Whether many people are aware of it or not, synthetic pesticides have played an influential role in shaping modern life since the 1950s. Pesticides have been used throughout history, but the widespread use of several chemical based ones only became prominent after WW2 (Tudi 20211). They were created to control pest infestations from harming agricultural production but have since been shown to have many other unintended consequences on human and ecological health. They've been linked as a potential factor in widespread chronic disease and illness because of both their toxicity and extensive presence in daily life (Nicolopoulou-Stamati 20162). Ecological contamination from pesticides has made exposure to them essentially unavoidable. So far, research has shown their ability to disrupt the human microbiome, nutritionally deplete the food supply, cause immunological problems, and cause short and long term toxicity symptoms as major issues with their rampant use (Nicolopoulou-Stamati 20162).
These relatively recent findings about pesticide dangers and toxicity have prompted a keen public interest in methods for supporting detoxification from them. Chlorella is one of few substances with well-proven benefits for this purpose (Nanda 20193). It can detoxify heavy metals often present, can help repair some of the harm pesticides can cause to the gut microbiome, and supports good immune health (Ravichandran 20114, Nishimoto 20215). Before delving deeper into the mechanisms of how chlorella assists with pesticide detoxification, it's first important to understand the ways in which pesticide toxins enter the body and cause health disruptions.
Pesticides are used in essentially all conventional agriculture practices (Tudi 20211). Most crops are less productive and vulnerable to pests or pathogens without it. The addition of pesticides and fertilizers to soil can destroy the natural microbial ecosystems plants usually need to grow. This causes further reliance on these chemical additions to artificially replace natural processes (Aktar 20096).
While pesticide residue is found on most produce and food products, a more insidious byproduct of its use is the contamination of water sources, natural flora and fauna, and wildlife. Pesticide use spreads far beyond the intended crop to infiltrate entire ecosystems, where it can accumulate and become increasingly toxic (Tudi 20211).
Pesticide use can have acute toxicity affects in humans in high concentrations; causing symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and migraines (Kim 20177). What is more common however are the many dangerous effects seen from long-term exposure, even in low concentrations. One effect that has been documented is the disruption of essential proteins that create the web-like structure of the gut membrane (Yuan 20198). The denigration of this essential membrane has caused an epidemic of "leaky gut syndrome". When the gut membrane is overly permeable, the body cannot filter between substances that should be able to enter the body or harmful ones, which wreaks havoc on the immune system and overall health.
Long-term exposure to pesticides has also been linked to various forms of cancer (Alavanja 20049). Chronic inflammation and oxidative damage can be cancer risk factors that arise from poor gut membrane integrity, but there is also another component of pesticides known to increase cancer rates (Shacter 200210). This substance is various heavy metals which are common contaminants in pesticides that end up in the food supply (Defarge 201811). Heavy metals can accumulate in the body and cause severe health issues, particularly with long-term exposure and insufficient detoxification. Heavy metals have been linked to cancer, chronic inflammation, as well as neurological issues (Alengebawy 202112).
The impacts of chlorella in combating these issues is two-fold. Chlorella is a chelating agent that is able to bind with heavy metals and effectively remove them before they can pass through the gut membrane and cause harm (Nanda 20193). This is a unique property not commonly found in natural food substances. Additionally, chlorella can have profound positive effects in repairing gut health and reversing leaky gut syndrome. Chlorella actively repairs the gut membrane, supports the gut bacteria populations, and fights inflammation (Bito 202013).
All of this is to say that pesticide use is an under examined public health issue with massive consequences. Minimizing exposure is an important step in avoiding the toxic nature of many of those substances, as well as supporting natural detoxification to an unavoidable amount of exposure. Chlorella is one of the best options for this purpose, as well as for promoting overall health.
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