Thursday, October 22, 2009

Super Chlorophyll Powder™ and Aflatoxin

Dr. Cutler sent an interesting article to me this morning that I thought I would post on this blog since it is so pertinent to Super Chlorophyll Powder™.

The full article can be found here.

The article discusses how a toxin, aptly named aflatoxin, produced by mold growing on legumes (peanuts, soy beans, etc.) can lead to liver cancer. Here is a quote from the article that astounded me,

"In places such as China, Vietnam and South Africa, the combination of aflatoxin and hepatitis B virus exposure increases the likelihood of liver cancer occurrence by 60 times, and toxin-related cancer causes up to 10 percent of all deaths in those nations."

These; however, aren't the only countries that are exposed to aflatoxin. Have you ever chomped down on a peanut that was slightly black and been assaulted by a pungent, sort of burnt taste, that only went away after you'd eaten twenty more good peanuts? Chances are pretty good that you just ate a peanut contaminated by the mold Aspergillus parasiticus. Aflatoxin is a toxin that can be found everywhere.

The aflatoxin produced by this mold is one of the most potent carcinogens found in nature, and, unfortunately, is quite ubiquitous. These are some of foods that can harbor A. parasiticus:

  • Cereals
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • Chili peppers
  • Black pepper
  • Coriander
  • Ginger
  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts
  • Coconuts
  • And more
Super Chlorophyll Powder™, a green powder known for its use as an antioxidant and beauty enhancer, can also help reduce the danger that occurs as a result of aflatoxin ingestion.

In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science by Egner PA, and colleagues, they found that chlorophyllin (the scientific name of Super Chlorophyll Powder™) was able to protect DNA from the damage caused by aflatoxin. Their conclusion from this study was that chlorophyllin could be an economical way to protect against this common toxin.

Some information about Super Chlorophyll Powder™:

Chlorophyll is a natural, fat-soluble molecule found in plants, and is responsible for their green color. Chlorophyllin, the form of chlorophyll commonly used in supplements, is a water-soluble version of chlorophyll that contains copper instead of magnesium as its central atom. Plants use chlorophyll to trap light needed for photosynthesis and create the energy needed to separate water to make sugar and oxygen.

Because of its unique chemical properties, chlorophyllin is able to form tight molecular complexes with chemicals that are suspected or known to cause cell damage including aromatic hydrocarbons in tobacco smoke; some heterocyclic amines found in cooked meat; and aflatoxin-B1, a toxin produced by fungi found in food products such as corn, peanuts and soy products.
Super Chlorophyll Powder™ is a green powder that is mixed with water and has a light mint flavor.

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