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Chlorella spp. (Chlorophyceae) is a single-celled, fresh-water green algae that has survived for at least 2 billion years. Each of Chlorella's cells is self-sufficient and capable of all life-sustaining functions. The algae contain, pound-for-pound, the highest concentration of chlorophyll known to any plant. It is considered an adaptogen, antiviral, an immunostimulant, and nutritive. Chlorella contains all the B vitamins, vitamins C and E, as well as many minerals including zinc, calcium, iron, and magnesium, and all of the dietary-essential amino acids. The algae also contain a "controlled growth factor" which can facilitate an increase in sustained energy and overall health. It has also been shown to increase the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.


Chlorella contains chlorellan, a life-force stimulant produced by the excitation of macrophage activity. Chlorellan, in a hot extract of Chlorella, can stimulate the production of interferon. In traditional Chinese medicine, the algae have been used to treat cancerous growths and viruses. In Japan, it is traditionally used as a treatment for gastritis, hypertension, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and asthma. Studies have shown that Chlorella can directly and indirectly affect the inhibition and prevention of cancer. The algae have also been used in the treatment of the Epstein-Barr virus and cytomegalovirus and in Crohn's disease. Concentrated chlorophyll has been shown to aid in the treatment of pancreatitis. A 2012 randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study found that short-term Chlorella supplementation provided a beneficial immunostimulatory effect in healthy Korean subjects (See HC 101211-465). Chlorella's biological coding elements of RNA and DNA have been shown to protect against ultraviolet radiation effects. It is also used to treat constipation, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Used to promote healthy gums, the chlorophyll in Chlorella has been shown to tighten teeth, aid new tissue growth, and prevent bleeding of the gums. In granular form, it can be mixed with water and applied to the gums through a water jet device.

The algae have often been used in detoxification and cleanses. Chlorella has been used as a detoxifier of heavy metals including cadmium, lead, mercury, and copper. As part of a spring detoxification program, Chlorella can aid in increasing oxygen, cleansing the bowel, liver, and blood, supporting the elimination of molds in the body, promoting growth and repair of body tissues, balancing the body's pH levels, and providing energy during a fast.

Lori Glenn,  Managing Editor