Two new studies demonstrate this prenatal supplement may help protect pregnant women and their babies from a hidden danger lurking in food.
May 13, 2014 (Newswire) - A few years ago, women were horrified to find that despite careful dietary choices, their breast milk contained traces of several environmental toxins including dioxin.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dioxin is an extremely toxic chemical. It has been linked to cancer, reproductive problems and immune problems. It disrupts hormones and interferes with healthy fetal development. And it's found throughout the food supply - particularly in meat, dairy, eggs, and seafood.
No mother is safe from this contaminant. While dioxin levels in breast milk have been decreasing in studies conducted in the European Union, the WHO found dioxin to be present in breast milk worldwide.
"Dioxin contamination of breast milk is a frighteningly common problem pregnant women have to contend with," acknowledges Dr. Mark Drucker, MD. "However, there are some things women can do to help minimize dioxin creeping into their bodies and contaminating the nutrition they pass on to their child. First women can eat less animal products. Dioxin is persistent, hard to metabolize and get rid of. It accumulates in animal fats. So the higher you eat up the food chain, the more dioxin you'll get. Evidence shows a diet low in animal products may help minimize your exposure."
In one study conducted in South Africa, researchers were surprised to find black women had lower levels of dioxin than white women. They realized that because white women tended to be in a higher income bracket, they also ate more meat, dairy and eggs. Black South African women tended to eat a diet higher in grains and vegetables with less animal products. Hence, they consumed less dioxins in their diet. Similarly, German women who were vegetarian had lower dioxin levels than German women who were not.
Nonetheless, vegetarian women still find dioxin in their breast milk. And according to researchers, no level of dioxin is safe or healthy.
"For that reason, I recommend all pregnant and breast-feeding women - both vegetarian and omnivore - should consider adding chlorella supplements to their prenatal vitamins," says Dr. Drucker. "Two recent clinical studies demonstrate how powerful chlorella can be in helping women minimize the risk of dioxin contamination."
Concerned about the levels of dioxin passing to newborn infants, a group of Japanese researchers undertook studying how chlorella may help pregnant women as a prenatal supplement. The researchers measured dioxin levels of 44 pregnant women, looking at their placenta, cord blood, breast milk, blood and fat. Then they divided the women into two groups. One of the groups started supplementing with chlorella while pregnant.
They found that the women who supplemented with chlorella had 30% less dioxin in their breast milk than the women who didn't. And they had 26% less dioxin in their cord blood - the blood that flows between the mother and the baby via the umbilical cord.
A second study yielded even more encouraging results . . .
Again a group of pregnant women was divided into two groups. Half of the women supplemented with 6 grams of chlorella each day for six months, starting during the 12th to 16th week of their pregnancy. They supplemented with chlorella at every meal.
In this study, not only did the women who took chlorella have close to 50% less dioxin and other contaminants in their breast milk compared to the control group, but they had an additional gift for their children. Their breast milk contained more of the antibody immunoglobulin A - a key part of an infants' developing immune system - than the breast milk of the women who didn't supplement did.
"Health experts agree that the benefits of breastfeeding trump the risk from dioxin contamination," notes Dr. Drucker. "However, this new research demonstrates women don't have to compromise either way. High in protein, chlorophyll, B vitamins, lutein and other essential vitamins and minerals, chlorella provides an amazing spectrum of nutrition for a growing baby. And as these studies demonstrate, its prenatal benefits may go even further. Chlorella may help limit how much dioxin your body absorbs and help your body excrete it faster. And as a result, your baby will be exposed to less dioxin, too."
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About Mark Drucker, M.D.
Dr. Mark Drucker earned his Medical degree and Bachelor of Sciences degree form the University of Tennessee. Dr. Drucker began his medical career 23 years ago specializing in nutritional and natural medicine. Dr. Drucker is co-host of the popular radio talk show "Health Talk, A Second Opinion," is a distinguished speaker on natural health topics, and is the co-founder and Medical Director of the Center for Advanced Medicine. He is a certified member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging medicine, the American Academy of General Physicians, and a Diplomat Candidate of the American Board of Chelation Therapy, as well as a fellow member of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine.
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