotoxic and mutagenic effects in vitro and in vivo for emodin and its derivatives causing them to be classified as prospective carcinogens. Cascara sagrada products are still advertised as slimming or detoxification products; however, considering the potential side effects after chronic use, the intake of this herb for these indications should be restrained.

 

Other detox supplements often contain mixtures of herbal components such as milk thistle, red clover, or green tea extract. But, though many of the ingredients in these herbal mixtures may have some therapeutic value for some people in some situations, there's little reason to believe that these haphazard mixtures of herbs will truly support the body's detoxification mechanisms in the long–term.

 

Many supposedly "detoxifying" herbs may transiently stimulate liver function, or the activity of detoxifying enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract – but they also have the potential to do harm with continued use. Red clover, for example, contains potent phytoestrogens – substances that could ultimately add to the body's toxic/estrogenic burden when consumed regularly or in excess. Similarly, high intakes of green tea extracts have also been shown to cause liver damage:

 

Study Link – Hepatotoxicity from green tea: a review of the literature and two unpublished cases.

 

Quote from the above study:

 

Our analysis of the published case reports suggests a causal association between green tea and liver damage. The hepatotoxicity is probably due to (–)–epigallocatechin gallate or its metabolites which, under particular conditions related to the patient's metabolism, can induce oxidative stress in the liver.

 

But Green Detox is different – it doesn't contain harsh laxatives or herbs which tax detoxification pathways. The cleansing properties of green detox are much gentler, and are largely attributable to two factors:

 

• Unique dietary fibers and polysaccharides uniquely found in chlorella and seaweeds.

 

• Particularly high concentrations of the detoxifying green pigment, chlorophyll.

 

Dietary fibers and chlorophyll are essential for proper body detoxification, and sea vegetables are among the most concentrated sources of these substances. With the unique nutrition they offer, it's no wonder that sea vegetables/seaweeds have been staples in the diet of various cultures for centuries. As a whole–food nutritional supplement which concentrates the nutritional value of such foods, Green Detox is ideal for everyday use.

Q. How is Green Detox different from other "greens" products?

A. "Greens" products are concentrated sources of whole–food nutrition – often targeted towards people who don't consume the recommended 3 to 5 servings of vegetables each day. These nutritional supplements contain a wide array of concentrated vegetables, grasses, herbs, seeds, and other components. Often, however, it seems that the makers of greens products place too much emphasis on including dozens of different ingredients – even if the dose and type of ingredients they use stand little chance of offering any health benefit. More importantly, many greens formulas contain ingredients which simply aren't optimal nutrition for humans.

 

For example, the following ingredients commonly found in greens formulas, are ones which we feel are best avoided:

 

Grasses (e.g., wheat grass, barley grass)

 

While cereal grasses such as wheat grass and barley grass are concentrated sources of nutrients, humans may not possess the optimal digestive system to extract these nutrients. Some greens products address this by using powders made from cereal grass juices which may be easier to digest. But, even still, we feel that cracked–cell chlorella is a far better choice for a greens formula than any cereal grass. Not only is chlorella a more concentrated source of nutrients and chlorophyll than cereal grasses, but processes which crack the chlorella cell wall allow nutrients to be accessed by the human digestive system while still offering the unique detoxicative benefits of chlorella's unique dietary fiber.

 

Seeds/Legumes (e.g., flax seeds, flax seed meal, hemp seeds, chia seeds et al.)

 

While seeds contain nutrients necessary for germination, they also contain substances which are mildly, but meaningfully, toxic. As a defense mechanism, seeds are specifically designed to resist destruction by the digestive systems of foraging animals. These defenses include not only a fibrous outer shell which is resistant to digestion, but numerous anti–nutrients and digestion–inhibiting substances inside the seed as well (e.g., phytates, trypsin inhibitors, amylase inhibitors, cyanogenic glycosides, tannins and phytoestrogens). Even polyunsaturated fatty acids in seeds can be counted among these anti–nutrients, as these lipids inhibit digestion (especially when rancid – as would be a likely occurrence in any greens product). Ultimately, some of nature's most potent food–based toxins and anti–nutrients are found in seeds, making their inclusion in nutritional products ill–advised.

 

Vegetables which contain anti–nutrients

 

In addition to important vitamins and minerals, many vegetables contain anti–nutrients – substances which can inhibit digestion and the absorption of nutrients. Spinach, for example is nutrient–dense, but also contains oxalic acid which may impair mineral absorption and digestion. Vegetables of the brassica family (e.g., cabbage, brussel sprouts, kale) contain goitrogens which are known to inhibit thyroid function. Alfalfa sprouts contain canavanine, analog of the amino acid, arginine, which has been associated with hemolytic anemia and immune dysfunction:

 

Study Link – Effects of L–canavanine on T cells may explain the induction of systemic lupus erythematosus by alfalfa.

 

Traditional cooking methods often served to maximize the nutritional content of vegetables, while minimizing such anti–nutritional factors. However, the effects of consuming dried, concentrated versions of these vegetables (and the anti–nutrients they contain) – as would be found in greens formulas – are simply unknown. Depending upon the formulation, some greens formulas may expose users to far greater risk of toxicity than the consumption of food vegetables.

 

Not only are sea vegetables likely to be far more concentrated sources of nutrition than land–based vegetables, sea vegetables are also likely to contain far fewer anti–nutrients than land–based vegetables as well. In addition, certain sea vegetables contain health–promoting substances (e.g., fucoidan) which are simply non–existent in land–based vegetables. Sea vegetables are also almost completely absent from the diet of people in the U.S. and many parts of the industrialized Western world. All of these factors make carefully–selected sea vegetables uniquely suited for use in dietary supplements.

Q. Is there credible evidence that chronic low–level exposure to "toxins" is actually disrupting our metabolism and health?

A. It's certainly true that the vague term "toxins" is often used as a scare tactic to market supplements of questionable efficacy. As we've seen, most so–called "detoxifying" supplements contain little more than herbal laxatives, which simply aren't long–term solutions to reducing the body's toxic burden.

 

But, evidence does suggest that our modern environment and diet is exposing us to historically–unprecedented levels of toxic exposure.

 

For simplicity's sake, it's helpful to conceptualize toxins in two main categories:

 

• Environmental chemicals

 

• Food–based toxins (including those produced either as a function of cooking/processing or internally as a function of inefficient digestion).

 

Objective measures of the body's burden of environmental chemicals can be gleaned from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals published in 2009:

 

Report Link – Fourth National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals

 

The researchers conducting the above report tested for the presence of various environmental chemicals in blood and urine from a random sample of participants taking part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Particularly widespread exposure to the following chemicals was noted:

 

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers – fire retardants used in various manufactured products, which accumulate in the environment and in human fat tissue. One polybrominated diphenyl ether, BDE–47, was found in the serum of nearly every subject tested.

 

Bisphenol A (BPA) – a component of epoxy resins and polycarbonates used to make lightweight plastics. BPA may cause hormonal disruption and reproductive toxicity. More than 90% of the urine samples tested by the CDC contained BPA.

 

Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) – A perfluorinated chemical associated with the manufacture of non–stick coatings for cookware, food packaging, stain–resistant carpets, and carpet–cleaning solutions, was found in the serum of nearly all subjects tested. The potential toxicity of this chemical is subject of ongoing research.

 

Perchlorate – a chemical which is both naturally–occurring and man–made. Its industrial uses include the manufacture of explosives, flares, and rocket fuel. High–level exposure to perchlorate is known to impair thyroid function, and the consequences of chronic, low–level exposure are currently under intense investigation. All participants tested exhibited measurable levels of perchlorate in their urine.

 

Mercury, Arsenic, Cadmium – Heavy metals such as mercury, arsenic, and cadmium are naturally–occurring, but modern industrial usage of these metals may lead to unprecedented levels of exposure. Research is ongoing, but it's currently unknown what level of bodily exposure to these metals can be deemed safe.

 

Numerous studies show that sea vegetables may possess the unique ability to help rid the body of such harmful environmental chemicals. Animal studies have shown Chlorella possesses the ability to aid in the detoxification of the carcinogenic insecticide, chlordecone; the environmental pollutant, dioxin; and the heavy metals, cadmium and lead:

 

Study Link – Detoxification of Chlordecone Poisoned Rats with Chlorella and Chlorella Derived Sporopollenin."

 

Study Link – Chlorophyll derived from Chlorella inhibits dioxin absorption from the gastrointestinal tract and accelerates dioxin excretion in rats.

 

Study Link – Effect of Chlorella intake on Cadmium metabolism in rats.

 

Study Link – Protective effects of Chlorella vulgaris in lead–exposed mice infected with Listeria monocytogenes.

 

Similarly, various seaweeds have been shown to aid in the detoxification of chemicals such as dioxin a well as offering protection against radioactive elements:

 

Study Link – The role of marine plants on radiation protection.

 

Study Link – Seaweed accelerates the excretion of dioxin stored in rats.

 

As the above study illustrates, sea vegetables are even able to increase the excretion of environmental chemicals which have been stored in the body. These chemicals are continually complexed with bile and are excreted into the intestines. A significant portion of the toxins in bile, however, aren't eliminated, but reabsorbed into the body via a process known as enterohepatic circulation. Nutritional strategies for detoxification often act, in large part, by preventing the re–uptake of bile–borne toxins:

 

Study Link – Enterohepatic circulation of organochlorine compounds: a site for nutritional intervention.

 

Sea vegetables, for example, contain several substances (e.g., chlorophyll, dietary fibers, alginate) uniquely suited to prevent the absorption and re–absorption of toxins from the gastrointestinal tract. Taken regularly, the ingredients in Green Detox may be able to steadily reduce the body's burden of toxic substances.*

 

Q. In addition to environmental chemicals, what sort of toxicity is associated with the foods we eat?

 

A. In addition to exogenous environmental toxins (e.g., pesticide residue, antibiotic residue, etc.), toxic substances can also be produced via cooking methods, as well as internally due to the inefficient digestion of foods. As examples, altered protein structures from meats cooked at high temperatures are known to contain potentially harmful substances called heterocyclic amines (HCAs), and starch–based foods cooked at high temperatures are known to contain a similarly harmful substance, acrylamide. As we shall see, even food–based nutrients such as iron pose a toxicity risk in some situations.

 

In the broadest sense, it could be said that almost all foods pose some toxicity risk. If we tried to completely avoid food–based toxins, the result would be a near–starvation diet – obviously not a valid solution. It's important to remember as well, that unlike modern agricultural chemicals, food–based toxins are nothing new to our food supply. Our primitive ancestors, for example, likely cooked meats over an open flame, without succumbing to the modern diet–related disorders often associated with such practices.

 

For this reason, rather than attempting to engineer an overly restrictive and unbalanced diet to avoid food–based toxins, it makes more sense to investigate protective elements which can counter–balance them. Fruits and vegetables, for example, provide numerous protective elements against these toxins, but most people would admit to rarely consuming these foods sufficiently. This is just one reason that our modern burden of food–based toxins may be greater than ever before.

 

Where food–based toxins do much of their damage in the intestines, it's probably no coincidence that colon cancer is one of the most characteristic diseases of the industrialized world. The intestinal damage caused by food–based toxins may explain why so many detoxifying protocols and supplements place such an emphasis on the use of laxatives. Merely stimulating bowel movements, however, doesn't meaningfully address the problem. The first step in neutralizing toxins produced by cooking and inefficient digestion involves altering the bacterial population of the intestines to one which fosters healthy and complete digestion of foods. Various dietary fibers and polysaccharides have this effect as they act as a selective growth medium for "beneficial" intestinal bacteria. Our product, Fiber Balance, for example, contains five different types of dietary fiber selected specifically for their ability to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestines*.

 

Additionally, the green plant pigment, chlorophyll (and related chemicals), may also offer protection against many food–based and intestinally–derived toxins. Research has found, for example, that the administration of cruciferous vegetables, chlorophyll, and yogurt (a source of beneficial bacteria) helped to neutralize mutagenic DNA damage to colorectal cells caused by heterocyclic amines (HCAs) in cooked meat:

 

Study Link – Inhibition of Fried Meat–Induced Colorectal DNA Damage and Altered Systemic Genotoxicity in Humans by Crucifera, Chlorophyllin, and Yogurt.

 

Quote from the above study:

 

...the inhibitor diet decreased nearly twofold the DNA damage in target colorectal cells.

 

Ultimately, the real solution to body detoxification begins with ensuring proper digestion, thus reducing the production of food–based and intestinally–derived toxins.

 

Q. How can Green Detox support digestive health and intestinal detoxification?

 

A. Green Detox can support digestive health and intestinal detoxification in several ways. As noted previously, the prebiotic effect of seaweed polysaccharides may alter the bacterial composition of the intestines to one more supportive of health. More specifically, pathogenic intestinal bacteria produce enzymes which convert procarcinogens into carcinogens within the gastrointestinal tract. As an example, many substances, including hormones and hormone–like chemicals, are conjugated to glucoronic acid for excretion from the body. Pathogenic intestinal bacteria, however, produce the enzyme, ß–glucoronidase, which is able to break apart glucoronic acid cojugates, thus "re–toxifying" the chemical which would otherwise be excreted from the body.

 

Pathogenic intestinal bacteria also produce azoreductases – enzymes which may convert azo dyes (e.g, artificial food colorings) into carcinogenic substances, and nitro– and nitrate reductases – enzymes which have been implicated in gastrointestinal cancer.

 

Polysaccharides from seaweeds, like other prebiotics, have been shown to shift the population of intestinal microbiota towards more beneficial species, thus reducing the production of these enzymes:

 

Study Link – Effect of edible seaweeds (Undaria pinnatifida and Porphyra ternera) on the metabolic activities of intestinal microflora in rats.

 

Quote from the above study:

 

Adaptation to diets containing Nori or Wakame was associated with changes in microbial activity that involved a decrease on reductive and hydrolytic enzymatic activities implicated in the conversion of procarcinogens into carcinogens. The combination of the effect on the gut flora and a more rapid transit of feces would be expected to reduce exposure to potential carcinogens and may have health implications for human nutrition.

 

The process of digestion itself often produces toxic substances. Vegetarians often note that meat, for example, can putrefy and become toxic within the gastrointestinal tract. The existing research lends support to this contention, although the optimal solution may not be to avoid meat entirely, but rather to consume meats with the fibers and chlorophyll needed to neutralize the toxins which are derived from it.

 

The components of brown seaweed, laminaran and alginate, have been shown to reduce the production of such putrefactive compounds of digestion including, indole, p–cresol, and sulfide:

Study Link – Inhibitory effects of laminaran and low molecular alginate against the putrefactive compounds produced by intestinal microflora in vitro and in rats.

Quote from the above study:

In the case of rats fed diet containing 2% (w/w) laminaran or low molecular alginate, the fermentation pattern agreed with that of the in vitro experiment. Laminaran suppressed indole, p–cresole and sulfide, significantly. These putrefactive compounds, in rats fed low molecular alginate, also tended to be lower. These results suggest that the fermentation of laminaran by intestinal bacteria suppresses the putative risk markers for colon cancer.

Emerging research also suggests that some naturally–occurring food–based chemicals, called lectins, may irritate the gastrointestinal tract by attaching to sugars found in the cellular structure of the intestinal lining (these cellular sugars are different than the sugars commonly used by the body for energy). By binding to these sugars, lectins may interfere with proper cellular communication, and may also trigger inflammation which may manifest as gastrointestinal distress.

It's probably no coincidence that some of the foods which are most apt to cause digestive problems – such as wheat (gluten), beans, and legumes – also contain high amounts of particularly irritating lectins:

Study Link – The carbohydrate–binding specificity of pea and lentil lectins. Fucose is an important determinant.

Study Link – The lectin properties of gluten as the basis of the pathomechanism of gluten–sensitive enteropathy.

Interestingly, however, the same cellular sugar molecules to which lectins bind can also be found in some foods. Seaweeds such as Fucus vesiculosus and Undaria pinnatifada, for example, are known to contain such sugars including fucose and mannose.

Traditional cultures often used seaweeds as folk remedies for digestive disturbances, and modern researchers have proposed that the consumption of the unique sugars in seaweeds may act as a "decoy" for the attachment of harmful food–based lectins. In other words, lectins may bind to the sugars found in seaweeds instead of these same sugars located on the cells of the intestinal lining. It's important to note, also, that the health–damaging effects of lectins may not be limited to the gastrointestinal system – as they damage the structural integrity of the intestinal barrier, lectins are capable of entering general circulation where they may attach to other tissues (e.g., connective tissue, elements of the nervous system, bladder tissue, etc.). This partly explains why seaweeds may have such far–reaching benefits for disorders involving systemic inflammation and immune dysfunction*.

In addition, the ingredients in Green Detox are among nature's richest sources of the natural detoxifier, chlorophyll. We've already seen how chlorophyll may play a role in neutralizing the cytotoxic damage produced by heterocyclic amines in meat. In addition to the possible presence of heterocyclic amines, the iron–containing pigment, haem, in red meat has been associated with an increased risk of colon cancer. One proposed reason is the degradation of haem to cytotoxic compounds in the gastrointestinal tract.

The consumption of vegetables, on the other hand, has been associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer – and it's likely that chlorophyll plays an important role. Animal studies have found that chlorophyll is able to prevent the toxic effects of haem in the colon:

Study Link – Green vegetables, red meat and colon cancer: chlorophyll prevents the cytotoxic and hyperproliferative effects of haem in rat colon.

Population–based studies in humans seem to support this detoxifying role of chlorophyll as well:

Study Link – Heme and Chlorophyll Intake and Risk of Colorectal Cancer in the Netherlands Cohort Study.

Quote from the above study:

Our data suggest an elevated risk of colon cancer in men with increasing intake of heme iron and decreasing intake of chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll may also support healthy cell growth and repair.* Numerous studies have found chlorophyll to stimulate wound healing:

Study Link – Chlorophyll and wound healing; experimental and clinical study.

In the intestines, chlorophyll thus has the potential to protect the delicate intestinal lining.

As an interesting aside relating to intestinal detoxification, chlorophyll is also a well–known internal deodorant, and is widely used to control odors in those with incontinence and colostomies:

Study Link – Deodorization of colostomies with chlorophyll.

Q. Can Green Detox help with weight loss?

A. There are several reasons why Green Detox may be particularly helpful with weight loss. Most obviously, Green Detox is a concentrated source of nutrients. During periods of caloric restriction and increased energy expenditure (i.e., diet and exercise), concentrated sources of nutrients can supply for the body's micronutrient needs without supplying additional calories.

As it contains sea vegetables, Green Detox is a particularly rich source of iodine and other trace minerals. Iodine is a necessary nutrient for proper thyroid function and healthy metabolism*, but the detoxifying properties of Green Detox may also play a role in supporting proper thyroid function, metabolism, and weight loss*.

Many environmental chemicals happen to be fat–soluble, and are largely stored in our bodies' adipose (fatty) tissue. Because adipose tissue is relatively metabolically inactive, storage of metabolism–disrupting toxins in fat cells may be our bodies' way of protecting valuable metabolic machinery from disruption via these toxins. And, because of their ubiquity and resistance to degredation, it's safe to say that nearly every man, woman, and child in the industrialized wor

 

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Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

90 capsule
Serving size 3 Capsules
Servings per container 30
Amount Per Serving
Green Detox Blend Containing:
Proprietary Blends: Japanese Cracked-Cell Chlorella 1000 mg(Chlorella pyrenoidosa), Organic Maritech Synergy 50 mg (Fucus vesiculosus Containing 85% Fucoidan), Organic Bladderwrack 750 mg(Fucus vesiculosus), Organic Wakame 300 mg (Undaria pinnatifida)
Iodine 245 mcg 164%

 Other Ingredients

Kosher vegetable capsule. Contains NO milk, egg, soy, gluten, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish.

 Directions for Green Detox

Begin with one capsule per day to assess tolerance. Increase to one capsule three times daily or as directed by a healthcare professional.

 Warnings for Green Detox

This product should not be taken by those with hyperthyroidism or sensitivity to iodine. This product should not be taken by those who are pregnant or nursing. Those taking blood-thinning medications should consult a physician before use.
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