Chlorella is the cousin to spirulina and has been a common supplement in Eastern societies for years. Why? Because chlorella contains many vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, folic acid, zinc, and vitamins A, C, B6, B12, and E. It’s also packed with protein.
Research shows that chlorella may be beneficial in the following 7 ways:
1. Heavy Metal Detoxification: Many of us have accumulated heavy metals in our bodies, whether it’s from eating mercury-laden fish or even from the metal found in our tooth fillings. One study found that chlorella absorbs heavy metals in the body and helps prevent toxic accumulation1. In the study, chlorella absorbed 40 percent of the heavy metals in the test solution in seven days.
2. Immune System Support: The effects chlorella has on the immune system has been studied in both healthy subjects and those with compromised immune systems. One study found that chlorella supports the immune-regulating response in healthy patients. In unhealthy patients, the immune system functions returned to or remained at almost normal levels with 20 grams + 150 ml daily chlorella supplementation over the two-year study2.
3. Breast Milk Quality: Most mothers don’t understand how many toxins they consume orally or through their skin on a daily basis. These toxins can then be passed on to their newborn children through the mother’s breast milk. One study examined the effects that supplementing with 6 grams of chlorella per day had on breast milk quality3. It was found that chlorella increased immunoglobulin (an essential antibody in the immune system) concentrations in breast milk. The study also revealed that women who were supplementing with chlorella had lower levels of dioxins in their breast milk. Dioxins have been linked to developmental problems as well as hormone imbalance and a weakened immune system.
4. Better Body Composition: Chlorella can help fight obesity and obesity-related health problems. A recent clinical study discovered that chlorella supplementation led to a reduction in body fat percentage, total cholesterol, and blood glucose levels4.
5. Reduction of Oxidative Stress: Oxidative stress, caused by pollution, stress, or a poor diet, can make us age faster. Researchers found that chlorella greatly reduced oxidative stress in chronic cigarette smokers5.
6. Blood Pressure Regulation: If you suffer from high blood pressure, chlorella may help you get back to and maintain a healthy level. One study in hypertensive patients found that 1.5 grams of pure chlorella per day resulted in decreased blood pressure over six months, as well as lowered hypertension-related symptoms6.
7. Fibromyalgia Symptom Reduction: If you suffer from fibromyalgia (a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues), chlorella may help to alleviate some of these symptoms. A study showed that participants with fibromyalgia who supplemented with 10 grams of chlorella each day reported improvements in sleep and well-being7. They also experienced reductions in pain and fatigue during the course of the three-month study.
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1. Heavy metal sorption by microalgae, 1996
2. Dietary Chlorella pyrenoidosa for patients with malignant glioma: Effects on immunocompetence, quality of life, and survival, December 1990
3. Chlorella (Chlorella pyrenoidosa) Supplementation Decreases Dioxin and Increases Immunoglobulin A Concentrations in Breast Milk, 1 May 2007
4. Nutrigenomic Studies of Effects of Chlorella on Subjects with High-Risk Factors for Lifestyle-Related Disease, 18 Sep 2008
5. Investigation of the effects of Chlorella vulgaris supplementation on the modulation of oxidative stress in apparently healthy smokers, 2013;59(5-6):579-87
6. Clinical effects of chlorella in hypertensive men, 1995
7. Nutritional Supplementation with Chlorella pyrenoidosa for Fibromyalgia Syndrome: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Crossover Study, 16 Jan 2010