(Adapted from FX Medicine, Bioceuticals Trade Journal: Summer 2014 Vol 72)
Here are some recommended nutrients and greens to consume during your detox process:
High quality protein such as whole brown rice or whey protein provides a complete amino acid profile that is essential for phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification pathways. The chief detoxification amino acids are cysteine, glycine, glutamine, methionine and taurine.
Lipotrophic nutrients such as choline, methionine, folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are useful to promote the flow of bile from the liver – which is one of the primary routes for the elimination of modified toxins. Once the liver has processed toxins, most waste molecules are placed in the bile and sent to the gallbladder en route for faecel excretion. If the flow of bile is inhibited (cholestasis), toxins cannot be efficiently removed.
Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E zince and B vitamins present in fruits and vegetables are involved in the first and intermediate phases of liver detoxification.
Broccoli sprouts (broccoli plants that are 3-4 days old) are high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and sulforaphane (SFN). SFN is a potent inducer of phase 2 detoxification enzymes and assists in the protection against carcinogens.
Chlorella which is very rich in flavonoids chlorophyll is valuable in detoxification. Chlorophyll can for tight molecular complexes with selected chemicals, such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons, heterocyclic amines and aflatoxin-B1. The tight binding of chlorophyll to toxins may interfere with their absorption from the gastrointestinal tract and consequently reduce the amount that reaches susceptible tissues. Chlorella also binds to heavy metals (mercury, lead and cadmium) and other toxins to help remove them from the body.
When the body is acidic, it is more susceptible to diseases. Eating foods that have a higher pH than others, such as alkalising greens helps the body keep the pH in balance.
Nettle is high in betacarotene, vitamins C and K, calcium and potassium, which is involved in the fluid balancing function of the kidneys.
Spirulina is nutritious blue – green algae that have high concentrations of protein, B vitamins, phenylalanine and iron and other minerals, with the ability to modulate immune functions and exhibit anti-inflammatory properties by inhibiting the release of histamine by mast cells. Controlled trials and systematic reviews suggest that this algae may improve several symptoms and may even have anticancer, antiviral and anti-allergic effects.
Alfafa is a good source of vitamins A, C, E and K, and minerals calcium, iron, phosphotus and potassium. Alfafa leaves also contain tripene glycosides including medicagol, which appear to have antifungal and antibacterial activity and its diuretic action, may assist with the detox process.
Wheatgrass contains vitamins A, C and E, iron, calcium, magnesium and amino acids, with high amounts of chlorophyll. Wheatgrass is used orally for removing deposits of drugs, heavy metals and carcinogens from the body as well as neutralising toxins, removing toxins from the liver and removing toxins from the blood stream.
Acai berry contains several fatty acids; the most abundant being monounsaturated fatty acid. This berry also contains several anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins and other flavonoids, which are natural antioxidants. Acai has more antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry or blueberry.
Kale is a leafy green vegetable that belongs to the brassica family. Researchers have identified over 45 different antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoids in kale, as well as high amounts of vitamin K, vitamin C and fibre.
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