Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
Chlorella is a microscopic single-cell freshwater algae which has been found in numerous studies to be an amazing health promoting superfood. It is extremely high in chlorophyll through which it helps our body to process more oxygen thus boosting energy, detoxifying our blood and promoting repair of tissues.
According to Roman Sasik, Ph.D., “Chlorella is a type of unicellular aquatic organisms that acquired a superfood status, in part because of its complete amino acid profile and a high omega-3 DHA and EPA fatty acid content. It has also been reported to lower blood pressure in humans, lower serum cholesterol, boost immunity, and fight cancer.”
Although chlorella contains less beta-carotene and protein than spirulina, yet it has more essential fatty acids and is twice higher in the nucleic acid and chlorophyll. Chlorella contains more of the extremely beneficial for our health chlorophyll per gram than any plant – about 10 times more than alfalfa and green leafy vegetables and 5 times more than wheat grass. It is also an excellent source of natural iron, iodine, many vitamins and minerals, amino acids, phytonutrients, and essential fatty acids.
According the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers from Kyoto, Japan chlorella intake resulted in noticeable reductions in body fat, fasting blood glucose levels, and total serum cholesterol. It helps to repair our nerve tissues, enhancing our ability to focus and concentrate.
The phycocyanin found in chlorella is a great immune booster as it helps the body produce more stem cells, which can be used to destroy bacteria and viruses. A 1989 study conducted by the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences revealed that Chlorella was able to increase production of spleen stem cells and bone marrow greatly improving the functioning of human immune system.
Chlorella has very high levels of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), which help regulate gene activity, cellular function, detoxification, and is very effective in slowing down the ageing process through supporting cellular repair. Used regularly, Chlorella may assist in the repair of damaged genetic material in human cells, protecting our health and slowing down the ageing process. When our RNA and DNA are in good repair and are able to function most efficiently, our bodies get rid of toxins and avoid disease. When Dr. Benjamin Frank treated his patients with (mercury-free) sardines and other foods high in nucleic acids, they looked and felt much younger, improved their memory and concentration, and recovered from different health problems including depression and arthritis. Today, however, a regular fish consumption (including sardines) is not a good idea due to the high levels of mercury, lead and other heavy metals present in fish. For this reason it is much better to use Chlorella, all the more since it binds mercury and other toxins removing them from our body and has approximately 5 times more RNA than canned sardines, making it the ideal anti-ageing food.
Chlorella is an excellent detoxifying agent that neutralizes many poisons in human organism including heavy metals and pesticides. It binds to radioactive particles flushing them out of the body and is very effective in detoxifying our organism from mercury, which is very important as most of us might be contaminated with mercury through dental fillings, vaccination, or fish consumption. Chlorella is also able to help us detoxify our body from aluminium and fluoride regarded as a neurotoxin.
However, somehow Chlorella seems to “know” which metals are beneficial and which need to be removed and it does not bind to the beneficial minerals like magnesium or zinc. Chlorella safely absorbs toxic metals present in our colon. It has unique ability to bind lead, cadmium, or polychlorinated dibenzodioxins. It may help reduce high blood pressure, accelerate wound healing, and lower cholesterol levels. Chlorella also balances the body’s pH levels, improves digestion, and reduces radioactive damage.
Chlorella is one of the most widely used natural supplements in Japan, where about 10 million people use it on a regular basis. In Japan chlorella is actually more widespread and popular than vitamin C in North American and Europe.
Studies demonstrated Chlorella helps maintain healthy blood glucose levels and repair damage caused by radiation. It improves bowel function by stimulating friendly bacteria. Chlorella is actually regarded as the best food for friendly and health-promoting probiotic bacteria dwelling in our gut. Studies in Japan have shown chlorella helps reduce bad cholesterol, hypertension, and body fat.
A three-year study with 350 participants was undertaken at a Russian metal foundry, where more than 20 natural detoxifiers were used to remove heavy metals from people who had been exposed at very high levels to four main metals – mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic. The trial using chlorella eliminated ALL heavy metals, including mercury! With no reported side-effects!”
Another amazing ingredient of chlorella is its growth factor (CGF) which enables chlorella to quadruple itself every 20 hours, making its grow rate faster than any food crop on earth. CGF promotes normal cell growth, without promoting the growth of cancer cells. In addition, since CGF is related to the nucleic acid it also increases the activity of the most important cells of human immune system (T- and B- cells) which fight with viruses or cancer cells.
Regular intake of chlorella is also an excellent solution to the iodine deficiency which is a common problem today (due to the soil depletion). It is much safer to use only natural forms of iodine found in chlorella, spirulina, or kelp as it shouldn’t lead to any harmful side effects in case the iodine intake is too high. Taking too much of potassium iodide, on the other hand, can lead to thyrotoxicosis (overactive thyroid).
Although no known side effects associated with chlorella intake were discovered by now, yet due to the detoxification and colon cleansing process or your present state of health you may experience some temporary side effects such as bloating, gas, itchy skin, problems with getting asleep, excitement, or feelings of restlessness.
While taking chlorella remember to increase your water intake to 3 times a day 2-3 glasses between meals.
If you experience sleeping problems due to the fact that chlorella’s energy boosting abilities I would suggest to take it only before breakfast.
Keep in mind that there are many sources and types of Chlorella available so make sure you buy one with attestation and from a reliable manufacturer such as HealthAid where chlorella is regularly tested for to make sure is free from contamination.
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