My MetalloClear Experience

My doctor prescribed MetalloClear by Metagenics for me due to high levels of mercury and lead in my system according to my urinalysis. 

Starting Levels:
Mercury: 9.8 (the test considers anything less than 4 an acceptable level).
Lead: 6 (the test considers anything less than 2 an acceptable level).

Ending Levels:
See this blog post.

I wish I had found some reviews of this stuff online, or other people's experiences with it when I first started, but there wasn't much out there.  That's why I decided to blog through my experience and provide a bit more information here for anyone wondering what MetalloClear is all about.

MetalloClear is a dietary supplement that comes in a bottle with 180 tablets.  It is supposed to "up-regulate the genetic expression of enzymes involved in the metabolism of some heavy metals". The supplements are pretty big in my opinion (3/4 inch in length & 1/4 inch in width), un-coated, they taste bad and are kind of hard to swallow. They're not horse pills by any means, but they are on the bigger side. I was prescribed 2 bottles and advised to finish all 360 tablets.  The recommended dose is 3 in the morning and 3 at night, taking a total of 2 months to get through the detox.  However, my body could not seem to handle a higher dose than 2 in the morning and 1 at night so I stayed at that dose pretty much throughout the whole detox and it took me a little over 4 months to finish (18 weeks). You can read about my experience week by week in my blog posts. 

I did experience some side effects such as: headaches, stomach upset and digestive issues, blood sugar issues, swollen joints, muscle aches and mental/mood swings. This happened mostly when I tried to increase my dosage beyond the 2/1.  Whenever I would cut back on my dose, the symptoms would disappear. However, even at 2/1, I did struggle with some headaches and digestive upset that I have to attribute to the MetalloClear because prior to taking these, my digestive system was top notch and I couldn't remember the last time I had a headache. Overall, I just felt pretty lousy during the whole experience. (I should note that, per my doctor, some of the side effects could have been from the mercury moving around my system as it was being detoxed, and not necessarily from the Metalloclear itself.  I just needed to take the detox slower). As you can see though, the side effects were nothing life threatening or serious like you can experience with other heavy metal detox regimes. Also, it's important to remember that everyone is different and your experience with MetalloClear may be different than mine.

I did feel really off for about a week and a half after I finished.  I was having very odd dizziness sensations that I hadn't had since last year and just felt really off. My doctor told me that there is no withdrawal from stopping the Metalloclear, but I have to believe there is some sort of adjustment period because there is really no other explanation for what I went through the first (roughly) 10 days after stopping.  I did start probiotics again, so maybe it was that, but I'm leaning more towards the Metalloclear. I feel better now though so it was definitely something my body was working out. 

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