Being green may not be easy – even if you’re an internationally famous frog puppet – but when it comes to the ‘green food’ supplement called chlorella, being green is a very good thing to be.
This supplement shows tremendous promise as a natural detoxifier, immune system booster, and perhaps even a cancer fighter.
In a previous e-alert a member asked for advice on how to help her father get some much-needed nutrition after his appetite was suppressed by radiation treatments for lung cancer. Dr Allan Spreen, suggested chlorella, which he described as nutrient dense and easily digested (not to mention ‘inexpensive and excellent’).
Chlorella is a freshwater algae that contains such a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids that it’s considered to be a nearly perfect whole food. Chlorella is also the richest source of chlorophyll on earth.
Animal studies have revealed that chlorella may stimulate the production of immune system factors like macrophages, leukocytes, and interferon. But in recent years, chlorella research has moved beyond animal trials with studies that have examined the therapeutic effects of chlorella on fibromyalgia.
The primary symptoms of fibromyalgia involve inflammation or pain in joints and muscles, often accompanied by fatigue. This chronic condition is difficult to diagnose and not easy to treat.
In two separate clinical trials conducted in Japan, researchers found that daily therapy with 10 grams of chlorella in tablet form and 100 millilitres of chlorella liquid extract brought improvements in pain, sleep, and anxiety – all common measures of fibromyalgia severity.
After three months, 62 per cent of the fibromyalgia patients taking the chlorella scored better on pain assessment measures – an improvement that was not seen when the same patients took a placebo. Overall, 71 per cent of the participants said that chlorella helped to improve their fibromyalgia symptoms, with no side effects.
Chlorella research has also been conducted on patients with ulcerative colitis (inflammation of the large intestine, characterised by abdominal pain and chronic diarrhoea).
In a study of eight people with ulcerative colitis, researchers found that chlorella significantly improved patients’ symptoms. Each subject took 10 grams of chlorella in tablet form and 100 millilitres of chlorella liquid extract daily.
After two months, the subjects completed a 32-question survey, noting the supplement’s effect on four areas: symptoms related to the primary bowel disturbance, systemic symptoms, emotional impact, and social impact.
The results showed strong improvement across the board. The participants also reported that the severity of their attacks lessened considerably soon after they began taking chlorella, and that their symptoms continued to reduce or remained stable over the course of the study.
Cancer and chemo
Chlorella’s use as a cancer-fighting agent is still relatively unexplored.
According to ‘The Cancer Chronicles’ – published by the renowned cancer researcher Prof. Ralph Moss – chlorella has been shown to significantly prolong the lives of mice implanted with cancer cells. In one study, the benefits of chlorella were particularly strong when chlorella was given before the cancer was introduced, indicating a potential course of cancer prevention.
Dr. Moss also reports that more than 40 years ago researchers found chlorella to be effective in reversing the fatigue associated with chemotherapy. Chlorella has been shown to quickly restore white blood cells that are killed by chemotherapy, without affecting the potency of the chemo.
When using a natural agent such as chlorella as a therapy for cancer, ulcerative colitis, fibromyalgia or any other health problem, it’s always best to consult a doctor or a trusted health care professional. Chlorella is not known to cause side effects, but its use may be associated with mild adverse reactions triggered by the detoxification of pesticides and heavy metals stored in the body.
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