When you think of your overall health and well being, I highly doubt that a single-celled algae discovered over 540 million years ago pops into your mind, but chlorella is a powerful organism that serves a multitude of amazing health benefits.
Over two years ago, I began taking chlorella and began giving it to my family. For us personally, we have gotten sick much less, have more energy and function better overall. It has done fantastic things for all of us and that’s the main reason why I recommend it to those who need a detox or cleanse.
Disclosure: This post is more informational purposes only and is not intended to treat or prevent illness. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting or stopping any health regimen. This post may contain Amazon affiliate links for the convenience of my readers.
What Is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a single-celled green algae that was very likely one of the first organisms here on earth! It’s absolutely ancient. Fossil records indicate chlorella was around at least 540 million years ago! (Source). We can safely say that chlorella has survived through decades of viruses, bacteria, virus, climate changes and any other earthly catastrophes to make it to us today, and its unique construction and healing abilities are the reason for that.
Chlorella is a nutrient-dense superfood that contains 60% protein, 18 amino acids (including all the essential amino acids), and various vitamins and minerals.
Amazing Healing Abilities of Chlorella
Chlorella’s super sturdy cell wall is nearly unbreakable. The special materials that make this durable cell wall have been shown to bind with heavy metals, pesticides and toxins and carry them safely out of our bodies. (This can be especially important if you have vaccinated your children or yourself. Read more about vaccines in another post here)
Chlorella has the ability to detox the body from biotoxins such as tuberculosis, lyme disease, tetanus toxins and mold. It also filters out xenobiotics such as phytates, dioxins, pesticides, & industrial waste. It can bind and eliminate heavy metals like mercury, lead, nickel & aluminum. It also pulls out food preservatives, artificial flavorings & colorings.
Chlorella turns on the natural detoxification switch by increasing intracellular reduced glutathione. Glutathione functions to scavenge free radicals and renew the anti-oxidant properties of vitamin C & E. Low glutathione levels significantly reduce the body’s ability to adapt to stress and push toxins out of cells. As glutathione increases the cells begin to remove toxic debris. (Source)
chlorella reproduces at a really rapid rate, rejuvenating into four new cells approximately every 17-20 hours. The impact behind its rapid reproduction is the special chlorella growth factor found in the nucleus of each chlorella cell. These very same chlorella growth factors can safely fuel your body’s regeneration also.
- Immunity Boost
Many studies show a powerful immune response from those taking chlorella. Chlorella, called a “Blood Builder” by Hippocrates Health Institute has the ability to increase white and red blood cells, your warriors against disease, cancer cells and other ailments. You can read one study here. We will talk more about cancer below.
Chlorella & Cancer
To grasp chlorella’s true benefits in fighting cancer, you must first understand cancer’s connection to immune system dysfunction. Believe it or not, cancer cells develop in all of our bodies each and every day! Even in those of us who have never “had cancer.” or been diagnosed. This may sound frightening, but it’s normal and healthy bodies are engineered for this!
When these cancer cells develop, our healthy immune systems naturally and efficiently attack and destroy them before cancer symptoms and problems happen.
So why do some people get cancer? Well, on the other end of the spectrum, when cancer does appear, these symptoms are an indication of the immune system’s sudden inability to effectively fight cancer cells that had been appearing all along. In this sense, cancer is an immune system malfunction more than anything else. Read more here.
With that information being said, one of your best defenses against cancer is to strengthen your immune system. This is where chlorella comes in. Chlorella’s claim is not killing cancer cells, but discouraging their growth, strengthening the immune system in response to cancerous cells and raising blood levels of the protein albumin.
Although Western medicine has largely ignored chlorella, Japanese scientists have been widely researching chlorella’s benefits since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. A related study on anti-cancer effects of chlorella in cancer in rats can be found here.
Other Ailments Improved By Healing Abilities of Chlorella
- Digestion Issues
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Teeth & Gum Conditions
- Blood Sugar Issues
- Poor Vision
- Skin Conditions
- Poor Energy
- Poor Immune Function
- Heavy Metals
- Oxidative Stress
- High Chlolesterol
- High Blood Glucose Levels
Read more here.
Chlorella Safety In Pregnant & Breastfeeding Women
Not only do studies show that chlorella is safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but they show that chlorella is beneficial to both mom and baby. Studies suggest that Chlorella supplementation not only reduces dioxin ( highly toxic and persistent chemical that can cause cancer) in breast milk, but may also have beneficial effects on nursing infants by increasing IgA levels in breast milk.
Read the intriguing study here. Always consult your healthcare provider if you have questions about chlorella during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Is All Chlorella Created Equally?
Now that you can see the health benefits of chlorella, you need to make the decision on which brands use the best growing practices. Buying the wrong brand can be a waste of money or even make you sick!
- Confirm that chlorella is protected from environmental toxins. Outdoor water sources should be covered during rain and high winds that can carry contaminants.
- Make sure that the chlorella is 100% pure and preferably third-party laboratory-tested.
- Make sure there are no detectable impurities or bacteria tested in labs.
- Ensure the chlorella is micronized. A half gram of micronized chlorella is stronger than 25 grams of a conventional chlorella product. In order to achieve detox with normal chlorella a person would have to take so much it would actually harm them, but this problem is overcome with micronized chlorella because one can achieve the detox result with 1/50th of the amount of chlorella required to do so.
- Consider the source of the chlorella. Ensure that your brand is produced responsibility and safely.
Stay well my friends,
Naturally Nicole XO