Brains are the most complex organ in the human body. They are the control center that dictates the function of every other bodily system. Many would argue that this makes brain health the most essential component of overall health and wellbeing. Brain health includes many different elements. Cognitive health refers to the capacity to think, remember, learn and reason. It's generally what comes to mind when most people consider the topic of brains, but it's not the full scope of what they're are needed for. Brain health also includes proper emotional function, sensation response, and motor skills.
All of these aspects of neurological function can be affected by lifestyle factors that either help or harm brain health. Factors such as smoking, drinking, drug use, sleep, stress, exercise, diet, mental stimulation and emotional regulation can all be optimized to support a long life with strong cognitive abilities (Gow, 20121). There's also a growing field of research examining the use of foods and supplements to help improve brain vitality. Chlorella algae is one such substance that's been gaining attention in the wellness world for its impressive brain boosting properties (Nakashima, 20092). It may just be a secret weapon for enhancing brain abilities when combined with a brain-health supportive lifestyle.
The ways chlorella can improve brain health are vast and complex since the brain is such an intricate part of the body. A preface to understanding the effects chlorella has on the brain is first recognizing what can cause harm. Since the brain is a component of the central nervous system, the most basic function of the brain is to receive information through the spinal cord, process the information, and send signals back into the peripheral nervous system as a response, whether that response is automatic or fully intentional. Trouble can arise however when the nerve cells that make up this communication channel become damaged due to internal or external factors (Ghaffari, 20143).
Chlorella may be able to help protect nerve cells that are essential for the proper functioning of the central nervous system. Chlorella contains a substance called chlorella growth factor which has been shown to help with cellular regeneration (Ng, 20204). This could potentially mean chlorella consumption would contribute to new nerve cell growth and thereby preserve integrity of the communication channel between the brain and the rest of the body. In addition to this, chlorella also contains vitamin B12 which is an vital nutrient for building new nerve cells and maintaining the protective cover that surrounds nerve cells known as the mylin sheath (Reynolds, 20065).
Another important aspect of retaining good brain health is insuring it receives adequate nutrition. Approximately 20% of energy consumed through food is directed to the brain, showing just how vital and powerful brain processes are (Niven, 20166). It needs a vast amount of calories and nutrients just to maintain day-to-day functions. The way nutrition enters the brain is through the blood-brain barrier. This is a highly selective portal that filters out substances that are potentially harmful to the brain. While optimal brain nutrition is still a developing field of research, some nutrients that are known to be especially important for maintaining good brain health include: omega 3 fatty acids, B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin E, choline, vitamin A, iron, copper, selenium, calcium, zinc, and iron (Gomez-Pinilla, 20087). Deficiencies in any of these areas could potentially lead to worsened brain health.
Luckily, chlorella is an impressive source of all of these essential brain nutrients (Bito, 20208). Since it's a natural source of a large number of nutrients in a dense bioavailable form, it's even been referred to as nature's multivitamin. Selecting a chlorella product that uses cracked-cell technology is the best way to ensure maximum bioavailabitiy and benefit from this powerful superfood. Some of these nutrients are also particularly difficult to find adequate amounts of from plant-based diets, which makes chlorella a very valuable gluten-free, and animal product free source of brain health nutrition that can fit within nearly any diet limitations.
A third factor that can greatly affect brain health is the presence of or lack of inflammation. Inflammation can arise from any number of external factors. Some common sources include mental and emotional stress, over-exercise, environmental toxins, poor diet, blood sugar instability, gut-issues, poor sleep, and excessive alochol consumption (Thorburn, 20149). Chlorella clearly cannot directly prevent all of these stressors, but it can serve to help mitigate the damages all those stressors are all capable of causing. Inflammation itself isn't an inherently harmful thing since it serves a useful purpose. It's simply the signal that elicits a response from the immune system to fight off what it perceives to be a threat. The way this can turn into a brain health harming phenomenon is when an immunological cascade is set off from repeated exposure to inflammatory factors (Willis, 202210). This can cause immune cells go into a destructive mode and cause more harm than the initial offending factor from the body's attempt to combat the danger. This creates cell damage which weakens neuroconnectivity and may lead to neurodegeneration (Knight, 201011).
The most general way chlorella is able to help resist this path is from its strong anti-inflammatory properties. Chlorella contains a number of powerful vitamins, pigments, and other plants substances that serve as antioxidants (Lee, 200912). These antioxidants can help to reduce the presence of free radicals, which are inflammation causing substances that can be introduced or created in the body by the presence of most of the previously listed harmful lifestyle factors (Lobo, 201013). Some scientist propose that this anti-inflammatory effect of chlorella is the driving force behind chlorella's ability to slow cognitive decline (Nakashima, 20092). The oxidative stress caused from free radicals is associated with greater a prevalence of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as with heightened general cognitive decline and memory loss that occurs with aging (Droge, 200714).
While these anti-inflammatory effects are invaluable, there are still additional ways chlorella can help to combat brain inflammation even before it occurs. It does this by addressing inflammation triggers directly. One such trigger that can cause inflammation is exposure to environmental toxins. This is a common and arguably unavoidable occurrence due to their unfortunate proliferation in common household products, building materials, and even their presence in food and water contaminates (Bucheli, 201715). This points to the need of a substance or protocol that can help the body better eliminate these substances since avoidance it unattainable. Chlorella is one of very few options for this purpose. Chlorella has the ability to help the body excrete BPA, PFCs, dioxins, and heavy metals; all of which can cause health-harming effects in long-term exposure scenarios even at surprisingly low doses (Yang, 202116). This removal of inflammatory toxic substances along with the mitigation of the damages they cause is a two-fold approach to protecteing brain health, all from a single naturally occuring food.
The detoxifying effects of chlorella are just one way it can directly reduce inflammation causing exposures. Another feature of the algae superfood is the many positive effects it has on gut-health, which can directly impact brain health. While the wellbeing of the gut is clearly essential for digestion, nutrient absorption, and energy, it also has a important link to the brain. The gut is even sometimes referred to as "the second brain" since it is directly connected to the brain via the gut-brain axis. This bidirectional communication channel means that dysregulation of the gut microbiome can cause chronic inflammation that travels straight to the brain and causes neurological effects (Doney, 202117). Chlorella is able to contribute to a well populated and well balanced gut microbiome, which can help to prevent the occurrence of these gut inflammation and the corresponding harmful effects on the brain (van der Linde, 202118).
Overall, chlorella is an invaluable tool for maintaining overall neurological wellbeing. The brain is an enormous topic to consider, so it's important to recognize that it's unlikely for a single substance to serve as a "cure-all". Despite this, chlorella may be unrivalled in the number of ways it can positively impact brain health, and it may be a important component for preserving mental wellbeing and vitality for those that choose to take advantage of its powerful effects.
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