Blood sugar levels are most often talked about in relation to diabetes, but they play a role in the health and wellbeing of all individuals. Healthy blood should always contain an appropriate amount of sugar in the form of glucose. Both too much and too little can cause adverse effects. While blood sugar levels do naturally fluctuate throughout the day in response to activity and food intake, there's a normal range that serves the body's required functions without causing harm (Zhang 20131). Many lifestyle factors can have positive effects on maintaining proper blood glucose within this target range. One of these factors is the consumption of the freshwater algae chlorella (Horii 20192).
Before examining the role chlorella plays in controlling blood sugar levels, it's first helpful to understand what glucose in the blood does. Simply put, blood glucose serves as an immediately accessible form of energy for the body. When consuming food, carbohydrates are broken down into single glucose sugar molecules which the body can then readily use as energy. A certain amount of glucose stays in the blood, and the excess is packaged together for storage in the liver in a form called glycogen. Glycogen is long branched chains of glucose which can be broken down to single molecules and returned to the blood when it's needed to restore depleted blood sugar levels.
The process of using, storing, using or replenishing blood sugar levels is monitored by the endocrine system. Broadly put, the endocrine system creates and controls all hormonal processes in the body which drives metabolism, sexual function, growth and development, emotions and mood, blood pressure, and more. The root of blood sugar issues then is often an endocrine issue, since the endocrine system produces hormones that signal when glucose should be added or removed from the blood (Roder 20163).
The most common endocrine issues that impact blood sugar are diabetes and prediabetes (MedlinePlus 20174). Diabetes occurs when the hormone insulin which signals glucose to enter cells to be used for energy is either not produced in adequate quantities, or the cells have become unresponsive to it. Both of these scenarios cause glucose to build up in the blood to levels that cause harm. High blood sugar causes inflammation, damages blood vessels can cause vision and nerve problems, and increases one's risk for heart disease and stroke (Dong 20185).
Chlorella has been shown to combat this prognosis through its blood sugar lowering effects. Chlorella improves insulin sensitivity, which allows the cells to properly utilize glucose in the blood for energy and prevent it from accumulating to dangerous levels (Chiu 20116). It increases glucose reuptake in both the liver and muscle cells (Mizoguchi 20087).
Additionally, chlorella contains dietary fibre which helps to lessen the blood glucose spike after eating foods that contain carbohydrates when consumed together (McRae 20188). It also has high levels of the essential micronutrient magnesium, which has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar in diabetic patients (ELDerawi 20189, Bito 202010).
From a more full-body health perspective, chlorella is also excellent for supporting liver health which plays an important role in glucose metabolism, as well as cardiovascular health which provides the vascular transport system both the glucose and hormones regulating glucose metabolism use to fulfill their roles (Ebrahimi-Mameghani 201411, Fallah 201812).
Chlorella supports full-body wellness with its impressive composition of dense nutrition. It has benefits that are particularly useful for blood sugar regulation and should be considered by anyone wanting to reduce their risk of developing diabetes and prevent pre-diabetic symptoms.
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