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By | June 6th, 2012 | Modified - January 4th, 2014

What Is Chlorella?

Chlorella Benefits: What Is Chlorella
Chlorella Benefits: What Is Chlorella

Many people don’t know about chlorella and when they run into the term many wonder, “What is Chlorella?” Chlorella is a micro-algae and a detoxifier that is used as a natural dietary supplement and detoxifier, and the chlorella benefits are high concentrations of chlorophyll, beta carotene, vitamin complex and B-12, magnesium, iron, RNA, DNA, protein, and amino acids.

Chlorophyll | Chelation of Heavy Metals

Chlorophyll binds to heavy metals in the body and removes them from the body in a process called chelation. Heavy metal chelation is the process of using substances that have been shown to bind with particular heavy metals, toxins, and pesticides to remove them from the body.

Chlorella’s Antioxidant Properties

Chlorella contains mixed carotenoids. Carotenoids act as antioxidants that protect healthy cells from free radical damage. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage cells and cause aging. Free radicals have an uneven number of electrons and look to steal an electron from another molecule. They look to bond with other molecules (a cell wall), stealing an electron and destroying that the integrity of the molecule.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by donating one of their own electrons. The antioxidant themselves don't become free radicals by donating an electron because they are stable in either form. Chlorella also contains anitoxidants: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium.

Magnesium in Chlorella

Chlorella is a natural and rich source of the mineral magnesium. Magnesium is involved in more than 300 tasks in the body. It is essential in maintaining normal heart function, muscle and nerve function, supporting the immune system, and keeping bones strong. Magnesium helps in regulating blood sugar levels, supporting normal blood pressure, regulating hypertension, and is involved in converting blood sugar to energy and protein synthesis.

Chlorella | Stimulates the Immune System

Chlorella increases interferon levels in the body. Interferon are proteins that are released by cells in response to the presence of viruses, bacteria, parasites, and tumor cells. Interferon interferes with the viral reproduction in cells, activates immune cells called macrophages, and increases the ability of an infected cells to resist infection by a new viruses.

Chlorella Growth Factor

CGF is a nucleotide-peptide complex of Chlorella and is made mostly of nucleic acid derivatives. CGF allows chlorella to grow at a very fast rate and each of its cells multiplies into four cells bout every 20 hours. Experiments have shown the CGF promotes cell growth, enhances RNA/DNA functions responsible for the production of enzymes and proteins, and stimulates cell repair.

I use chlorella as a detoxifier and as a natural vitamin and mineral supplement. Vegans need to follow their B12 levels because most of the B12 we get comes from animal sources and fortified foods which are not usually vegan. When I started my vegan diet maintaining my B12 levels were a concern. I choose to stick with chlorella and spirulina as supplements to get my B12. There are different opinions as to if chlorella is a viable source of vitamin B12, if the B12 found in chlorella is the form of B12 that the body needs. Well after being on a vegan diet for a couple of months and getting a physical and blood-work done, my B12 levels are good. I am going to schedule another test in a couple of months a check my B12 levels again. I did order a bottle of vegan B12 supplements but I haven't used them. They are around just in case….

References:
Chlorella Wikipedia
Interferon Wiki
Chelation Therapy
Vitamin B12 in the Vegan Diet

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I obtained a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. I eat a plant based diet and I am an avid researcher of the benefits of a whole food, plant based alkaline diet. I obtained a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and have studied social work. I am a web designer/developer and I enjoy boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging. Eating a plant based diet and exercising is a great way to achieve healthy living. ~ Natural Life Energy

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  • faisal says:

    Hi Aqiyl . Can you comment on these notes i found on a website. thanks

    Chlorella is POSSIBLY SAFE when used short-term (up to 2 months). The most common side effects include diarrhea, nausea, gas (flatulence), green discoloration of the stools, and stomach cramping, especially in the first week of use.

    Chlorella has caused serious allergic reactions, including asthma and other dangerous breathing problems.

    Chlorella can cause skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned.
    Special Precautions & Warnings:
    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of chlorella during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

    Iodine sensitivity: Chlorella can contain iodine. Therefore, chlorella might cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to iodine.

    Weak immune system (immunodeficiency): There is a concern that chlorella might cause “bad” bacteria to take over in the intestine of people who have a weak immune system. Be careful with chlorella if you have this problem.

    “Autoimmune diseases” such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions: Chlorella might cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of autoimmune diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it’s best to avoid using chlorella.

    • Aqiyl says:

      Hi Faisal.

      Keep in mind that anyone can have a bad reaction to anything. Woman who are pregnant need to be more careful of many things they eat than women who are not pregnant.

      I have used chlorella daily for more then two months and have experienced none of the side effects you listed.

      I did not have an allergic reaction to chlorella.

      Chlorella did not cause me any skin issues.

      Many of us are deficient in iodine and actually need more in our diet. Japanese people consume way more iodine that is recommended and have no problems with it.

      Chlorella helped to strengthen my immune system.

      If you have an autoimmune disease, many foods can be an issue, including meat, eggs, peanuts, dairy, gluten, and more.

      If you have a weak immune system or autoimmune disease you you should consult with you doctor because there is a long list of foods that you might have to avoid.
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  • GleeAnna says:

    my mom gave me a bottle of chlorella… ever since I started taking it I have noticed a huge difference! Did you know it cuts down on body odor? I have found that ever since I started taking it I don’t find the need to apply as much deodorant! I of course use it every day haha… Also i have noticed an increase in my energy levels and overall health… I love this stuff and will recommend it to everyone i know… thanks!

  • Evelyn Parham says:

    I think I'll check out chlorella. I take spirulina, but I'm not consistent with taking it. Chlorella has some pretty good benefits. Next on my list to try. I'm bad about taking my B-12 supplement. I'll definitely make some changes. Great info, as always!


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