It was once proclaimed by the United Nations as a miracle food that could save humanity. During the 1950’s scientists were concerned that the world’s exploding population would lead to massive food shortages. At this time, researchers became aware of a nutrient-filled green algae called chlorella. The UN came to believe this fast-producing, waterborne algae could be a quick and cheap way to feed a planet on the edge of mass famine. In the end, chlorella was too expensive to cultivate on such a huge scale. And improved agricultural methods diminished fears of a world famine. Chlorella faded from world attention. Then several years ago, it was made available as a supplement. Chlorella was rediscovered by the public for its amazing array of nutrients. It’s rich in amino acids, beta carotene, B vitamins, protein, fiber, and several essential minerals. Since it’s packed with so many nutrients, chlorella can be used to help treat a number of serious health conditions.
Boost Your Immune System
One of the best ways for you to protect yourself from disease is to fortify your immune system. Regular adjustments by your chiropractor can play a key role in improving your body’s immunity.
Chlorella too also has a powerful effect in this area. It stimulates the production of interferon – a protein produced by the immune system. Interferon helps drive production of macrophages – white blood cells that sweep and swallow pathogens. Interferon also sparks action from T cells, which patrol the immune system.[i] When they’re boosted by chlorella, these cells do a better job of attacking invaders, such as cancerous tumors. [ii]
Detoxify Your Body
Chlorella may be a potent nutrient at removing dangerous contaminants we absorb daily. Research shows that chlorella binds to heavy metals, PCBs and other toxins and then carries them out through the body’s waste system. [iii]
Japan has done much of the research into chlorella’s role as a detoxifier. After nuclear bombs destroyed the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, researchers spent years studying substances that could diminish the damage caused from the byproducts of these weapons, such as cadmium and uranium. One Japanese study found that 8 grams of chlorella daily “increased the elimination of cadmium by sevenfold in urine of animals.”[iv]
Chlorella’s Amazing Versatility
Chlorella may help other health conditions. In double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trials conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University, researchers examined 97 people who suffered from one of three health problems; fibromyalgia, hypertension, or ulcerative colitis. The subjects were given 10 grams of chlorella extract every day for two to three months.
At the end of the study, researchers concluded that chlorella may reduce blood pressure, lower serum cholesterol, and accelerate wound healing. [v]
When combined with regular chiropractic adjustments, chlorella can play a role in helping to relieve joint pain, stiffness and headaches. [vi]
Do Your Research
There are scores of health manufacturers who sell chlorella supplements. Because it’s difficult for the body to digest it whole, chlorella needs to be thoroughly broken up or pulverized for optimal absorption. Ask your chiropractor what supplements might work best for you. And visit websites of supplement companies. Investigate their quality control methods. If you can’t find information about their processing, ask the companies questions to ensure you get the best possible supplements.
[i] Dietary Chlorella pyrenoidosa for patients with malignant glioma: Effects on immunocompetence, quality of life, and survival. Virginia Commonwealth University.
[ii] Oral administration of Chlorella vulgaris augments concomitant antitumor immunity. Department of Parasitology, University of Tokushima School of Medicine, Japan.
[iii] Disease Prevention And Treatment, Life Extension Foundation, page 859
[iv] Report to the General Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan 1973
[v] A review of recent clinical trials of the nutritional supplement Chlorella pyrenoidosa in the treatment of fibromyalgia, hypertension, and ulcerative colitis; Merchant, RE; Andre, CA; Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University
[vi] A review of recent clinical trials of the nutritional supplement Chlorella pyrenoidosa in the treatment of fibromyalgia, hypertension, and ulcerative colitis; Merchant, RE; Andre, CA; Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University