I am excited about chlorella again. I decided for myself to get the pyreneidosa type and take it with a digestive enzyme. Just wanted to put this article here, it is very informative... hope I am not repeating an existing thread, sometimes I do not go over everything before posting...
It is a worthwhile article though...
Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients; 8/1/2005; Klotter, Jule
Chlorella, a fresh-water, one-celled, green algae, contains nutrients that aid detoxification. Taken as a supplement, chlorella helps remove dioxin, lead, mercury, and other toxins from the body. Its polysaccharide membrane can absorb large amounts of these toxins, according to Toshihiro Kanno, PhD, a pharmacist and functional food advisor who wrote Chlorella vulgaris and Chlorella vulgaris extract. Chlorophyll in these algae contains porphyrins that bind with metals. Chlorophyll also activates the production of peroxisomes (cell organelles), which are responsible for detoxification. In addition to the chlorophyll, chlorella contains about 50% protein and 12% lipids in the form of alpha-linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid. It also provides minerals, beta carotene and other antioxidants, and vitamins that include B6 and methyl-cobalamin (the most absorbable form of B12). Chlorella has been used to help strengthen the immune system and the nervous system, regulate the intestines, and alkalize the body.
Chlorella vulgaris and Chlorella pyreneidosa have been the subjects of numerous studies and are the species most commonly sold as food supplements. C. pyreneidosa has better toxin and metal absorption capability than C. vulgaris, but it is also harder to digest. Chlorella vulgaris has a thinner cell wall than other types of chlorella. Chlorella vulgaris, particularly the CK-strain (Chlorella-Kougyo), has been extensively studied. Toshihiro Kanno says that an extract from this strain "has been found to boost the immune system, improve metabolism, improve liver function, lower blood pressure, and lower blood sugar." Kanno says that most people do well on a daily dose of 2 to 3 grams of chlorella, taken after meals. People with active lifestyles or who want to improve their health may gradually raise the dose to 4-10 grams/day.
In his article "A Comprehensive Review of Heavy Metal Detoxification and Clinical Pearls from 30 Years of Medical Practice" (www.neuraltherapy.com), Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt recommends taking chlorella 30 minutes before meals to aid detoxification. To remove heavy metals from the body, a maintenance dose of 1 gram, 3-4 times/day can be increased to a level of 3 grams, 3-4 times a day, for one week. During this week, cilantro, which mobilizes heavy metals held in body tissue, can also be taken. The higher dose of chlorella is also advised 2 days before and 2-5 days after the removal of amalgam fillings, but no cilantro should be taken at that time. At the end of the week of higher dosage, Klinghardt recommends returning to the maintenance dose for 2-4 weeks before repeating the cilantro and increased chlorella protocol. Klinghardt suggests taking Chlorella pyreneidosa with digestive enzymes, specifically cellulase, if there's a problem digesting the cell membrane. If this does not help, he recommends using C. vulgaris.
Because of the digestibility question, some manufacturers began distributing chlorella products with broken cell walls. Kanno quotes a 1996 report from the National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan that found that "Cell wall breakage does not make a difference in digestibility of chlorella." Kanno says that people taking Coumadin (warfarin sodium) should not take chlorella, which is high in vitamin K. Coumadin works by inhibiting the synthesis of vitamin K-dependent blood coagulation factor in the liver.
Thanks for posting this!
I did not know this should not be taken with Warfarin. My husband takes Warfarin, and I've had him taking Spirulina, a small amount, only 4 tabs, every day to help keep him regular. I was planning to switch him to Chlorella, since I am supposed to take it for a protocol I am on. After reading this, I am afraid to switch.
Does anyone know if Spirulina has as much vitamin K as Chlorella does? If it does, we are OK with him taking it, since his last INR was 2.5.
Thanks so much! I also found the same chart on Spirulina that you did. I found a breakdown of one brand of Chlorella as well, and as near as I could figure out, at my husband's dose, he would get 35 mcgs of vitamin K from Chlorella and 40 mcgs of it from Spirulina, which means switching to Chlorella should not hurt him at all. I found a daily recommended value for vitamin K of 80 mcgs.
Like me, he can tolerate only a small dose of Spirulina without getting diarrhea. I have not been able to tolerate chlorella at all, not even the broken cell wall variety. You'd think with all those enzymes in it, it would not be so hard to digest.
I found an article, by one of my favorite Lyme docs, suggesting taking it with digestive enzymes, so I may try that.
My original purpose in having us take these green foods was to get us off of fractionated vitamins for good, but we can't get up to anywhere near a high enough dose.
Thanks again for the info,
Thanks, I will try a low dose with digestive enzymes and see if that helps. I've also been told my problem with it may have been due to my being so toxic, so I will go slow on the dosage. The amount you take is great and could subsitute for a multi-vitamin with minerals. Good going! I hope I can get there....
Roxie, I think the main consideration in taking chorella for your husband is in maintaining a steady dosage of chorella and checking your INR as ususal. Change your warfarin only as the doctor indicates. Vitamin K is only minimally effective in clotting anyway. You have to give very high dosages to be extremely effective.
Thanks. I figured that might be true since we eat a lot of greens and he still has a good INR. The doc told him the main thing is to keep your consumption of vitamin K the same all the time, whether it is normally high or low. Since adding chlorella is changing it, I was worried, but he gets his INR checked every month, so it should be OK.