What is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a genus of single cell green algae that grows in fresh water; it belongs to the phylum chlorophyta. It is consumes as the health supplements in Canada and the United States. When dried it is rich in protein and other nutrients such as minerals which includes magnesium, iron and also vitamins such as vitamin B-12, folate and vitamin B6. Proteins found in Chlorella provide amino acids which are important for health and growth of human.
Where Chlorella Comes From
Chlorella can be grown in different areas and climates; most Chlorella available in the US is grown in Taiwan and Japan. The entire plant is used to make medicines and nutritional supplements.
Benefits of Chlorella
Chlorella contains the highest amount of chlorophyll; it is consumed as a food supplement as it contains important nutrients that are highly beneficial for treating many diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. In many studies conducted on humans, it has been shown to increase bone density in postmenopausal women, it also prevents pregnancy problems such as proteinuria, edema 1 and anemia. It is very helpful in preventing the transfer of dioxins to fetus through the placenta and also to breast feeding infants. It is found to fight against infection and to boost the immune system. It has been shown to increase the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which helps to treat ulcers, colitis, diverticulosis and Crohn’s disease. It is also used to treat constipation, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Chlorella also protects the body from the effects of cancer radiation and has been used in the treatment of cancer.
Side Effects of Chlorella
Chlorella is not safe if it is used for a longer term, it is safe if it is used up to the period of two months. It has been known to cause severe allergic reactions including asthma as well as other serious breathing problems. In the first week of use it may cause stomach cramping, diarrhea, green stools, gas and nausea. It may increase the sensitivity of your skin and make it extra sensitive to sun; light skinned person should take precautions and wear sunblock.
Recommended Doses and Timing for Chlorella
Chlorella should be consumed in milligram amounts, in several studies it is recommended to take 5 to 10g every day.
It is processed to make liquid extracts and tablets. It is also used in the powdered form as a standalone product but it is also combined with spirulina, barley grass and wheat grass, these supplements are usually sold as green food supplements.
Some medications that reduce the immune system known as Immunosuppressants can interact with Chlorella. It might increase your immune system that reduces the effectiveness of such medications.