Algin has great therapeutic value as a heavy metal detoxifying agent.. When added to the diet as a component of edible brown seaweed, algin powder, or sodium alginate, it can bind heavy metals present in the food stream and carry them out with the stool, since algin is generally not digestible(Schecter.1997).
Excretory algin tends to bind metal ions presented in the small intestine from distal body locations. A complex diffusion gradient transport system will move poisonous metal atoms a few at a time to the intestine for probable binding to insoluble dietary fiber. Apparently this is a way of removing hazardous metals in a way which avoids damaging the kidneys. Regular eating of even small amounts of brown algae can be an ongoing metal detoxification practice which can reduce the quenching of enzymes by heavy metals.
Hair analysis can be a better predictor of excess metal poisoning than blood or urine analysis because the body seems to use the sulfhydral groups in hair proteins as an excretory mechanism which also protects the kidneys. If a patient presents with relatively high levels of toxic metals in hair, blood, or urine, the addition of 3-5 grams brown seaweed to the daily diet will help remove those metals from the body, but not the hair, of course.
Using brown algae as part of an aggressive metal removal treatment plan is recommended for both acute and chronic exposures and actu
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