15 Ways Chlorella May Boost Your Health

15 Ways Chlorella May Boost Your Health

Chlorella is nutrient-packed single cell algae species frequently used in food, beauty and personal care products across the globe. Its popularity has been surging in recent years as evidence for its many health benefits have been growing stronger each year. Chlorella offers a unique alternative to traditional nutrition supplementation with its diverse and balanced array of vitamins, minerals, and other health-boosting nutrient compounds. Many consumers appreciate that chlorella is a whole food produced with minimal processing to maintain high concentrations of intact valuable nutrients. There are plenty of organic and climate conscious sourcing options available as well, making it an environmentally friendly choice free of toxins.

 

The emerging evidence of chlorella's benefits has led to a wide number of health claims with varying levels of scientific support to back them up. Below are some of the most prominent ways chlorella has been shown to improve health.

 

Immune Support

Chlorella has been shown to help support immune function in complex and multi-faceted ways. The basics of this function is due to the fact that chlorella has properties that combat chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation occurs for a host of reasons and can lead to damaging wear and tear on the body's internal systems, as well as a fatigued and overworked immune system. The antioxidant properties of chlorella are one of its main defences against this. The antioxidants can bind to reactive molecules in the body called "free radicals". Free radicals can be ingested or can be created from external environmental sources such as x-rays, pollution, or chemical exposure, making them largely unavoidable. Chlorella offers a simple way to reduce the harm from these molecules, effectively supporting the immune system. (Jung Hyun Kwak, Seung Han Baek, Yongje Woo, et al1)

 

 

Detoxification

Not unrelated to chlorella's ability to support the immune system is its ability to help detoxify the body. Environmental toxins are a major source of inflammatory triggers unfortunately present in everyday items. Toxins like heavy metals can be present in common items like pesticide residues on food, medications, water contaminants, dental care, and even in the air we breathe! Like most free radical damage, it's somewhat unavoidable. Luckily, chlorella has repeatedly been shown to bind to these reactive metals, and to effectively help remove them from the body. This heightens the support it offers in relieving the immune system of unnecessary stressors. (José Joaquín Merino, José María Parmigiani-Izquierdo, Adolfo Toledano Gasca, et al2)

 

 

Liver Support

Proper liver function is a key component of good health which chlorella can play a role in supporting. The liver is a meeting point between the digestive system, and the circulatory system. It's where many nutrients go to be processed and sent to their intended destinations. It's also where non-nutrient chemicals go to be broken down and excreted from the body as waste. With these functions in mind, chlorella's ability to bind to heavy metal toxins reduces liver stress and improves liver health. Additionally, some promising research has been done on chlorella's ability to improve fasting blood sugar and lipid profiles. Both indicators of these measurements indicate non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, so their improvement signifies improved liver health (Mehrangiz Ebrahimi-Mameghani, Soodabeh Aliashrafi, Yousef Javadzadeh, et al3). 

 

 

Healthy Blood Sugar Metabolism

As previously mentioned, chlorella has shown the ability to lower blood sugar levels. An appropriate blood sugar range is important for reducing the risk of many chronic illnesses. Kidney disease, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and diabetes all list high blood sugar as a potential contributor leading to disease. Chlorella has also been proven to help with insulin resistance, which shows its potential for improving blood and hormonal health at an even wider scope. (Hyejin Jeong, Hye Jin Kwon, and Mi Kyung Kim4)

 

 

Healthy Ageing

Many of the benefits chlorella offers are interlinked and difficult to fully isolate. Chlorella has been accredited with anti-aging effects which belong under a group of benefits brought about by its antioxidant properties. Damage caused by free radicals can disfigure bodily cells at a DNA level disrupting their functioning, and this is what the antioxidants combat. When cells don't function properly, this spreads into tissues and organs and entire bodily systems not working in the ways they're supposed to over time. Ageing is essentially a slow process of accumulated damage inhibiting the body from work as well as it used to. The antioxidants in chlorella combat this at the source and delay this inevitability. (R G Cutler5)

  

Rich Source Of Iron

There's one health benefit that chlorella offers which is of particular interest to women. Women are much more likely to have low iron levels from lower dietary intakes combined with higher iron demands. Chlorella is not only able to supplement the diet as a rich source of naturally occurring bioavailable iron, but it also contains nutrients that work synergistically to increase absorption and to regulate iron levels. These nutrients required for increasing iron levels include vitamin C, vitamin b12, and prebiotic fibre. (Tomohiro Bito, Eri Okumura , Masaki Fujishima, et al6)

 

 

Eye Health

Eye health has been another area of interest for chlorella researchers and consumers alike. Chlorella contains a wealth of eye health promoting substances in significant amounts that could effectively help to reduce the risk of degenerative eye diseases. Many diseases of the eye stem from inflammation, much like other chronic issues in the body. The presence of lutein and zeaxanthin are two antioxidants needed in particularly high concentration in the eye to help combat inflammation and preserve eye function. Chlorella is uniquely rich in both. (Andrea Gille, Andreas Trautmann, Clemens Posten, et al7)

 

 

Digestive Health

Digestion is one of the hottest topics in health research today. The wide-sweeping implications of gut health can cause immense influence throughout many seemingly unrelated systems in the body. The gut has even been referred to as the body's "second brain" since it's a hormonally active organ that can send signals throughout the body based on the health of the bacterial population in the intestines. Chlorella can improve gut health by feeding those necessary gut bacteria with its high concentrations of prebiotic fibre and omega 3 fatty acids. This provides the required ingredient for the "good" bacteria's proliferation and the associated wealth of benefits that come along with a gut microbiome. (Cátia F. Martins, Paolo Trevisi, Diogo F. Coelho, et al8)

 

 

 Aerobic Endurance

Chlorella's ability to enhance aerobic endurance is two-fold benefit. Chlorella has been shown to be able to improve oxygen reuptake: a direct indicator of aerobic function. Additionally, chlorella contains a substance called "chlorella growth factor" which is a molecule with regenerative abilities. It contains nucleic acids which are the building blocks of cellular DNA. Chlorella growth factor therefore assists the body in adapting to exercise by supporting healthy cell repair and regrowth needed to support aerobic endurance activities. (Asako Zempo-Miyaki, Seiji Maeda, and Takeshi Otsuki9)

 

 

Detox Pesticides

The definition of pollution includes a broad spectrum of chemicals or materials introduced to an environment that cause harm. One particular form of pollution that has been rapidly increasing since the 1960s with many negative impacts on human health is the widespread use of pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides (Blair, 20151). These are usually xenobiotic compounds; meaning they are foreign to animal life and humans are ill-equipped to process them if exposed (Ramaka, 20202). The purpose of these substances is to kill offending pests, which unfortunately usually carries consequences beyond the intended target. Xenobiotic substances can have harmful effects on soil quality, can impact natural flora and fauna, and can contaminate groundwater (Rashid, 20103). The general population is often exposed to pesticides from this environmental pollution, as well as from residue present on food, and from bioaccumulation in the food chain (Blair, 20151).

 

One of the most commonly used classes of xenobiotic pesticides that represent a risk to human health are organophosphates (Abdollahi, 20044). Organophosphates can accumulate in the body and have long term toxic repercussions. This may include nausea, headaches, dizziness, abdominal pain, as well as reproductive issues (Jaga, 20035). Chlorella has recently been studied as an antidote to assist in removing these toxic substances. One study showed that chlorella had up to 94% efficiency in degrading the pesticides into less harmful by-products that the body is more equipped to remove (Nanda, 20196).

 

  

Cardiovascular Health

High blood pressure is another important factor in assessing cardiovascular health. Excessive cholesterol levels in the blood can build up and create a plaque-like substance in the arteries, reducing their capacity for blood flow. Clogged arteries can result in high blood pressure; a damaging condition for the vascular system to be in. By reducing blood cholesterol, chlorella can keep the arteries clear and blood pressure in check. (Morio Shimada, Takashi Hasegawa, Chiaki Nishimura, et al12)

 

Hardening of the Arteries

As mentioned, plaque build up in the arteries increases blood pressure, but it also exacerbates this problem by contributing to stiffening of the arteries as well. By preventing plaque build up, chlorella may be able to preventatively reduce hardening of the arteries before it occurs. In addition to this, chlorella contains arginine and antioxidants that together can be converted in the body into nitric oxide: a vasodilator factor. This allows the arteries to maintain their flexibility and proper functioning in opposition to the hardening effects of unbalanced blood lipid profiles. (Takeshi Otsuki, Kazuhiro Shimizu, and Seiji Maeda13)

 

Rich Source of Iron

Increased energy is another area chlorella has the potential to affect. Chlorella contains a host of vitamins essential for proper energy metabolism. This includes magnesium, vitamin D and the B vitamins which are required cofactors in a number of reactions that take place to derive energy from food. Insufficient amounts of these nutrients has been shown to cause fatigue in test subjects. (Kari E. Wong, Frances L. Szeto, Wenshuo Zhang, et al14; Flore Depeint W., Robert Bruce, Nandita Shangari, et al15; Garfinkel L, and Garfinkel D16)

 

Muscle Tissue & Repair

Chlorella has also been shown to increase muscle and tissue repair through the previously mentioned chlorella growth factor. This growth factor is able to assist with cellular repair and growth through its cellular DNA building block materials which translates into improved athletic performance, growth, and regular cell turnover. Chlorella also contains an ample amount of amino acids which are the essential materials for building muscles and tissue. (Byoung-Ki An, Kwan-Eung Kim, Jin-Young Jeon, et al17)

 

With all of these benefits in mind, it's clear to see why the recent buzz about chlorella has led to an influx of scientific studies. As the research catches up to the algae's anecdotal claims, it seems likely that the demand for chlorella and chlorella products will continue to grow.

 

Did you know there is more than 8,000 published biomedical science papers written about Chlorella in Published Medical Documents https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

 

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References

 

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