What is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water and is used for nutrition and as medicine. It is a good source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals. Chlorella has been studied for its potential health benefits such as reducing blood pressure, improving cholesterol levels, and boosting immunity. It has also been studied for its potential use in treating cancer.
One study found that chlorella supplementation improved antioxidant status and immune function in healthy adults. It stated that that chlorella supplementation increased salivary SIgA concentrations in healthy adults after 4 weeks of intake compared to baseline. SIgA is an antibody that plays a critical role in mucosal immunity and helps protect against infections.
Another study found that chlorella supplementation reduced oxidative stress and inflammation in patients with type 2 diabetes. Chlorella has also been studied for its potential use in treating fibromyalgia.
Chlorella has been used as a supplement in animal feed due to its high nutritional value. It has also been used in biostimulation of plant growth.
In addition to these benefits, chlorella may help the body detox by binding to heavy metals and other toxins. It could enhance your immune system by fighting off infections. Chlorella’s high levels of antioxidants like vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids, and carotenoids like beta carotene combat free radicals which may help prevent cell damage that increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and certain cancers. Chlorella’s fatty acids and minerals like potassium also decrease blood vessel stiffness which improves the function of blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.
Here are some internal links you can use:
- Potential Health Benefits of Chlorella
- Chlorella Supplementation Study
- Chlorella as a Supplement in Animal Feed