Cholesterol is a type of lipid essential for many vital roles in human health. It tends to be associated with heart disease, but the topic is more nuanced than most individuals realize. Cholesterol is required for every single cell in the human body as a key component of cell membranes. It also serves as a precursor for various hormones, bile, and vitamin D - all of which are needed for a functioning human body (Zampelas 20191). Despite these helpful uses, excessively high cholesterol levels in the blood are a risk factor for the development of stroke and heart disease (Gidding 20192). Cholesterol's exact connection to cardiovascular health is a somewhat contested subject, but despite this, most health experts believe blood cholesterol is a helpful measure for assessing vascular health and encourage efforts to bring levels down to accepted amounts (Hawkes 20193). One tool that's been shown to help lower blood cholesterol levels is supplementation with the fresh-water algae chlorella (Ryu 20144).
The main concern of high blood cholesterol is the potential of it leading to a hardening or thickening of the arteries called atherosclerosis. This occurs when deposits of cholesterol, cellular waste products and other materials form a plaque that builds up in the arteries and reduces blood flow (Frostegard 20135). It can become hardened and reduce movement of the usually flexible vasculature, putting the vessels at higher risk of rupture (Bentzon 20146). Reduced blood flow and risk of rupture are clearly damaging effects, but what they can lead to is even more dangerous. Atherosclerosis puts the body in a high inflammatory state. It is the main risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease which can lead to blood clots, heart attacks, heart failure strokes, and many other undesired outcomes (Frostegard 20135).
Considering all of these dangers that are linked with high cholesterol in the blood, many health practitioners have encouraged a low-cholesterol diet. Chlorella has been shown to inhibit absorption of dietary cholesterol in the intestines which could play a role in reducing blood cholesterol (Kim 20157). Dietary cholesterol however is not the body's only source. It is primarily produced from fats, sugars, and proteins in the liver. This fact along with the evidence for dietary cholesterol's influence on blood cholesterol levels being somewhat disputed points to the necessary consideration of other factors.
Chlorella has also been shown to have blood cholesterol lowering effects beyond reducing dietary absorption. Chlorella contains high levels of plant pigments called carotenoids. These are effective antioxidants that reduce inflammation, and are thought to play a role in lowering total blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels; both of which are risk factors for cardiovascular disease (Ryu 20144).
What may be even more important than blood cholesterol levels however, is the actual diseased state of atherosclerosis that it serves as a warning sign of. Chlorella is able to directly reduce progression of plaque formation by lowering the production of vascular adhesion molecules that play a key role in atherosclerosis development (Shih 20138) (Mar Drugs 2103).
Overall, there are multiple features of chlorella that serve as a preventative measure against cardiovascular heart disease. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties and unique protective effects make it a valuable tool in preventative health care. (Shibata, 2007)
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