CHLORELLA (FOR GROWTH POTENTIAL)

Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water. The whole plant is used to make nutritional supplements and medicine.

More evidence is needed to support the effectiveness of chlorella for the following uses:

  • Fibromyalgia. Some people with fibromyalgia say they feel better when they take chlorella tablets plus a liquid extract containing malic acid daily for 2 months.
  • Brain tumor (gilioma). Early research suggests chlorella tablets plus chlorella liquid extract might help people with a type of brain cancer called gilioma better tolerate chemotherapy and radiation treatments, possibly by boosting the immune system. However, chlorella does not seem to slow the progression of the cancer or improve survival.
  • High blood pressure. Early research suggests that taking chlorella daily for 1-2 months does not reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.
  • Cancer prevention.
  • Colds.
  • Crohn’s disease.
  • Ulcerative colitis.
  • Ulcers.
  • Constipation.
  • Bad breath.
  • High cholesterol.

We currently have no warnings for Chlorella.

Chlorella is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth, short-term (up to 2 months). The most common side effects include diarrhea, nausea, gas (flatulence), green discoloration of the stools, and stomach cramping, especially in the first week of use.

Chlorella has caused serious allergic reactions, including asthma and other dangerous breathing problems.

Chlorella can cause skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned.

Precautions

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking chlorella if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Iodine sensitivity: Chlorella can contain iodine. Therefore, chlorella might cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to iodine.

Allergy to molds: Chlorella might cause an allergic reaction in people who are also allergic to molds.

Weak immune system (immunodeficiency): There is a concern that chlorella might cause “bad” bacteria to take over in the intestine of people who have a weak immune system. Be careful with chlorella if you have this problem.

“Autoimmune diseases” such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other conditions: Chlorella might cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of autoimmune diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it’s best to avoid using chlorella.

 

Interactions

Medications that decrease the immune system (Immunosuppressants) interact with CHLORELLA

Chlorella might increase the immune system. By increasing the immune system, chlorella might decrease the effectiveness of medications that are used to decrease the immune system.

Some medications that decrease the immune system include azathioprine (Imuran), basiliximab (Simulect), cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune), daclizumab (Zenapax), muromonab-CD3 (OKT3, Orthoclone OKT3), mycophenolate (CellCept), tacrolimus (FK506, Prograf), sirolimus (Rapamune), prednisone (Deltasone, Orasone), corticosteroids (glucocorticoids), and others.

Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with CHLORELLA

Chlorella contains large amounts of vitamin K. Vitamin K is used by the body to help blood clot. Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. By helping the blood clot, chlorella might decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin). Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.

The appropriate dose of chlorella depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for chlorella. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

 

Available brands:

  • Body Strong For Kids (Lloyd)
  • Cherifer Immunomax (Gruppo Medica/InterMed Marketing)
  • Cherifer Premium (Gruppo Medica/InterMed Marketing)
  • Chlorevita (Lloyd)
  • Growee with Chlorella (Pediatrica)

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