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Chlorella Powder Benefits

  • Two Medical Studies on the Benefits of Chlorella


    Chlorella explained – Get ready! 

    I am taking the mystery out of the eyebrow-raising green powder Chlorella that is often confused for Spirulina. Chlorella is not another nutritional fad.  In fact, this not so attractive algae plant has been a widely used ingredient in many health and beauty products for decades.

    Nutrition experts recommend it because it is one of the most nutrient-dense plants available and affordable. Known in the scientific community as a eukaryotic cell, the plant remains active within many clinical applications because of its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor properties. 

    Medical experts are finding supportive evidence that Chlorella may play a bigger role than previously thought in managing adverse health conditions. As a preventative measure, Chlorella is advocated by nutrition specialists for its ability to improve your overall health.

    I will discuss how this unlikely food source assists the body and why I think you should add it to your diet.

    Not merely a food coloring agent or chemically manufactured filler to turn your drinks and smoothies the color of green vegetables and fool you into health, Chlorella has always been a naturally occurring plant on earth.

    Popular in the 1970s in Japan, you may have heard that Chlorella might have been dangerous due to photosensitivity. This is no longer the case. Chlorella is considered to be safe for consumption and there are many substantial health benefits associated with regular use. 

    • Scientists estimate that there are approximately 100 different types of Chlorella in existence. The most common two types found in supplemental forms are Chlorella Vulgaris and Chlorella Pyrenoidosa. 


    • One of the lesser-known facts about Chlorella is that it is an amazing detoxifier – meaning it cleanses the body of harmful toxins. 


    • Chlorella may even be the key to growing the Rapunzel-like locks you have always dreamt of. How? It has been shown to assist in the production of Keratin resulting in enhanced hair growth. Also, it is a natural source of MSM (sulfur – the ingredient that helps to keep your hair in the growing phase.)


    • Chlorella is NOT the same as chlorophyll or spirulina. They are in the same family of the freshwater algae plant, but they have different properties, uses, and benefits.


    What - What is Chlorella Vulgaris?

    Chlorella Vulgaris is a microalgae-based food supplement popular because of its antioxidant properties.

    What - What is Chlorella Pyrenoidosa

    Chlorella Pyrenoidosa is a type of algae found in the water. The entire plant is used for supplementation and as a food source. Although very similar to chlorella vulgaris, research has found this type of chlorella is be more nutrient dense. It has a higher concentration of B12, amino acids, choline, and CGF (chlorella growth factor) and protein. 

    Where - Where does chlorella come from?

    Chlorella is a single-celled, microgreen-algae that grows in fresh water.

    When - When was chlorella first discovered?

    Chlorella is and has been a natural part of our earth. It wasn’t until the microscope was invented that we discovered the wonderful green plant. The discovery was made by Dutch Microbiologist, Dr. Beijerinck, in 1890.

    Why - Why is chlorella beneficial to our health?

    Chlorella is a highly prized supplement and alternative food source, primarily because it is considered to be a great source of protein. It is quite nutrient-dense and has concentrated phytochemicals, minerals, and vitamins containing sufficient amounts of b12, beta carotene, magnesium, just to name a few to sustain many important body functions. 

    Additionally, when added to a healthy diet and combined with a healthy lifestyle, chlorella is known to aid weight loss, cancer prevention, and overall immune support. There is also supportive evidence that it lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, and also detoxifies the body.

    How - How is chlorella obtained?

    Most chlorella is grown and sourced from Taiwan and Japan. From there, it is processed and made into supplemental forms and sold within the United States. You can buy chlorella at most health food stores online. 

    How is chlorella taken?

    Chlorella is made into many different formulations including pills, powder, extracts, and liquids.  Most chlorella products are designed to easily mix into popular juices and smoothie type concoctions.


    Study 1. Chlorella Vulgaris

    According to a recent study, there is strong evidence that if consumed daily, Chlorella Vulgaris may decrease high-serum cholesterol levels. This study is significant because high cholesterol is associated with advanced cardiovascular disease. 

    • The study was published in 2014 by the Bio-Med Central Nutrition Group, corresponding study authors and contributors.


    • The study was a double-blind, placebo-controlled, and randomized study to assess the daily impact of chlorella on 126 adults over the age of 20 with mildly high cholesterol levels. 


    • The study participants were administered chlorella in a tablet form in the amount of 5 grams a day over the course of four weeks.


    • The findings and conclusions were overwhelmingly positive. The conclusive evidence supports the fact that chlorella does have beneficial effects on those who suffer from mildly elevated cholesterol levels. 


    • The results measurements indicated an overall reduction in total serum cholesterol profiles.


    • Additionally, there was an increase in serum lutein/zeaxanthin levels as well. The researchers felt there was a correlation between the two and the reduced cholesterol levels might be a response to the synergistic effect of the wide range of nutrients and phytochemicals.

     *The overall consensus is that Chlorella should be added to a diet in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle

    Study 2. for Chlorella Pyrenoidosa:

    Study Title: Antineoplastic effects of Chlorella pyrenoidosa in the breast cancer model.

    This study is very pivotal as it details how the chlorella pyrenoidosa variety has properties that could assist in the prevention of cancer. It does this by inhibiting the growth of tumor activity.

    • The study was published in 2016 and was part of a special journal presentation, “The Management of the Cancer Patient”.


    • It highlighted the success in two key areas. The first was slowing the growth rate of breast cancer tumors (carcinomas) and second, improving prognosis in both the in-vitro trials and also in live human trials.


    • The study was published for a Nutrition Journal by a large group of scientists and researchers conducting a nutritional investigation. 


    • The study was first conducted upon rats and then later performed on live human breast tissue affected with adenocarcinoma cells.


    • In this experiment, it was concluded that chlorella pyrenoidosa presented anti-tumor activity with regards to human breast adenocarcinoma cells. 


    *The overall conclusions obtained by the results of the experiment is that chlorella pyrenoidosa did show positive effects on lipid metabolism in animals and it also showed signs of being able to halt the growth of cancerous breast tumors/cells. 

    So now you should have a better understanding of the two main types of chlorella and the important role they could be playing in your own personal health goals.

    We have learned how through daily supplementation, chlorella has the ability to help you maintain healthy cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels. 

    On a more serious note, we learned how valuable they may prove to be in the fight against cancer. What we know is that the body responds well to good nutrition and together with a healthy lifestyle, chlorella has the potential to bring your health up to an optimal level of performance.

    Based on what I have explained about the two types of Chlorella and how easy it is to supplement your diet with this powerful nutraceutical, how many possible benefits might apply to you if made Chlorella a regular part of your daily diet? 

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