Chlorella is a type of freshwater seaweed (green algae). It contains protein, iron, vitamins B and C, and other
It may contain substances that fight bacteria, fungi, tumors, and viruses.
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Why do people take chlorella?
Chlorella may help your immune system work better. Some evidence suggests chlorella may:
Help people with certain tumors better tolerate chemotherapy and radiation. Raise white blood cell count, which helps your body fight infections. Protect against cell damage from radiation and toxic metals, such as lead.
Chlorella may also increase the amount of healthy bacteria in your
intestines. Healthy bacteria help prevent stomach upset, diarrhea, and other symptoms.
Chlorella has been used to try to treat gastrointestinal disorders, including:
Chlorella has also been used to try to treat or prevent:
Asthma attacks Bad breath Fibromyalgia High cholesterol High blood pressure Low B-12 levels Premenstrual syndrome ( PMS) Trichomoniasis (a sexually transmitted infection) White patches on genitals called vulvar leukoplakia
Some people also take chlorella to try to:
Boost energy levels Detox the body Improve mental function
More research is needed to determine the effectiveness of chlorella to treat these conditions.
Can you get chlorella naturally from foods?
Chlorella is used as a food additive in Japan.
What are the risks of taking chlorella?
Studies suggest that chlorella may be safe when taken by mouth for a short amount of time, up to two months.
Side effects of chlorella include:
Bloating Diarrhea Fatigue Gas Green-colored stools Nausea Stomach cramps
Allergic reactions have been reported in some people taking chlorella. These reactions have included severe
breathing problems and a life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
There isn't enough research to know if chlorella is safe for women who are
pregnant or breastfeeding.
Chlorella may make it harder for
warfarin and other blood-thinning drugs to work.
supplements may contain iodine, so people with thyroid conditions may want to avoid taking chlorella.
Always tell your doctor about any supplements you are taking, including natural ones and those bought without a prescription. That way, your doctor can check on any potential side effects or interactions with any medications.
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