Chlorella - A Potent Superfood

The secret to how to stop hair loss may lie in a potent superfood known as Chlorella. Chlorella is a single cell fresh water green microalga that is loaded with nutrients. The entire plant is used to make a nutritional supplement and medicines. Most of the chlorella available in the US is grown in Japan or Taiwan and processed into tablets and liquid extracts. These extracts contain 'chlorella growth factor', which is described as a water-soluble extract of chlorella containing amino acids, peptides, proteins, vitamins, sugars, and nucleic acids.

Chlorella products can vary significantly depending on how the crop used to make them was cultivated, harvested and processed. Chlorella contains more chlorophyll than most plants, along with an impressive array of vitamins and minerals, including the vitamins A, B, D, E, K1, beta carotene, lutein and the minerals iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc. Chlorella's unique abundance and concentration of nutrients is why it's being actively researched as a key food to support human nutrition and counter many human illnesses.

As a medicine, chlorella is used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving the response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer), preventing colds, protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury and slowing the aging process. Chlorella is also used to increase 'good' bacteria in the intestine in order to improve digestion; and to help treat ulcers, colitis, Crohn's disease and diverticulosis. Some people also use chlorella for the prevention of stress-related ulcers; treatment of constipation, bad breath and hypertension; as an antioxidant; to reduce cholesterol; to increase energy; to detoxify the body; and as a source of magnesium to promote mental health, relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and reduce asthma attacks. It is also used for fibromyalgia. Chlorella is applied to the skin for treating skin ulcers, rashes caused by radiation treatment and a sexually transmitted disease called trichomoniasis.

Detoxification refers to the removal of toxic substances from the body, including poisons that have entered from the outside, for example pesticide poisoning - or from within the body, for example when the colon contains bacteria that produce toxic substances. Chlorella's ability to detoxify the body is due to its unique cell wall properties. Clinical and medical research has shown that toxins such as arsenic, mercury, lead, pesticides, insecticides, cadmium, uranium, PCB, radioactive materials etc. can all be successfully detoxified from the human body by chlorella cell walls binding to and then excreting them from the body. Of course, supplemental chlorella is no longer living but the powerful metal-attracting properties of its cell walls appear to remain functional.

Cadmium is suspected of contributing to high blood pressure (BP) and atherosclerosis. This is one of the main reasons why the air from cigarette smoke, filled with cadmium, is so toxic to second-hand smokers. Chlorella's ability to detoxify cadmium was shown by a scientific study which increased excretion of cadmium in people suffering from cadmium poisoning on chlorella supplementation. Patients suffering from pain caused by cadmium poisoning were given 8 grams daily of chlorella for up to 12 days. Chlorella supplementation increased cadmium excretion 3 times over baseline. After 24 days, pain due to cadmium poisoning seen in patients was markedly reduced.

Further, a study with mice showed that exposure to lead was reduced by 66% when chlorella was consumed at the same time. If the lead exposure happened prior to chlorella consumption, then chlorella helped to reduce it by 17% after just 10 days of supplementation. The equivalent dose of chlorella for a 150 pound adult is 3.5 grams per day. Obviously, once lead is in the body, it's harder to get it out relative to chlorella's ability to sequester it in the digestive tract and prevent its absorption in the first place. Overall, chlorella is clearly a powerful tool for natural detoxification.

PCBs and their more toxic derivatives, furans and dioxins, pose a serious health challenge to all Americans. These fat soluble toxins readily accumulate in the food chain and permeate the food supply, with virtually all Americans proven to have excess amounts in their stored fat. They are also released during weight loss. A Japanese study with healthy pregnant women found that taking 6 grams of chlorella daily during pregnancy significantly reduced the amount of dioxins in breast milk. Additionally, the study showed that their children got better quality immune support.

Too much stress causes high levels of inflammation that undermines health and depresses the immune system. Chlorella has been found to preserve the function of important immune cells in the presence of high stress. For example, a study showed that thymocytes (lymph-related immune cells) were preserved by chlorella in response to stress. Another recent human study showed that chlorella boosts anti-inflammatory immune cell signals, favoring a more stable immune response to irritants. An animal study showed that chlorella was able to maintain the production of macrophages under stress conditions. The development of new macrophages - the cleaning crew of the immune system - is essential for the proper functioning of the lymphatic system.

Numerous studies also confirm chlorella's ability to favorably impact cholesterol metabolism. Chlorella helps the liver convert cholesterol into bile thus supporting the natural process by which the body clears cholesterol. It also helps to sequester bile in the digestive tract so that cholesterol is not re-absorbed back into the body. Soluble fiber is synergistic with chlorella in this support of properly clearing cholesterol from the digestive tract so that higher than normal amounts are not reabsorbed back into the body. Because toxins that are being cleared are also within the bile, this same mechanism enhances toxin clearance as well as cholesterol clearance. Chlorella's ability to help both the liver and digestive tract clear cholesterol means that it can be used in combination with other nutrients that also support healthy cholesterol metabolism for different reasons.

Along with zinc, chlorella is believed to stimulate production of Keratin, the primary structural component found in skin and hair. Chlorella is just one of many extra-strength nutrients to stop hair loss and promote hair growth present in SeaNU Hair Loss Supplement. Others include nutrients from the sea that revitalize and renew hair follicles; powerhouse antioxidants that neutralize destructive free radicals that threaten the health of your scalp and skin; and proven phytonutrients that strengthen hair follicles and boost scalp circulation.

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