The topic of muscle and tissue repair may not be something many individuals consider when looking to optimize their health, but it has broad reaching applications relevant to everyone. The body is in a constant state of regeneration. It's how humans heal from injuries and ailments, recover from exercise, and grow. Tissue regeneration is also necessary to protect the body from outer dangers with epithelial cell turnover on the skin and mucosal cell turnover in the digestive tract. There are several types of muscle and tissue repair processes which all have complex factors and circumstances leading to their development. The immune system, endocrine system, and nervous system may all play a role in stimulating tissue growth or repair pathways. One substance that may influence these bodily responses is the algae chlorella. Chlorella consumption is known to support muscle and tissue growth in a number of synergistic ways (Alzan 20191).
When examining tissue repair in the case of injury, immune response is an important factor that determines both the rate and extent of healing. The immune system should trigger a response to degrade and dispose of damaged tissue - essentially attacking itself - followed by tissue repair and regrowth (Eming 20092). Chlorella has an immunostimulatory effect that may be able to help this process (Kwak 20123). During the tissue rebuilding phase, the body also requires an adequate supply of nutrients to help create essential structural proteins, the most prominent of these being collagen protein (Midwood 20044). Vitamin c, zinc, and copper are all required for building collagen, and chlorella is a good source of all three (Percival 19975).
Another common example of tissue repair is the muscle regeneration that occurs after exercise. Exercise causes minor damage to muscle tissues in order to stimulate the repair and growth process. It is an adaptation to environmental stress. Chlorella can help support this muscle growth phase (Alzan 20191). Muscles contain stem cells called myoblasts which can develop and differentiate into a number of different types of cells, depending on their stimulus. Chlorella helps to stimulate them to evolve into muscle cells, which supports muscle growth (Alzan 20191). It's thought that the unique molecule in chlorella known as chlorella growth factor plays a role in this signaling process (Alzan 20191). Chlorella also contains a plethora of nutrients helpful for building muscle cells. Most relevantly, it is a rich source of amino acids (Seyfabadi 20116).
One other important area on the topic of muscle and tissue repair is preserving muscle and tissue integrity in older, inactive, or malnourished individuals who are susceptible to muscular atrophy. Muscular atrophy occurs when muscular growth is not stimulated through exercise, the body does not have adequate nutrition to build and maintain muscle, or when oxidative stress accumulation and hormones change with age (Nakashima 20147). A combination of these effects is especially concerning and can lead to injury from daily activities as well as reduced capability in completing physical tasks. Chlorella has been shown to help protect against muscular atrophy by decreasing oxidative stress associated with muscle wasting, as well as through its promotion of cells to regenerate muscle tissue (Nakashima 20147).
All cases considered, chlorella is a helpful whole food supplement for supporting muscle growth and tissue repair at any age. It may be particularly helpful for athletes looking to improve muscle growth, or older individuals looking to optimize their nutrition to preserve health and bodily function.
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