Chlorella An Anti-Aging Superfood?

Chlorella An Anti-Aging Superfood?

Aging is a natural and unavoidable process that affects everyone. It's essentially a gradual decrease of bodily adaptation and function. This can begin in benign ways, but it eventually leads to cells, organs, and entirely bodily systems not operating correctly. Aging is a complicated topic with various schools of thought leading the discussion about what causes it on a biological level, and what factors can delay the process (Tosato 20071). The most commonly accepted theory is currently that cell damage from reactive oxygen species is the primary reason for aging (Tosato 20071). Oxidative damage both impairs cells function, and puts the body in an inflammatory state which has the potential to lead to a number of illnesses and diseases (Liguori 20182). With this theory of aging in mind, the most important thing for slowing the process is reducing oxidative damage. There are many factors that impact this, but the one of interest for this article is consumption of the fresh-water algae chlorella. (Zhang, 2019)

 

Nutrition plays a key role in either causing or combating oxidative damage (Vetrani 20123). When food is consumed and digested for energy, a type of organelle within every cell called the mitochondria plays an important role in converting calories into usable energy. Many of the chemical reactions involved in energy metabolism take place within mitochondrias. One of these important steps is called the electron transport chain, which has been shown to "leak" unstable reactive oxygen species as a byproduct (Cadenas 20004). Antioxidants however are able to react with these harmful molecules and mitigate potential damage (Vetrani 20123). Antioxidant nutrients are diverse and are widely available from various foods, though different ones may have slightly differing effects on the body (Lobo 20125). The main issue that arises from reactive oxygen species is when they're present in disproportionate amounts to antioxidants. Consuming diverse and adequate amounts of antioxidant nutrients through diet is therefore currently one of the best proven ways to combat aging (Obrenovich 20116). (Makpol, 2013)

 

Chlorella is a helpful wholefood for anti-aging purposes because of its unusually high and varied antioxidant content (Serra 20217). It contains omega 3, vitamin C, various carotenoids, and plant pigments, all of which serve to combat oxidative stress (Bito 20208). In addition to this, chlorella has the ability to help prevent certain forms of oxidative stress from occurring in the first place. Aside from energy metabolism, oxidative stress can also arise from exposure to toxins. An example of this is heavy metals that are often present in food and medicine contaminants, or in household and personal products (Singh 20119) (Yadav, 2022) . Heavy metals can cause oxidative damage, and they can become increasingly dangerous when they accumulate in vital organs because the body is not able to rid itself of these metals without assistance (Singh 20119). (Son, 2009) Chlorella can act as a chelating agent and help excrete these substances from the body, thereby removing the potential for further oxidative damage (Kaplan 198710).

 

Chlorella's unique combination of antioxidants and detoxing abilities make it a valuable tool for anyone looking for anti-aging support. Aside from direct anti-aging effects, chlorella is also known to help reduce risk of many major diseases and illnesses (Panahi 201611). By nurturing general health and wellness, chlorella may help individuals reach their longest and healthiest lives in combination with other lifestyle factors.

 

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