Top 13 Health Benefits of Chlorella

by: Dr. Michael E. Rosenbaum

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March 5, 2019 reviewed-- It’s amazing what this algae can do to make your life sing! Chlorella can help you stay healthy in not just one or two different ways, but more than 10.

As a doctor who has practiced medicine for over three decades, I continue to be amazed at the broad spectrum and rich nutrition this little algal supplement offers us! If you’re eager to make some healthy changes in your life, chlorella is an unbeatable deal and an indispensable tool. 

Here are 13 different ways this nutritional powerhouse can help you stay healthy:

1. Helps Support The Body’s Natural Detoxification Process
Clinical research indicates that chlorella may help the body’s natural detoxification process by helping to eliminate stressors we face every day from the food we eat to the environment we live in. [1] 

2. Keeps Your Immune System Healthy 
Chlorella has been shown to support your immune system in several ways. Nutrition researcher, Dr. Randall Merchant says, “The research I have been conducting at the Medical College of Virginia has convinced me that chlorella is clearly a powerful natural food you can take daily to support and enhance your immune system function.” [2]

3. Supports Brain Health 
Your brain needs B12 to stay healthy. Taking Chlorella as a daily supplement supplies your body with the only form of this vitamin your body can effectively use- Active B12. This is especially important for those living a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. Chlorella is one of the only plant-based sources of active B12.  

4. Supports Heart Health 
Vitamin B12 is also essential for heart health. Vitamin B12 is linked to healthy arteries and blood cell counts. Not only that, but Chlorella supports heart health on multiple fronts. It’s been linked to maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and healthy blood pressure levels, too. If you want help maintaining a healthy diet and help keeping your cholesterol down, chlorella might be what you’re looking for.

5. Supports Joint Health 
In a clinical study involving women suffering from steady morning stiffness and achiness, chlorella helped reduce intensity by 22%. One participant said, “I’m able to take really good walks now and I’m traveling better. I’m also not nearly as forgetful as I used to be. I’m sleeping somewhat better and I’m hopeful that I’ll continue to improve daily.”

6. Supports Your Energy
Chlorella helps boost your energy by helping your body regenerate quickly and giving you the nourishment you need, to insure your body can perform at its best. 

One of the many ways chlorella does this is through optimal absorption of the energy vitamin, B12! There are two forms of B12- Active B12 and inactive B12. Inactive B12 is poorly absorbed by the body. Active B12 is highly absorbable which means you experience more benefits of B12. Chlorella is known to be one of the only plant sources of active B12. Vegans rejoice!  

Chlorella helps boost your energy quickly and giving you the nourishment you need, it ensures your body can perform at its best. 

7. Gives You Glowing, Healthy-looking Skin
Bombarded by environmental stressors, your skin has to constantly replace cells and renew itself. Chlorella’s unique growth factor (CGF) supports healthy regeneration at the cellular level. When you combine this with its high level of protective antioxidants (including the skin’s favorite, Vitamin A), people use it to support healthy looking skin. Take care of your skin by taking chlorella as a supplement. 

8. Supports Eye Health 
With its carotenoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein, chlorella may help support your overall eye health. 
According to the American Optometric Association, recent studies recommend 10 mg of lutein per day to keep your eyes healthy. [3] When it comes to lutein, chlorella is a power house. For every 3 grams of Sun Chlorella, you get 3 mg of lutein. 

9. Supports A Healthy Pregnancy
Chlorella is not only safe for pregnant women, it’s beneficial! And it also increased the level of immunoglobulin A in breast milk, a key immune molecule passed on from mother to child. All mothers want to do what’s best for their children. Taking chlorella while pregnant can be a great start!

10. Supports Digestive System
Chlorella can help support a healthy digestive system. Taking 10 grams of chlorella a day has been shown in clinical research to help reduce occasional cramps, gas, bloating and diarrhea. And chlorella is also a probiotic which can help support the presence of healthy probiotic bacteria in your intestines, an essential for digestive health.

Not only that, but chlorella may relieve occasional constipation. When constipated students at Mimasake Women’s College in Japan took chlorella, they increased the frequency of bowel movements and improved the softness of their stools.

11. Promotes A Healthy Liver
Your liver sequesters essential nutrients like B12, helps you metabolize fats and plays a key role in how your body processes toxins. So it’s important to keep this organ healthy- and chlorella can help!

One clinical trial demonstrates chlorella can play an important role in keeping your liver healthy. High levels of certain enzymes can indicate a stressed liver. When people with high levels of these particular liver enzymes took chlorella daily, their liver enzyme levels dropped. [4]

12. Cleans Teeth And Gums
In the 1950’s the green clean of chlorophyll was all the rage. From mouthwash to surgical dressings, chlorophyll’s cleaning power was used throughout the healthcare world. In a 9 month study at Boys Town in Nebraska, researchers found brushing with chlorophyll-laced toothpaste yielded remarkable improvements in all around dental health – gums and teeth! [5]

No such clinical research has been done on chlorella specifically. But because chlorella has the world’s richest plant source of this powerful pigment, chlorophyll, chewing on some chlorella tablets can most likely do your teeth and gums some good.

13. Supports Blood Sugar
If you want additional support to maintain your already normal blood sugar levels within the healthy range, chlorella can offer some peace of mind. A clinical study showed that chlorella intake of 800 mg per day resulted in noticeable reductions in fasting blood glucose levels! [6]

Get A Healthy Start On The Year With Chlorella
Chlorella may be tiny and green, but it can do more for you than most foods on the planet. By taking it every day, you can enjoy healthy digestion, a strong immune system, glowing skin, a healthy heart, and much, much more.

It’s important to note, chlorella naturally is difficult to digest due to its tough outer cell wall and so all chlorella supplements should be processed in order to make them digestible. The degree of chlorella digestibility (thus the number of health benefits received) will depend on how the chlorella is processed. Some methods produce a cracked or broken cell wall. The only way to know if your body can truly digest most of a chlorella supplement is if it’s a pulverized cell wall chlorella

[1] Chlorella, Natural Medicinal Algae by Dr. David Steenblock, p. 20 referencing ‘Effect of chlorella on fecal and urinary excretion in “Itai-Itai”,' Japan Jrnl of Hyg. 1975, 30(10): pp. 77. 
[2] Drucker, Mark. Chlorella: The Key To health, Vitality and Longevity. Health and Happiness Publishing. 2002 Greenville, SC. p. 13. 
[3] Lutein and Zeaxanthin. American Optometric Website.
[4] Azocar, J et al. Efficacy and safety of Chlorella supplementation in adults with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. World J Gastroenterol. 2013 February 21; 19(7): 1085-1090 
[5] Jensen, Bernard. Chlorella: Gem of the Orient. 1987. p. 27 
[6] Mizoguchi T, et al: Nutrigenomics studies on effects of Chlorella on subjects with high risk factors for lifestyle-related disease. J Med Food 11:395-404, 2008

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