Daily Supplements containing Chlorella may reduce cholesterol and triglycerides level in people with mildly elevated cholesterol level, says a new study from Korea.
A double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial was performed to test the hypothesis that a daily intake of Chlorella may improve serum lipid profile through enhancement of serum carotenoid concentration in mildly hypercholesterolemic subjects. Compared with the control group, the Chlorella group exhibited remarkable changes in total cholesterol (Chlorella −1.6%; placebo 0.03%; P = 0.036), triglycerides (Chlorella −10.3%; placebo 11.9%; P = 0.002), lutein/zeaxanthin (Chlorella 89.6%; placebo −1.7%; P < 0.0001), and α-carotene (Chlorella 163.6%; placebo 15%; P < 0.0001). Improvement of serum lipids was supported by significant reductions of very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (Chlorella −11%; placebo 11.8%; P = 0.006), apolipoprotein B (Chlorella −1.5%; placebo 1.7%; P = 0.044), non high-density lipoprotein (Chlorella −2.6%; placebo −0.5%; P = 0.032), and high-density lipoprotein/triglycerides (Chlorella 4.0%; placebo −9.5%; P = 0.023), suggesting an inhibitory effect of Chlorella on the intestinal absorption of dietary and endogenous lipids. Further, the changes of serum lipids appeared to be associated with the changes of serum carotenoids.
Impact of daily Chlorella consumption on serum lipid and carotenoid profiles in mildly hypercholesterolemic adults: a double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled study By Na Hee Ryu and Co-workers., Nutrition Journal (2014) 13:57.
Effect of Chlorella supplementation on cardiovascular risk factors: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.
the effect of chlorella supplementation on cardiovascular risk factors of subjects with different health status has not been conclusively studied. therefore, the efficacy of chlorella supplementation on cardiovascular risk factors was assessed through a meta-analysis. meta-analysis on 19 rcts with 797 subjects indicated that chlorella administration significantly decreased the levels of total cholesterol (tc; -9.09 mg/dl, 95% ci: -12.91 to -5.26, p < 0.001), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (ldl-c; -8.32 mg/dl, 95% ci: -12.22 to -4.42, p < 0.001), systolic blood pressure (sbp; -4.51 mmhg, 95% ci: -6.53 to -2.48, p < 0.001), diastolic blood pressure (dbp, -1.64 mmhg, 95% ci: -3.28 to -0.01, p = 0.049), and fasting blood glucose (fbg; -4.23 mg/dl, 95% ci: -8.29 to -0.17, p = 0.041) whereas changes in triglycerides (tg; 1.73 mg/dl, 95% ci: -7.25 to 10.70, p = 0.706), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (hdl-c; 1.54 mg/dl, 95% ci: -2.40 to 5.48, p = 0.443), and body mass index (bmi; -0.23 kg/m2, 95% ci: -0.97 to 0.51, p = 0.545) was not statistically significant.
A dietary cholesterol challenge study to assess chlorella supplementation in maintaining healthy lipid levels in adults: a double-blinded, randomized, placebocontrolled study.
This study aimed to conduct a pioneering investigation to clarify this issue in healthy subjects by adopting a dietary cholesterol challenge, which has not been used previously in similar studies of chlorella in hypercholesterolemia. the dietary cholesterol challenge induced consistently higher concentrations of serum total cholesterol (tc, p < 0.001), ldl-c (p = 0.004), and hdl-c (p = 0.010) compared with baseline values, suggesting that the challenge was reliable. thus, we observed a preventive action of chlorella in maintaining serum tc versus placebo levels (3.5 % versus 9.8 %, respectively; p = 0.037) and ldl-c versus placebo levels (1.7 % versus 14.3 %, respectively; p = 0.012) against excessive dietary cholesterol intake and in augmenting hdl-c versus placebo levels (8.3 % versus 3.8 %, respectively). furthermore, serum α-carotene showed the best separation between the placebo and chlorella groups (r2 x and r2 y > 0.5; q2 > 0.4).
A Dietary Cholesterol Challenge Study To Assess Chlorella Supplementation In Maintaining Healthy Lipid Levels In Adults: A Double-Blinded, Randomized, Placebocontrolled Study. By Sangmi Kim And Co-Workers Nutrition Journal (2016) 15:54
Chlorella found to dramatically improve cardiovascular health
(Natural News) A Meta-Analysis Of Chlorella Supplementation, Published In The Journal Clinical Nutrition, Reveals That Chlorella Helps Support The Cardiovascular System, As Reported By NutraIngredients-USA.Com.
Chlorella can give yuor heart a break
by adding super foods like chlorella to your nutritional program, you can begin to reduce your risk of heart disease. taking chlorella tablets or granules today is an excellent way to start a lifelong commitment to better health.
Chlorella is a “cholesterol-cutting superfood
Simply by taking 9 grams of chlorella per day for one year, without any change in diet, total serum cholesterol and artery-clogging ldl cholesterol levels were “significantly” lowered in people participating in a pilot study conducted in japan. a recent study conducted in the u.s. on hypertensive patients produced a similar decrease in cholesterol levels.
Chlorella can help fight free radical damage that can lead to arterial lesions and plaque buildup associated with arteriosclerosis.
Bad habits bring out the worst in people – this is true with cholesterol as well. free radicals we’re exposed to through improper diet, smoking and environmental toxins can make cholesterol a serious problem. normally, antioxidants carried around with cholesterol to prevent free radical damage. because of poor diet and nutritional week foods, we are not getting an adequate supply of antioxidants to “ride shotgun.”
Chlorella may improve elasticity of arteries
The arteries start losing their elasticity, when their walls become thickened and hardened. the aorta acts like an “elastic buffering chamber for blood leaving the heart, and any loss of elasticity forces the heart to work harder to pump blood. blood vessel elasticity was improved in half of one study’s participants, who were receiving a very small dose of chlorella tablets and extract daily for a short period of time. as reported in the book “chlorella, natural medicinal algae” for two months, ten people received 0.5 ounces of chlorella liquid extract along with a negligible amount of tablets (0.25 grams). in his book, dr. david steenblock suggests that the duration of this study may have been too short and the chlorella dosage too small to obtain the full benefits of chlorella on the structure and function of blood vessel elasticity.
Chlorella: perfectly created by nature to remove the toxic residue of smoking
Why is cigarette smoke so toxic – even to nonsmokers? smoke-filled air contains cadmium, known to cause all sort of havoc in body. one possible mechanism in the clotting effect of smoking may be exposure to cadmium. russian researchers found that cadmium, along with other heavy metals, takes part in the activation of blood clotting. cadmium is also suspected of contributing to high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis. chlorella has a proven track record for removing cadmium from the body. it has been used in asia to treat people suffering from cadmium poisoning. patients were given 8 grams of chlorella daily for 24 days. after 12 days of chlorella treatment, cadmium excretion was 3 times greater than baseline. after 24 days, cadmium excreted in urine had increased 7 times.
Chlorella helps take the pressure off of hypertension
Twenty-three patients diagnosed with mild to moderate hypertension discontinued their medications and were put on placebo for a month. then, for 2 months they took a little over 10 grams of chlorella and 3 ounces of liquid chlorella extract daily. using the same criteria used for testing prescription drugs, 38% of the participants showed some improvement in hypertension with chlorella supplementation. patient also reported less anxiety and depression. given that half of all patients with heart disease have depression, this is an important “side” benefit.
Chlorella found to dramatically improve cardiovascular health
Some micro-algae have very favorable nutritional profiles for cancer and immune therapies. spirulina, chlorella, and wild blue-green (aphanizomenon flos-aquae) provide cellular protection with exceptional amounts of beta carotene (provitamin a) and chlorophyll; dunaliella is the highest known natural source of beta carotene. chlorella, the alga to emphasize in those with the greatest deficiency, stimulates immunity in the treatment of all degenerative diseases by means of the "chlorella growth factor" (cgf). these bitter micro-algae often work well with chlorella or spirulina.
there are other beneficial algaes, such as spirulina, a blue-green alga, and other super green foods, but i believe chlorella is the best, particularly for people with cancer and/or a weak constitution.
Herbal Medicine Healing Cancer by Donald R Yance Jr, page 232