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Chlorella

Synonyms/Common Names/Related Substances:

  • Arabinose, ARS-2, carotenoids, Chlorella kessleri, Chlorella pyrenoidosa, Chlorella pyrenoidosa TX 71105, Chlorella seaweed, Chlorella vulgaris, Chlorella vulgaris Beij., chlorophyll, functional food, galactose, Immurella, living food diet, manganese, microalgae, ONC-107, Oocystaceae (family), Respondin®, rhamnose, vitamin B12, vitamin K-rich foods.

Clinical Bottom Line/Effectiveness

Brief Background:

  • Chlorella spp. are single-cell green algae that reproduces quickly with only carbon dioxide, water, sunlight, and a few minerals. In the 1940s, chlorella was believed to be a "superfood" that could supply calories, fat, vitamins, and the then-known 10 essential amino acids that would be needed to feed the booming population. After it was discovered that chlorella was relatively difficult to cultivate and that it lost most of its nutritional value when processed, chlorella fell out of favor. However, interest has grown in chlorella, specifically for using it to boost the immune system and detoxification. Two clinical trials studying chlorella's effects on patients with fibromyalgia have shown positive results, although higher quality studies are needed for all areas of chlorella research.

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References

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