Formal Name: Sodium or Calcium hypochlorite
Supplement Forms: Pills, food, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) 0.12 - 0.93 g/day
  • Children: (1 to 13 Years) 1.2 - 3.8 g/day
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) 1.5 - 3.8 g/day
  • Adults: (19 and older) 1.3 - 3.8 g/day
  • Lactating Women: 1.5 - 3.8 g/day
  • Pregnant Women: 1.5 - 3.8 g/day

Notes: g stands for grams.

Additional Information

Chloride is a versatile mineral that usually comes from sodium chloride which is also known as table salt. It is uniquely attached to sodium when it comes to physiological processes as the level of sodium is usually also the level of chloride. When sodium levels are high, so are chloride and the opposite is also true. Chloride is generally found in the extracellular fluid maintaining alkali-acid balance and inter cellular pressure.

Bodily Functions That Chloride Assists In

Chloride is vital in the production of hydrochloric acid which helps regulate the acidity level within the body. It is also needed to maintain an equal pressure level between cells and fluids in tissues. Chloride bonds with potassium, in a compound form of potassium chloride, and is essential for the production of hydrochloric acid within the stomach. Hydrochloric acid is required to ensure proper protein digestion. Chloride is also involved in maintaining fluid and electrolyte levels within the body.

Symptoms Of Deficiency:
  • Low blood pressure
  • Chronic weakness and fatigue
  • Development of alkalosis - low body acid level
  • Electrolyte imbalance
Foods High In Chloride

The form of chlorine supplied via foods is usually a form that is combined with sodium called sodium chloride. It can be found in salt, barley, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, melon, pineapple, wheat and other grains.

Ailments That Chloride Helps Against:
  • Treats metabolic alkalosis
  • Contributes in treatment of excessive dehydration
  • Used to prevent large decreases in blood volume
  • Helps replenish electrolytes
Side Effects/Toxicity

No known toxicity or side effect factors. Excess chloride is excreted from the body through urine.