Eight Ways Chlorella May Improve your Dog's Health

Eight Ways Chlorella May Improve your Dog's Health

Chlorella is a fresh-water algae that's supposedly been around for approximately two billion years, but it's a buzzing new topic in the world of canine health! Chlorella is an incredibly nutritionally dense source of many essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. It boasts anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and detoxifying properties, making it an exceptional all-round health maintenance supplement for humans and dogs alike (Tomohiro Bito, Eri Okumura, Masaki Fujishima, et al1). While research on the specific ways it can improve health in dogs is still a new and developing area of vet science, there's a very promising base of evidence supporting its usefulness. Chlorella has been shown to be very safe, and is affordable in comparison to the pricey vet bills it may help to avoid (Tomohiro Bito, Eri Okumura, Masaki Fujishima, et al1). These reasons are likely why it's a trending topic in animal health. Keep reading for a more detailed outline of the current level of evidence on the many ways chlorella can boost your pets health!

 

Detoxification Assistance

One very important part of chlorella's usefulness for dog health is its ability to help rid their systems of unwanted toxins (José Joaquín Merino, José María Parmigiani-Izquierdo, Adolfo Toledano Gasca, et al2). Toxin overload can have seriously damaging effects to animals over long-term exposure. (F.P. Serpe, R. Russo, A. De Simon, et al3). Environmental toxins are essentially unavoidable when you own a curious pet. They can quickly get their nose into anything, so giving them a supplement to assist their body in dealing with harmful substances can give owners peace of mind! Even commercial dog foods have been shown to contain traces of dangerous heavy metals and pesticides (F.P. Serpe, R. Russo, A. De Simon, et al). Tap water can be another common source of heavy metal contaminants in your dog's environment, depending on the pipe materials and water source (F.P. Serpe, R. Russo, A. De Simon, et al). Thankfully, chlorella has been shown to effectively clear heavy metals from studies on humans and other animals, pointing to a highly likely similar effect in dogs! (José Joaquín Merino, José María Parmigiani-Izquierdo, Adolfo Toledano Gasca, et al2)

 

Immune Booster

Another fantastic benefit chlorella has shown for animal health is its ability to support their natural immunity (Jung Hyun Kwak, Seung Han Baek, Yongje Woo, et al4). The immune system is complicated, and a properly functioning one is necessary to fight off normal daily exposure to bacteria and viruses. Chlorella can support this function in multiple ways! It lessens the load on the immune system by keeping inflammation in check with its high antioxidant content and detoxifying abilities (Sun Hee Lee, Hae Jin Kang, Hye-Jin Lee, et al5). It's also been shown to help the body produce essential cells involved in immune reactions (Jung Hyun Kwak, Seung Han Baek, Yongje Woo, et al4).

 

Digestion

Much like humans, dogs need a diverse and thriving population of gut bacteria called a "microbiome" to support their overall health (Rachel Pilla and Jan S. Suchodolski6). This can play a huge role in overall wellbeing since multiple systems in the body depend on bacteria in the gut to function effectively. In particular, a diverse microbiome is needed to aid with digestion, proper nutrient-absorption, and to help regulate the production of various hormones (Rachel Pilla and Jan S. Suchodolski6). Chlorella has been shown to help both humans and animals in this matter by providing prebiotic fiber and omega 3 fatty acids which are food for the gut bacteria (Cátia F. Martins, Paolo Trevisi, Diogo F. Coelho7). This leads to better energy, mood and mental function for dogs and humans alike!

 

Slowing Aging

The natural aging process inevitably brings about cell damage in both humans and dogs. This leads to loss of cell function, which eventually can spread to organs and bodily processes no longer working as they should (Claudio Franceschi8). While this is unavoidable, it can potentially be slowed to increase the time and quality of life with your beloved pet. Chlorella is able to help with cell regeneration and repair through a unique substance called chlorella growth factor. Chlorella growth factor contains high amounts of nucleic acids; the building blocks of genetic material needed to make new cells (Byoung-Ki An, Kwan-Eung Kim, Jin-Young Jeon9). This is the basic explanation of how it can slow aging. It helps the body to create new healthy cells, which preserves the function of organs and organ systems needed for life. In addition to chlorella growth factors benefits, chlorella is also extremely high in antioxidants which can fight cellular oxidative damage, and likewise help to preserve proper cell functioning as long as possible (Sun Hee Lee, Hae Jin Kang, Hye-Jin Lee, et al5).

 

Improving Eye Health

Chlorella is known to contain high amounts of three of the most important nutrients for eye health: lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotenoids (Hock Eng Khoo, Hui Suan Ng, Wai-Sum Yap, et al10). These vital nutrients are plant pigments and antioxidants that help to prevent oxidative damage in the eyes (Hock Eng Khoo, Hui Suan Ng, Wai-Sum Yap, et al10). They can help to lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy in humans, all of which have roots in oxidative damage (Hock Eng Khoo, Hui Suan Ng, Wai-Sum Yap, et al10). While this is exciting news, research on chlorella specifically for eye health purposes on dogs has not yet been done. For now, it's simply a very promising idea based on the fantastic nutrient profile chlorella has for supporting eye health.

 

Minimizing Bad Breath

This is a more lighthearted topic, but nevertheless it can be unpleasant to deal with! It's so common for dogs to have bad breath that it's often dismissed as normal. Bad breath however usually points to an underlying issue at some point in the digestive tract (Anton Beynen11). This could mean it's a dental problem, or possibly a gut problem. Harmful bacterial overgrowth can occur in the mouth causing gum disease and bad breath (Anton Beynen11). If this isn't the issue, a dog with an unbalanced or underpopulated microbiome can lead to indigestion and similarly cause an odor and bad breath (Alessandro Di Cerbo, Federica Pezzuto, Sergio Canello, et al12). Chlorella is able to help with both of these potential causes. It can fight off bacterial overgrowth in the mouth with its antimicrobial ability, and it can support gut health to minimize the risk of indigestion and bad breath for your pooch (Syed Shabudeen P.S. and Ashok Arasu13).

 

Reducing Risk of Chronic Disease

Chlorella's ability to reduce the risk of chronic disease development in animals is related to its ability to slow the aging process. The root cause of degeneration through disease or age often both come from oxidative damage, which also increases chronic inflammation and worsens the situation (Philip Hunter14). Inflammation plays a role in most, if not all, chronic diseases that dogs are susceptible to (Philip Hunter14). It places the body in a state of continual stress, therefore reducing the amount of energy available for all other bodily processes required for wellbeing. The high antioxidant content in chlorella is able to bond with the unstable free radicals that cause oxidative damage which renders them inert and unable to cause damage (Sun Hee Lee, Hae Jin Kang, Hye-Jin Lee, et al5). In addition to this, chlorella also contains anti-inflammatory molecules - various antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids - which can help to "clean up" the damage already caused by oxidation (Yunes Panahi, Behrad Darvishi, Narges Jowzi15).

 

Relieving Arthritic Pain

Lastly, chlorella has shown promising results in relieving arthritic symptoms and pain in animals (G L Renju, G Muraleedhara Kurup, C H Saritha Kumari16). There's an antioxidant naturally present in tomatoes called lycopene which has been studied and proven helpful for this. Chlorella contains an even more bioactive version of this chemical, and has been tested on rats for arthritis symptom relief with great success, implying similar applications for dogs and perhaps humans (G L Renju, G Muraleedhara Kurup, C H Saritha Kumari16).

 

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