The website Green Med Info has made a list of studies that found evidence of more than 40 medical conditions that can be prevented or eased with the help of chlorella. Some of the conditions include Anemia, Acute Stress, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Diabetes, and Liver Cancer.
According to one of these studies:
“Chlorella Vulgaris (CV) has been reported to have antioxidant and anticancer properties … Our study shows that CV has definite chemopreventive effect by inducing apoptosis … in hepatocarcinogenesis [liver cancer] induced rats”.
Chlorella is single-celled freshwater alga that belongs to the phylum Chlorophyta. It is one of the most widely researched algae throughout the world. For many researchers, chlorella is a near-perfect food due to its astounding range of health benefits.
Health Benefits of Chlorella!
Here is a list of the health benefits associated with this amazing green algae:
- Increasing your energy levels
- Repairing nerve tissues
- Stabilizing your blood sugar levels
- Stabilizing your blood pressure
- Removing harmful substances from your body
- Improving your focus and concentrate
- Promoting balanced pH levels in your gut, which allows good bacteria to thrive
- Boosting your immune system
- Eliminating bad breath
- Improving digestion
Chlorella is extremely beneficial for vegetarians and vegans because it is full of proteins and B vitamins. In addition to this, chlorella also contains high amounts of Iron, GABA, and Folate.
Six Medical Conditions Chlorella May Help Prevent or Treat
- Insulin resistance – at the beginning of this year, researchers have found that chlorella can help improve fructose-induced insulin sensitivity. As you probably know, high consumption of fructose is the most prevalent cause of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. In this animal study, rats were first fed with fructose-rich chow for four weeks. After that, they were given chlorella three times a day for five days. The results have shown that chlorella has the ability to improve insulin resistance. According to the researchers, this may be used as an adjuvant therapy for patients with insulin resistance.
- Detoxification – chlorella can be very helpful when used in combination with an infrared sauna. If you take chlorella two hours before you go to the sauna, this amazing alga will bind to the toxins that are released when you are in the sauna. It will bind irreversibly to the toxins and be safely removed from the body when you have your bowel movement.
- Diabetes – it was discovered that chlorella has the ability to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake in the liver in type 1 diabetic rats. The researchers suggest that the improved glucose uptake in the liver and the soleus muscles could be due to the powerful hypoglycemic effects of chlorella. The improved insulin sensitivity after Chlorella treatment could also be a result of lower NEFA levels since insulin sensitivity is usually reduced by elevated NEFA in type 1 diabetes.
- Hypertension – the results from a placebo-controlled, double-blind study conducted a few years ago has shown that chlorella can be used as a dietary supplement to prevent hypertension, without causing any side effects.
- Anemia, proteinuria, and edema in pregnant women – hypertension and anemia caused by pregnancy are common and potentially dangerous. The biggest cause for these conditions is the nutritional status of women. One of the primary causes of these conditions is the woman’s nutritional status. According to a study published last year, chlorella has the ability to significantly reduce the risk of both of these conditions in pregnant women as a result of its high amounts of iron, folate, and B12.
- Fibromyalgia – A 2000 study tested the effectiveness of two chlorella-based products on patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and the results showed a reduction of 22 percent in pain intensity. But, while seven patients have experienced significant improvements, six didn’t notice any improvements, and five reported that their symptoms had worsened during research.
- Liver cancer— a 2009 study has shown that chlorella causes cell death (apoptosis) in rat liver cancer cells. These results suggest that this alga may help prevent liver cancer. As noted by the authors, “Our study shows that chlorella has definite chemopreventive effect by inducing apoptosis via decreasing the expression of Bcl-2 and increasing the expression of caspase 8 in hepatocarcinogenesis induced rats.”
Chlorella is a Powerful Detox Agent
Chlorella’s ability to bind to heavy metal toxins and help the body to safely remove them has been well-documented. This alga is especially useful for mercury elimination since the majority of mercury is removed through your stool. Once the mercury accumulation is reduced in your intestines, mercury from other tissues will enter into your intestines more easily, allowing chlorella to get rid of it.
Additionally, you can also add cilantro, which works as a synergetic detoxification aid along the chlorella. This fantastic combination can be very helpful when you eat seafood because the majority of seafood is contaminated with heavy metals and harmful chemicals. It is recommended to take chlorella during your meal so it can bind directly to the toxins before they are absorbed into your body. In order to experience the most of chlorella’s health benefits, you should take at least four grams of chlorella every day, year-round.
However, be aware that side effects may happen at the start of the detoxification process. If you experience symptoms of slight nausea, and/or mild diarrhea, you should reduce your dose initially, and then slowly increase the dose. When your body starts removing the toxins, these side effects will disappear. Also, don’t forget that infrared sauna is another great detox option.
The Key to Chlorella’s Effectiveness
The key to chlorella’s powerful detoxing properties lies within its membrane but note that the fibrous cell wall of chlorella is indigestible to humans. For that reason, the majority of chlorella products use the term “broken cell wall,” to describe that the algae have been rendered digestible. If your chlorella product doesn’t specifically tell you that the cell wall has been broken, it means that you are throwing your money away.
How to Determine the Quality of a Chlorella Product?
Except making sure that it is “broken cell wall” chlorella, it is of utmost importance to pay attention to the nutritional profile of the end product. This not only helps you evaluate the quality of chlorella but the quality of any other product as well. Note that according to the legal requirements, a natural product should contain plus or minus 20 percent of the stated level of any nutritional component. For that reason, you should only buy products from reputable companies only, as they are more likely to stick to the processes that increase your chances of getting the nutrients that are stated on the label. Additionally, according to the recent changes of the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), companies are required to list their phone number and website on every label, which makes it a lot easier to investigate company claims.
The questions you should ask when calling a company:
- How often do you test batches for nutritional consistency?
- You should also ask about Certificate of Analysis, known as the ‘C of A’, or a specification sheet (‘spec sheet’), which are documents that itemize every single test that the final product gets tested for.
- How and where is the chlorella grown?
- Does the producer test chlorella products for heavy metal contamination? Every producer of high-quality products conducts heavy metal analysis on a regular basis, for which there should also be verifiable papers. In addition to this, organic producers must stick to even more stringent rules in order to become certified organic, which is a clear sign high-quality product.