Detoxification is not just about purging our blood, cells and organs of toxins. A good detox program is always nourishing as well as cleansing. Due to the diet limitations of many detox diets, our bodies may lack the proper nutrients for the full effect of the detox. The most important aspect of any detox is to maintain good health and we do not want to jeopardize our health during any part of the program. Please read our article on How The Body Detoxify Itself to understand the roles supplements play in a safe and effective detox.
The amount of supplementation you need will vary based on your personal level of health, how your body absorb the supplements, and on the details of your specific detox program. We recommend consulting a nutritionist or a holistic health practitioner to fine-tune this aspect of your program, especially if you are not in good health.
Daily Suggested Detox Supplementation
Below is a list of common supplements that are taken during a detox program. We recommend getting these vitamins and minerals from natural and organic source including vegetables and fruits but they may also be taken as dietary supplements. Research on the effect of each vitamin can be found on various health websites as well as by consulting your health care provider.
Vitamin C 500-2000 mg.
Vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate) 200-400 mg.
Vitamin A 5,000-7,500 IU
Beta Carotene 15,000-30,000 IU
Bioflavonoids 200-1000 mg.
Thiamine (B1) 10-25 mg.
Riboflavin (B2) 10-25 mg.
Niacinamide (B3) 50 mg
Niacin (B3) 50-2000 mg.
Pantothenic acid (B5) 250-500 mg
Pyridoxine (B6) 10-25 mg.
Cobalamin (B12) 50-100 mcg
Folic acid 400-800 mcg.
Zinc (picolinate or oxide) 10-30 mg.
Magnesium 500 mg.
Manganese (gluconate) 5-10 mg.
Copper (gluconate) 1-3 mg.
Molybdenum (sodium molybdate) 50-200 mcg.
Selenium 50-200 mg.
L-cysteine 100-300 mg.
L-glutathione 50-200 mg.
L-methionine 250-500 mg.
Silymarin (milk thistle)
Decaffeinated green tea
Herbs and Other Natural Supplements
On top of vital vitamins and minerals our body may benefit from the addition of other natural herbs and oils to balance out our diet. Remember, the purpose of supplements is not as a direct cure for illness but rather to promote general health and body equilibrium. When used in this manner, proper dietary supplementation can have profound benefits for our health. The following is a list of natural herbs and oils that may aid in your detox program.
Flaxseed oil 1-2 tablespoons
Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for health and are virtually absent from the western diet. Current ratios of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids in the modern diet run as high as 20-1 or even 30-1. The ideal is close to 1:1. This has serious implications in terms of overall inflammation in body tissue and heart health. Supplementation with Omega-3 fatty acids is essential.
Psyllium seed 2-4 teaspoons
Psyllium seed is a lubricating mucilaginous fiber used as a gentle bulking and laxative agent. The mucilage in the seeds expands eight to fourteen times the size of the original seeds. This can also create a feeling of fullness, decreasing one’s desire to overeat. Psyllium fiber works as a broom, sweeping the intestinal tract of toxins. Be sure to drink lots of water when using psyllium as a cleansing agent!
Pumpkin seed helps the body expel parasites and is also highly nutritive, containing beneficial linolenic acid.
Red clover a very strong blood purifier. It is used as a tonic for the nerves and as a sedative for nervous exhaustion.
Slippery Elm is used to neutralize stomach acidity and absorbs foul gases and toxins. It draws out impurities and heals and soothes all parts of the body. Especially the mucous membranes, adrenal glands, stomach, bowels, lungs.
Yarrow: Yarrow acts as a blood cleanser, opens the pores to permit free perspiration for elimination of waste, relieving the kidneys. It also helps to regulate the function of the liver, tones the mucous membranes of the intestines,and heals the glandular system.
Violet leaf is an anti-fungal, demulcent, diuretic, and laxative. It is safe and soothing, rich in beta carotene and vitamin C.
Witch hazel bark, twigs, and leaves are high in flavonoids that help heal damaged blood vessels. This plant is also somewhat antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
Yellow Dock is one of the best blood builders in the herb kingdom. Stimulates elimination.
Yucca root is effective as an laxative agent. It helps break down organic waste in the body. One of its primary uses in folk medicine is to relieve the inflammation associated with arthritis.
Alpha lipoic acid
Aloe Vera has the ability to promote healing in the body and boost the immune system.
Important Information Regarding Vitamin E
Several decades ago, a mistake was made in evaluating vitamin E that determined that the only active fraction in the E complex was d-alpha tocopherol. That mistake has cost us dearly in terms of health, and like all “health establishment” mistakes, it will take years and years and years to rectify. Already, there is incontrovertible proof that of the eight fractions that comprise vitamin E, d-alpha is, at best, number five in terms of importance. The four tocotrienol fractions are more important, and even among the four tocopherols, gamma tocopherol is more important. And yet, 99% of all vitamin E supplements contain only the d-alpha fraction, and according to the FDA, the only fraction you can “measure” as vitamin E is d-alpha. Unfortunately, changing established “rules” in the health industry, even when proof is widely available is like turning an oil tanker. It takes miles and miles and miles — and a great deal of effort.
Bottom line: use only a complete E that contains all 4 tocopherols and all 4 tocotrienols or better yet, eat foods high in Vitamin E– just like Mother Nature intended.
For more information on why vitamins and other nutrients are required to maintain good health and for a safe detox program, please read How The Body Detoxify Itself.