Did you know that chlorella can ease fibromyalgia and depression, boost the immune system, lower blood pressure and shows promise in preventing and treating cancer? A tall order for any supplement, yet research in recent years has uncovered several startling benefits of this ancient food. Rich in nutrients and a supreme detoxifier, chlorella is a superfood that should grace every diet.
Grown throughout Asia, chlorella is a vibrant blue-green algae that grows in freshwater ponds and is packed with nutrients. In fact, after the Second World War when food shortages hit, scientists explored the idea of using chlorella to deflect starvation and malnutrition. Teeming with protein, chlorophyll, vitamins A, C, E and K along with iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc, chlorella could prove to be the missing link in nutrient deficient modern diets.
A mighty defense against toxins and suppressed immunity
Not only rich in vitamins and minerals, chlorella is also a formidable sponge -- binding to a variety of health harming toxins and safety sweeping the offenders out of the system. Arsenic, lead, pesticides, mercury, cadmium, uranium and PCB have been successfully removed from the body using chlorella. It also has been shown to strengthen the liver and assists in detoxifying bacteria and fungi circulating within the blood.
While reducing the load on the body, chlorella also gives the immune system a substantial boost. Research has shown hot water extracts of chlorella stimulate T cell activity -- helping to destroy viruses and tumors. Dr. Michael Tierra, L.Ac., N.D., author of Treating Cancer with Herbs, recommends "…chlorella to all cancer patients regardless of any other green drink they might use" due to its superior nutrition and enhancement of immune function.
Fibromyalgia, depression and high blood pressure - chlorella to the rescue
In addition to helping minimize the risk of cancer, chlorella is a potent ally against the heaviness of depression, pain of fibromyalgia and dangers of high blood pressure. Two unique Japanese clinical trials found that daily consumption of 10 grams of chlorella tablets and 100 milliliters of liquid extract reduced pain, anxiety and insomnia in those suffering from fibromyalgia. After three months, 71 percent of the trial participants felt chlorella improved their symptoms without side effects. Similarly, those struggling with depression could find relief from the algae too. Nadia Brydon, senior therapist in complementary medicine at Breast Cancer Haven, believes the high magnesium content of chlorella is "… one of nature's antidepressants and helps us cope with stress." Not only depression, but high blood pressure is eased as well. According to Bio-Sources:
"Laboratory experiments have indicated that chlorella can significantly lower high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis by widening the arterial vessels. Chlorella contains a greater quantity of essential fatty acids (EFA) than spirulina and 20% of these EFAs are omega-3, an artery cleansing agent and a reducer of "bad cholesterol" (as opposed to "good cholesterol"). Also, many case reports have been documented of people stating that their blood pressure problems disappeared after taking chlorella for a duration of three months to a year."
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