Chlorella

Chlorella, courtesy rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

Grade A Japanese Chlorella is one of the ingredients of Dr. Grossman's Advanced Vision Support Formula.

Chlorella is a single celled green algae that grows in fresh water. It is best known as an aide in removing heavy metals from the body. It helps support the immune system, energy levels, purify the blood, and improve digestion. It has been utilized to research plant metabolism and ways to make biofuel more effective.

There's been some interesting research on chlorella supplementation.

  • Researchers have identified the powerful antioxidant lutein as the major pigment component of chlorella. The scientists also report that the lutein-protein complex found in chlorella may support the activites of superoxide dismutase, catalase, and glutathione.6
  • Double-blind tests with lab animals suggests that aerobic endurance capacity, at least in the young, is enhanced.1
  • In a pilot study researchers found significant improvements in patients with major despressive disorder (MDD) after supplementation with Chlorella vulgaris.2
  • Researchers reported that in a double-blind study Chlorella vulgaris supplementation caused significantly reduced levels of certain toxins in the body.3 Similar studies have replicated the algae's capacity to reduce various toxins in the body.
  • In a double-blind study Chlorella vulgaris has been found to help improve weight, liver enzymes, fasting blood sugar and lipid profile in patients with fatty-liver disease.4
  • Another double-blind study found that patients with mildly high cholesterol levels exhibited remarkable improvement after supplementation with Chorella, perhaps through enhancing the activity of carotenoids. 5 This research has been replicated by similar studies.

Footnotes

1. S. Unemoto, et al, Chlorella-derived multicomponent supplementation increases aerobic endurance capacity in young individuals, Journal of Clinical Biochemical Nutrition, September, 2014.
2. Y. Panahi, et al, A randomized controlled trial of 6-week Chlorella vulgaris supplementation in patients with major depressive disorder, Complementary Therapies in Medcine, August, 2015.
3. I. Lee, et al, Detoxification of chlorella supplement on heterocyclic amines in Korean young adults, Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, January, 2015.
4. M. Ebrahimi-Mameghani, et al, The Effect of Chlorella vulgaris Supplementation on Liver En-zymes, Serum Glucose and Lipid Profile in Patients with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Health Promotion Perspectives, July, 2014.
5. N. H. Ryu, et al, Impact of daily Chlorella consumption on serum lipid and carotenoid profiles in mildly hypercholesterolemic adults: a double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled study, Nutrition Journal, June, 2014.
6. X. Cai, et al, Isolation of a novel lutein-protein complex from Chlorella vulgaris and its functional properties, Food & Function, June 2015.