If you could only have one supplement, which one would you
choose? For its high nutrient content and potent defense against
disease and the ravages of aging, many people have put chlorella
at the top of their list. Now there are even more reasons
to cheer for chlorella. Scientists are documenting its potent
cancer fighting abilities including its ability to repair
damage to DNA and influence gene expression.
Carotenoids from chlorella make cancer cells die
Scientists in South Korea recently found that carotenoids
from chlorella may be effectively used to prevent cancer
in humans. They discovered the primary carotenoid from C.
ellipsoidea is violaxanthin, while the major carotenoid from
C. vulgaris is lutein. They examined the activity of semi-purified
extracts of these carotenoids against human cancer and found
they inhibited cancer cell growth in a dose-dependent manner.
When both were used together, appropriate programmed cell
death, known as apoptosis, was enhanced. The reason cancer
cells are so problematic is that they refuse to die on
cue. Chlorella made sure they followed through when it was
their time to die. The researchers also discovered that C.
ellipsoidea extract was 2.5 times more effective than C. vulgaris
at inducing the apoptotic effect. (Journal of Agricultural
and Food Chemistry, November 26, 2008).
Chlorella influences how genes express themselves
Scientists in Malaysia backed up this study by finding that
C. vulgaris kills cancer cells by decreasing expression of
the Bcl-2 gene. When this gene is mutated, it prevents cells
from dieing and allows cancers to develop. C. vulgaris also
increased the expression of capsase 8, a gene that plays a
central role in the execution phase of cell apoptosis (Journal
of Zhejiang University, Science B, January).
These findings offer a graphic example of how what we chose
to put into our bodies governs the way our genes express themselves.
The more we are able to regulate gene expression, the greater
the control we have over our physiological destiny.
More recent research has shown other anti-cancer bioactivity
including its ability to inhibit the COX-2 enzyme that leads
to cancer-causing inflammation and the pain that accompanies
it. Chlorella was shown to have anti-thrombotic effects that
can lead to increased blood flow and reduce the possibility
of platelet aggregation that might induce blood clots. It
reduces PLA2, an important marker of heart disease, and encourages
the production of proteins that regulate cell function, and
enzymes that regulate calcium
in the body. Formation and production of tumors, and viral
replication were inhibited by chlorella, and the anti-tumor
response of the immune
system was strengthened. (International Journal of
Food Sciences and Nutrition), December 23, 2008.
Chlorella fights cancer by boosting the immune system
Cancer cells develop in everyone's body. People who have never
been diagnosed with cancer have hundreds or thousands of cancerous
cells in their bodies on a daily basis. It is the job of the
immune system to make sure these dangerous cells are found
and destroyed before they can develop into full blown cancers.
When a person is diagnosed as having cancer, it means that
something has gone seriously wrong with their immune system.
Many health gurus have declared that cancer is a result of
immune system failure.
This means that one of the best ways to prevent cancer is
to strengthen the immune system. For people who have had cancer
and want to prevent recurrence, this is critical. The need
for a strong immune system to destroy cancerous cells is why
health advocates are so strongly against chemotherapy, which
destroys the body's immune system and leaves the person wide
open for more cancer.
Chlorella stimulates the immune system and the production
of interferon, one of the body's greatest natural defenses
against cancer. Increased production of interferon stimulates
macrophages, T-cells and tumor necrosis factor, the battery
of armed soldiers the body uses to fight off cancer. When
the immune system is strengthened, the body becomes again
able to fight off cancer as well as defend itself against
viruses, bacteria, chemicals, and foreign proteins.
Chlorella has a distinguished history as a cancer fighter
Although Western medicine has generally ignored chlorella,
scientists in the East have widely researched and documented
its cancer fighting abilities. One such study involved mice
given chlorella prior to being transplanted with breast tumors.
The results indicated a 70 percent survival rate in the chlorella
fed group, and a control group survival rate of zero.
In another study, fifteen patients with extremely deadly glioblastoma
were treated with high levels of chlorella, in some cases
combined with chemotherapy and radiation. There was an immediate
increase in their health and immune status, and they experienced
a 40 percent two-year survival rate, compared to the normal
two year survival rate of 10 percent for this type of cancer.
Chlorella is a treasure chest of life enhancing properties
Chlorella is a tiny, single-celled water-grown green algae
with a nucleus. It is chocked of nutrients including an immense
amount of readily available chlorophyll,
the life blood of plants. Chlorophyll absorbs energy from
the sun to facilitate photosynthesis. It is central to plant
and critical to plant functions such as growth and respiration.
Without this green blood of plants, life as we know it would
not exist. Chlorophyll is chemically similar in composition
to human blood, except that the central atom in chlorophyll
is magnesium, while iron is the central component in human
Chlorophyll neutralizes environmental
toxins and pollutants. It helps the blood carry oxygen
to all cells and tissues. Cancer cannot thrive in cells that
are fully oxygenated. Chlorophyll plays a part in chlorella's
ability to detoxify heavy
metals, and is a natural wound healer. There is evidence
that chlorophyll reduces the ability of carcinogens to bind
with DNA in major organs. Its anti-mutagenic properties make
it protective against toxins such as pharmaceutical drugs.
The vitamins and minerals in chlorella are plentiful. It is
rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K, and is one of the few whole
food sources of vitamin D. Chlorella has the complete vitamin
B complex with more B-12 than liver by weight. Beta carotene
and lutein, two carotenoids with a wealth of disease fighting
benefits, are found in abundance.
Chlorella contains 58% highly digestible complete vegetarian
protein. Zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, rare trace
minerals, essential fatty acids including gamma linolenic
acid (GLA), and polysaccharides are found in chlorella. One
of the ways chlorella eases digestion is through its broad
spectrum of enzymes that includes pepsin.
These nutrients were combined by nature, not a corporation.
As such, they exist in natural harmony and synergy and are
highly bioavailable for use in the body. This makes chlorella
a better choice than isolated compounds taken individually,
or combination compounds like multi-vitamin capsules. Chlorella
can replace many expensive individual supplements and drastically
lower the cost of supplementing while increasing its quality.
Just over 18% of chlorella is growth factor produced in its
nuclei. Chlorella growth factor offers many of the benefits
found in human growth hormone. Chlorella is up to 10% RNA,
and up to 3% DNA.
There is plenty of fiber too. The fibrous outer cell wall
of chlorella provides material to enhance digestion and keep
the digestive tract healthy.
Chlorella provides natural detoxification,
inflammation control, cholesterol regulation, immune system
strength, estrogen balance, blood sugar stabilization, and
digestive bliss. It is loaded with antioxidants to keep you
looking and feeling young, and even reduces the percentage
Chlorella reduces body fat
Researchers in Kyoto, Japan
fed chlorella for a 16 week period to 17 people with high-risk
factors for lifestyle-related diseases, and 17 healthy subjects.
They found that in both groups, chlorella intake resulted
in noticeable reductions in body fat percentages, total serum
cholesterol levels, and fasting blood glucose levels. They
found that many genes influencing metabolism and insulin signaling
pathways were influenced in their expression by chlorella.
When chlorella was no longer ingested, the genes returned
to their pre-ingestion state (Journal of Medicinal Food,
Chlorella is powerful detoxifier
The tough outer fiber rich cell wall of chlorella binds with
toxins, pesticides, and heavy metals making chlorella an excellent
choice for detoxification. It is useful in the breakdown of
persistent hydrocarbon and metallic toxins such as DDT, PCBs,
cadmium, and lead. These toxins remain in the environment
for long periods of time and degrade very slowly. Many actually
become more toxic as they degrade, such as PCBs' formation
These fat soluble toxins have accumulated in the food chain
and permeated the food supply. Virtually all Americans have
been shown to have excessive amounts of these chemicals stored
in their body fat. Anyone who is trying to lose weight should
be aware that environmental toxins are released from fat storage
and dumped into the blood stream as fats cells are broken
down. They need to be cleared from the body by a natural detoxification
system such as that offered by chlorella. Such toxins are
also harmful to thyroid
function and one of the reasons so many Americans suffer from
thyroid insufficiency. When the body is detoxified, many people
find their thyroid condition improves.
One of the reasons new mothers are given for why they should
not breast feed is the accumulation of dangerous levels of
dioxin in breast
milk. Scientists in Japan analyzed dioxin levels in breast
milk and maternal blood samples from 35 pregnant women. They
measured immunoglogulin A (IgA) concentrations in the milk
and investigated correlations with dioxin concentrations.
In addition, 18 of the 25 women took chlorella supplements
during their pregnancies.
The scientists found that toxic equivalents were significantly
lower in the breast milk of the women taking chlorella tablets
than in the control group. The results suggested that supplementing
with chlorella reduces transfer of dioxins to the child through
breast milk, although the lowered levels seen may have been
the result of more toxins being cleared from the bodies of
the mothers taking chlorella. IgA levels were significantly
higher in the chlorella group. Increased IgA levels in breast
milk are considered a sign of reduced risk of infection in
nursing infants (Journal of Medicinal Food, March,
Chlorella is a potent chelator, binding heavy metals and
escorting them out
A group of 40 rats was divided into one control group and
three groups that were treated with cadmium. One cadmium group
received no chlorella, one received 5% chlorella, and one
received 10% chlorella. After 8 weeks, the relative liver
weight was significantly lower in the group receiving no chlorella
compared with both groups receiving chlorella, indicating
severe liver damage in the no-chlorella group. The group displayed
significantly higher concentrations of cadmium in their livers
than did the groups receiving chlorella. Liver RNA was high
in the chlorella treated groups (Journal of Medicinal Food,
In another study assessing the chelating abilities of chlorella,
levels of interleukine-6, a stimulator of red blood cell production,
were investigated along with the number of adherent and non-adherent
cells. Mice that had been drinking water containing 1300 ppm
of lead acetate were treated with chlorella for 10 days. The
researchers found that chlorella improved cellular function,
increased the ability of cells to produce interleukin-6, and
restored the reduced number of non-adherent cells. Monitoring
of lead poisoning demonstrated that chlorella treatment significantly
reduced lead levels in blood and tissues, completely restoring
the normal levels of healthy fats in the liver, and decreasing
abnormally high plasma levels of fats (Food Chemistry Toxicology,
These findings make chlorella a highly desirable addition
to any meal containing foods in which the presence of heavy
metals is suspected, such as fish. Taking chlorella while
undergoing removal of dental fillings containing mercury will
allow the chlorella to bind with the mercury and escort it
out of the body.