Why Chlorella Offers Super Nutrition For Kids


By: Dr. Mark Drucker

Healthy kids are well-nourished kids. To grow big, strong and smart, kids need to have the right nutrition.

But in today's world, this is becoming a tall order.

You've probably heard the statistics about the rising rates of childhood obesity. According to the federal program

Let's Move!,one-third of our children are overweight or obese.[1]

Not only does this undermine their self-esteem, but also it sets our children up for a lifetime of battling health problems like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and asthma.

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We're in a peculiar position of putting our children at risk for malnutrition in a world of plenty.

Despite all of the food at our disposal, our kids are losing out on fresh vegetables, fruits, grass-fed meats and fresh seafood in their diets. And with these whole foods go the vitamins, trace minerals and essential fatty acids that children's growing bodies need.

That's why chlorella is such a useful addition to kids’ nutrition.

This green superfood can't replace an overall approach to healthy eating. But with its dense nutritional profile of protein, vitamin C, B vitamins, beta-carotene, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, chlorophyll and nucleic acids, chlorella adds an outstanding nutritional punch to your children's diet.

It can offset some of the bad and complement all the good.

Remember, your children’s bodies are working overtime. Their bodies have to build extra muscle, bone, nerves and everything in between to keep their growth plan on schedule.

They're literally building their future as they grow.

When you add good nutrition into your children's diet, you're giving them a special gift that will stay with them for the rest of their life.

Chlorella Is Safe Nutrition For Kids

"But is it safe?" is probably the first question you have about adding chlorella to your children or grandchildren's diet.

Absolutely. Plenty of chlorella users give it to their children and grandchildren and report great results; chlorella benefits are that impressive.

Rita Free of Tampa Bay, Florida, gave chlorella to her young daughter. She reports: " The difference in Angela is tremendous. After taking chlorella 10 months, she is more alert, active and growing by leaps and bounds. In the last two months, Angela has started taking dancing lessons, joined Girl Scouts and started roller skating. She had no interest in these before."

Nutritionist David Nelson, Ph. D. started giving chlorella to his son, Brandon, when he was 1 ½ years old. "He loves it!"

And if you were worried that children would object to the flavor, David reports: "He chews those little tiny green tablets like they are candy. He then smiles with a big green smile and puts his hand out for more."

"He loves the taste," David says. “And I love that he’s developing a taste for good nutrition!”

I started giving chlorella to my children when they were eight months old. It makes a great alternative to sugar-y children's vitamins. Being a whole food and completely natural, in my opinion, chlorella is the best nutritional product that I give my children on a regular basis.

I also give my children chlorella as a way to teach them good health choices. As a medical doctor who specializes in nutrition, one of the most important things I can do for my children is to get them in the habit of choosing nutritious foods and whole food supplements. That is why my kids watch me take chlorella every day.

And sure enough – it works. They want to take it too!

Chlorella Supports Healthy Kids’ Development

Right From The Start Chlorella is not only safe for young children like Rita Free’s, Dr. Nelson’s and my two guys. It also helps give them a safe healthy start while they’re still inside their mom’s belly.

Japanese researchers studied the effects of chlorella on the pregnancies of 70 women. They found that the women who took chlorella had a statistically significant lower risk of anemia and signs of pre-eclampsia during pregnancy than women who didn't take chlorella.[2]

But it doesn't end there. Chlorella may be one of the best safety nets to ensure our littlest ones get healthy, toxin-free nourishment from their mother's breast.

A few years back, women were horrified to find traces of pesticides like DDT, PCB's, dioxin and other dangerous chemicals in their breast milk.

Disturbed by the high incidence of dioxin contamination in parts of Japan, Japanese scientists decided to examine how chlorella could help reduce the problem.

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Dioxin levels were measured in the blood, fat, breast milk, cord blood and placentas of 44 pregnant women. Twenty-three of these women then took chlorella during their pregnancy.

When the researchers measured the dioxin levels in the breast milk of the women after delivery they found that the women taking chlorella had 30% lower dioxin levels in their breast milk than women who didn't.[3]

And the story gets even better . . .

These same scientists repeated this research with 35 breastfeeding women. About half of the participants took chlorella. And the researchers measured their dioxin levels before and after chlorella supplementation. This time, not only did they see the same reduction in dioxin levels in the breast milk when the women took chlorella, they saw an increase in immunoglobulin A.[4]

Immunoglobulin A, an important immune system protein, is considered to be a key component of how breastfeeding women confer their immunity to their children. Found in all the entranceways to our bodies, it's one of our body's first defenses against germs.

Nothing beats getting a good start on life from the best food around – healthy breast milk. As this research demonstrates, chlorella safeguards this precious nourishment for babies.

But even if children lose out on a healthy beginning in the womb or the first few months of life, chlorella offers an important boost for them to help them catch up . . .

Chlorella Supports Healthy Growth With Strategic Nutrition

For a number of reasons, many children don't get off to a great start at birth. And this sets them up not only for a tough first few years, but a lifetime of battling for their life.

Gaining weight may seem less of an issue in our overweight society. But for babies and children healthy weight gain is critical. Research demonstrates a strong connection between low birth weight and increased risk in adulthood of developing diseases like hypertension, diabetes and obesity.[4]

Yet chlorella's exceptional nutrition can reverse this early health deficit as well.

Researchers in Japan gave 22 boys and 18 girls 2 grams of chlorella for 112 days. Fifteen girls and 22 boys did not take chlorella for comparison's sake.

When the study ended, the boys who had taken the chlorella had grown twice as rapidly as the boys who didn't take chlorella – beating them by ½ inch. They had also gained 2.3 pounds versus the non-chlorella boys' 1.6 pounds.

The girls experienced no significant difference in height gain. But the girls taking chlorella gained 4.2 pounds while the girls who did not take it gained only 2.7 pounds.

Lest you worry that chlorella will speed your children's weight gain beyond a healthy level, know this: Study after study documents that it helps with healthy weight gain, but nothing beyond that. In fact, many chlorella users attest that it cuts down on cravings and between-meal snacking.[5]

Chlorella supports healthy snacking in another important way as well . . .

Chlorella May Help Keep Kids’ Teeth And Gums Healthy

While nothing can substitute for regular brushing and flossing, Chlorella can help transform dreaded dental visits to moments of pride by helping your children keep their teeth healthy and strong.

Chlorella has more of the green plant pigment, chlorophyll, than any other plant. And chlorophyll seems to be a dentists' best friend . . .

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In a study at the Nebraskan orphanage, Boy's Town, 589 boys took part in a "toothbrushing experiment". One group of boys used regular toothpaste dyed green with food coloring while the other group brushed with toothpaste spiked with chlorophyll.

The group brushing with chlorophyll had 58-70% improvement in dental health. This contrasts dramatically with the 28% improvement experienced by the non-chlorophyll group.[6]

Chlorella Supports Balanced Immune Health

Kids are magnets for microbes. However, by supporting immune health, chlorella can help your children contend with these tiny trespassers.

Clinical trials involving both sailors taking on stormy seas and patients with hampered immune systems have found chlorella can make a difference when it comes to staying healthy.[7] Supplementing with chlorella seems to increase white blood cell count to stay within normal levels and improve immune responsiveness.[8]

On the flipside, chlorella not only supports immune system responsiveness, but it also seems to help keep your immune system response balanced.

In a study conducted in Japan,taking 3-5 grams of chlorella daily helped children enjoy clear skin as well as healthy comfortable breathing despite previous challenges to keeping their immune response balanced. Chlorella intake also helped these children eat food that previously had caused digestive discomfort.[9]

While most of the research on children using chlorella underscores its safety, there is one cautionary note. One study found immunoglobulin E specific to chlorella in children with mold allergies. Immunoglobulin E is an immune protein associated with allergic reactions.[10]

While you might want to start chlorella slowly with your child if he or she has allergies to mold, overall, parent experience and research shows that children can take chlorella regularly without any ill effects. Only good ones.

Give Your Kids Chlorella – Powerful And Safe Nutrition For Kids

Our children depend on us to give them a good start on this journey we call life. And while we try as parents to give them what they need, it isn't easy.

Our frenetic lifestyle easily swallows our time, attention and best intentions. Before you know it, your kids aren't getting the essentials the work of growing requires.

And without good nutrition, not only do they have to put up with more colds, allergies and trips to the dentist. Poor nutrition also condemns them to adult health problems decades down the road.

The solution to our children's growing nutritional deficit can't be solved with one green superfood like chlorella. I wish it were that easy! Instead, it takes a whole commitment to changing schedules and habits. Nonetheless, chlorella is a part of the solution to helping us raise healthy kids. It provides an easy, surprisingly tasty, form of insurance that can make it easier for families to turn things around.

About Mark Drucker, M.D.

Dr. Mark Drucker earned his Medical degree and Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Drucker began his medical career 23 years ago specializing in nutritional and natural medicine. Dr. Drucker is co-host of the popular radio talk show "Health Talk, A Second Opinion," is a distinguished speaker on natural health topics, and is the co-founder and Medical Director of the Center for Advanced Medicine. He is a certified member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging medicine, the American Academy of General Physicians, and a Diplomat Candidate of the American Board of Chelation Therapy, as well as a fellow member of the American College for the Advancement of Medicine.

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