Chlorella is a good source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals. Most of the chlorella that is available in the U.S. is grown in Japan or Taiwan. It's made into tablets and liquid extracts.
Chlorella is used to prevent low levels of iron during pregnancy. It is also used for depression, menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, high cholesterol, and other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support many of these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chlorella is safe or what the side effects might be.
Special Precautions and Warnings
When applied to the skin: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chlorella is safe or what the side effects might be. Pregnancy: Chlorella is possibly safe when taken by mouth for up to 28 weeks, starting during the second trimester of pregnancy.
Breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if chlorella is safe to use when breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Allergy to molds: Chlorella might cause an allergic reaction in people who are also allergic to molds.
Weak immune system (immunodeficiency): Chlorella might cause "bad" bacteria to take over in the intestine of people who have a weak immune system. Use caution if you have a weakened immune system.
Iodine sensitivity: Chlorella can contain iodine. Chlorella might cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to iodine.
Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with CHLORELLA
Chlorella contains large amounts of vitamin K. Vitamin K is used by the body to help the blood clot. Warfarin is used to slow blood clotting. Chlorella might decrease the effects of warfarin. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin might need to be changed.
Medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight (Photosensitizing drugs) interacts with CHLORELLA
Some medications might make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. Chlorella might also make the skin more sensitive to sunlight. Using these products together might increase the risk of sunburn, blistering, or rashes when the skin is exposed to sunlight. Be sure to wear sunblock and protective clothing when spending time in the sun.
Be cautious with this combination
Keep in mind that chlorella products can vary depending on the way the chlorella was cultivated, harvested, and processed. Dried chlorella can contain from 7% to 88% protein, 6% to 38% carbohydrates, and 7% to 75% fat.
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