Chlorella, a freshwater unicellular green algae, is one of the most researched algae in the world. They often refer to it as the almost perfect food, since research that has been done over the years has identified that it has a great number of amazing health benefits. However, it is well known for its ability to detoxify your body, binding toxins and expelling them from your system.
Impressive Range of Benefits for the Health of Chlorella
As you will see, chlorella seems to fill the description of a “nutrient wonder” because it plays much more than a single function. Here are some examples of the health benefits associated with this green algae:
It repairs the nervous tissues
Increase the energy level
Strengthens the immune system
Normalizes blood sugar
Improve your digestion
Normalizes blood pressure
Promotes pH levels in the intestine, which in turn helps the “good” bacteria grow
Remove potentially toxic metals from the body
Improves the ability to focus and attention
Eliminates bad breath
Chlorella can also be beneficial for vegetarians and vegans seeking protein and vitamin B from a source other than animal. About 60 percent of the algae is protein and because it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs, it is considered a “complete protein.”
Chlorella is rich in:
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)
7 Diseases That Chlorella Could Help Prevent or Treat
As I mentioned earlier, chlorella is and has been investigated for a series of benefits to treat diseases. Here is a list of six problems and diseases in which chorella could be particularly beneficial.
Insulin resistance – Earlier this year, researchers discovered that chlorella has the ability to improve insulin sensitivity
As I have said on numerous occasions, excessive consumption of fructose is the number one cause of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. In this study in animals, the rats, after being fed with food rich in fructose for four weeks, they were given chlorella three times a day for five days, as a result their elevated glucose-insulin values dropped and normalized.
The authors concluded that: “The oral administration of chlorella has the ability to improve insulin sensitivity, and this can be used as an adjuvant therapy for patients with insulin resistance.”
Detoxification It is particularly useful when used together with an infrared sauna and is taken 2 hours before entering the sauna. This way the chlorella will be in your gut ready to join the toxins that are released when you are in the sauna. It will bind irreversibly to the toxins and eliminate them safely when you have your bowel movement.
Diabetes – Additional evidence supporting the theory that chlorella can improve insulin sensitivity can be found in the previous study. Here, it was discovered that algae improves insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake in the liver of rats with type 1 diabetes. The authors suggest that chlorella hypoglycemic effects could be due to the absorption of glucose in the liver and in the soleus muscles.
Another mechanism could be related to the decrease in levels of non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA), since insulin sensitivity is often inhibited by high non-esterified fatty acids in type 1 diabetes.
Hypertension – The results of a double-blind placebo-controlled study published two years ago suggest that chlorella could significantly lower high blood pressure as well as borderline hypertension. The authors proposed that this could be a beneficial food supplement to prevent hypertension, without apparent adverse side effects.
Anemia, proteinuria and edema in pregnant women – Hypertension and anemia are common during pregnancy and are also potentially dangerous. One of the main causes of these diseases is the nutritional status of women. A study published last year found that chlorella could help improve both diseases in pregnant women, this is probably because chlorella has high levels of folate, vitamin B12 and iron.
The participants took six grams of chlorella a day, starting around week 12 or 18 of pregnancy, until the day of delivery. The group that used chlorella had significantly lower rates of anemia compared to the control group. There were also fewer cases of proteinuria and edema; two symptoms related to hypertension induced by pregnancy.
Also in this case, the authors concluded that: “The chlorella supplement could serve as a natural source of folate, vitamin B12 and iron for pregnant women.”
Fibromyalgia – Although the individual results were varied, it might be worth considering the use of chlorella if you suffer from fibromyalgia. A study published in 2002, tested the effectiveness of two commercial products available based on chlorella in patients who were diagnosed with fibromyalgia and the overall results showed a decrease of 22 percent in the intensity of pain.
However, while seven of the patients reported an improvement in the symptoms of fibromyalgia, six others did not report an effect at all and five more claimed that their symptoms had worsened during the test … So keep this in mind if you decide try it While it may help some, for others it may not work at all.
Liver Cancer – A study published in 2009 found that chlorella triggers cell death (apoptosis) in cancer cells in the liver of rats, suggesting that it could be useful in preventing liver cancer. The authors concluded that: “Our study shows that chlorella definitely has chemopreventive effects by inducing apoptosis by decreasing Bcl-2 expression and increasing caspase-8 in rats with induced hepatocarcinogenesis.”
For more information about the results of the studies, visit the page of Green Med Info that talks about Chlorella and in which they list more than 40 diseases that could obtain some type of benefit from this algae.
Chlorella – A Powerful Detoxification Agent
The toxicity of heavy metals, like chemical toxicity, have become one of the most worrisome health damages of our days and this is where chlorella can be extremely useful. Its ability to bind to heavy metal toxins, allowing them to be safely eliminated from the body, has been well established. It is particularly important for the elimination of systemic mercury, since most of the mercury is eliminated through faeces.
Once the load of mercury falls from the intestines, the mercury from other tissues of the body can move to the intestine more easily, then the chlorella will take care of removing it from there.
You can also add coriander, since it works as a synergistic detoxification aid along with chlorella. This combination is particularly useful when you consume seafood, since most of them are contaminated with heavy metals and chemicals. Ideally, you should take it with food so that chlorella can bind directly to the toxins while they are in the intestine, before your body absorbs them.
In order to optimize the detoxification of heavy metals, you will want to take at least four grams of chlorella a day, last a whole year.
Keep in mind that side effects may occur. As your body begins to detoxify, you may begin to experience mild nausea and / or mild diarrhea. If these symptoms become very annoying, what you should do is reduce the initial dose and increase it little by little. As soon as your body cleanses of toxins, these side effects should disappear.
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