Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH
I personally believe Chlorella is the best natural super food and natural remedy in the world. And you should agree with me after reading this article.
Chlorella is a microscopic single-cell freshwater algae which has been found in numerous studies to be an amazing health promoting superfood used to treat some of the most deadly diseases, such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and AIDS. 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.” (Chlorella, January 19th, 2012)
Because it is believed that a powerful phytochemical found in chlorella can even repair a nerve damage in human brain and nervous system chlorella is being often used in the recovery of patients with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
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 in the body. 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 aging process through supporting cellular repair. Used regularly, Chlorella would assist in the repair of damaged genetic material in human cells, protecting our health. 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 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 very 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-aging 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. It also detoxifies our body from aluminium and fluoride regarded as neurotoxin. However, Chlorella “knows” which metals are beneficial and which chemicals need to be removed and therefore it does not bind to 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 reduces high blood pressure, accelerates wound healing, and lowers cholesterol levels. Chlorella also balances the body’s pH levels, improves digestion, and reduces radioactive damage.
In one of his articles about Chlorella Dr Joseph Mercola says that, “Chlorella is a powerful detoxification aid for heavy metals and other toxins including fluoride, pesticides and herbicides, persistent hydrocarbons, mercury, cadmium, lead, DDT and PCB while strengthening the immune system response. Chlorella is actually one of the most widely used supplements in Japan, where over 10 million people use it regularly. The Japanese use of chlorella is more widespread than the North American use of vitamin C. Chlorella regulates sugar level in the blood, repairs damage from radiation, improves bowel function by stimulating friendly bacteria. 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!” (Chlorella, 01 Feb 2012)
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. Like spirulina, it has been clinically shown to demonstrate stunning preventive and curative properties when it comes to different types of cancers.
Regular intake of chlorella is also an excellent solution to the iodine deficiency which is a common problem today (due to soil depletion). It is much safer to use only natural forms of iodine found in chlorella, spirulina, or kelp as it will not lead to any harmful side effects in case your 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.
Suggested dosage: Since Chlorella is a powerful detoxifier and energy booster it is better if you start with a smaller dose such as 1 teaspoon or 3 tablets 30 minutes before breakfast and the same amount 30 minutes before lunch with 2 glasses of water, vegetable juice or smoothie. Then gradually increase the intake every day (by approximately 1 tablet) until reaching the maximum dose of 2 heaped tablespoons or about 20 tablets (500mg) 30 min before breakfast and not more than half of the amount 30 min before lunch. Altogether you can take 2-4 round tablespoons or about 20-40 tablets (500mg per tablet) of organic chlorella a day. The dose of course also depends on age and body weight.
The younger the children the smaller dose should be used. In case of small children I would start from half a teaspoon mixed with breakfast and slowly increase to 1 teaspoon 2 times a day. Older children can start from 1 flat teaspoon and gradually increase to 1 tablespoon with breakfast and lunch.
If you don’t like the taste of Chlorella powder take tablets without any binders or fillers.
Since Chlorella is a form of highly nutritious food it is advisable and more beneficial to chew or at least break the tablets in mouth before swallowing them as it will make easier for the digestive system to process it later.
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 boosts energy 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 organic chlorella with attestation and from a reliable source.
I always recommend taking chlorella together or alternatively with other super foods such as Spirulina – another amazing superfood >
If you decide to take spirulina and chlorella together take 1 tablespoon (about ten 500mg tablets) of each about 30 min before breakfast.
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