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What Is Chlorella Algae?

By A. Gamm
Updated May 17, 2024
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Chlorella algae is a single cell form of algae that typically grows in fresh water and is primarily cultivated for commercial use in Taiwan and Japan. It has a high concentration of a variety of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates. It is therefore believed by several people to have numerous health benefits ranging from helping digestive issues to curing cancer. As of 2011, however, there is no scientific research that verifies these claims for human use.

The main feature of chlorella algae is the many properties it contains. Chlorella contains a high concentration of antioxidants, such as carotenoids and vitamin C. It also has vitamin B complexes, iron, vitamin K, carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Many people claim that chlorella algae have a number of health benefits. It is said to help bowel movements as well as increase the number of good bacteria in the digestive system. Chlorella algae may also boost immunity, detoxify the body, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, fight both bacterial and viral infections, and clear ulcers. Most notably, it is believed to cure and prevent certain cancers and is frequently used to combat several radiation side effects in cancer patients.

Several people also note that chlorella algae increases the amount of Albumin in the blood. As such, chlorella algae are also attributed to aiding in fighting as well as preventing several other conditions and illnesses. These may include the prevention of other bodily infections, anemia, AIDS, hepatitis, diabetes and arthritis.

The algae may be taken as a pill, a liquid or in powdered form. There is no set dosage, but in most cases, it depends on the individual’s age, weight, metabolism and the intended use of the chlorella algae. Dosage may be anywhere between 2 and 15 grams. Side effects may include flatulence, nausea, stomach cramping and discolored bowel movements. Typically, these side effects disappear over time. As of 2011, the algae has not been tested for a toxicity level in humans.

Although there are several who promote the supposed benefits of chlorella, as of 2011 none of them have been verified to be true with human patients. A few studies have been performed in animal studies and have shown to be effective, but what testing that has been performed on humans showed no difference. The United States Food and Drug Administration has officially requested retailers who sell chlorella algae to remove any claims made on its benefits until conclusive research has been performed.

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