Sun Chlorella is the brand name of a blue-green algae officially known as clorella pyrenoidosa. The algae are used as a nutritional supplement. Sun Chlorella is rich in nutrients, including B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, beta carotene, lutein, 18 amino acids and chlorophyll. It is thought to boost health over time via its nutritional properties. It’s an excellent source of protein, too, consisting of about 58 percent protein, according to “Prescription for Nutritional Healing,” by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, 2003.
The “healing power” in Sun Chlorella is nutrition based, and works by boosting overall health in the body over time. Nutritional healing is an ongoing process, and it generally takes a month or more to see noticeable results. Sun Chlorella’s antioxidants, for example, work by countering free radicals. Free radicals cause damage to healthy cells, and such damage can lead to the inability to fight off diseases and health conditions. Free radical damage also plays a top role in most chronic illnesses, including heart disease and cancer, according to Balch.
Preliminary studies conclude that supplementing a person’s diet with Chlorella for two months can improve the symptoms of fibromyalgia such as tender points for some people, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. In a study published in the May, 2000 "Journal of Phylotherapy Research," participants with fibromyalgia took 10g of Sun Chlorella tablets as well as 100mL liquid Wasaka Gold, another chlorella-based product, for a two-month period. The tender point index decreased by 22 percent for some of the patients.
Modifying Risk Factors
A study published in the September 2008 "Journal of Medicinal Food" concluded that using Chlorella during a 16-week timeframe can lead to noticeable reductions in body fat percentage. Taking the supplement also lowered cholesterol and fasting blood glucose levels among people who had high risk factors for lifestyle-related disease. The study noted fat metabolism and insulin signaling pathways might be physiologically affected during the time that people take Chlorella, and that some inflammation was alleviated. These changes disappear when the supplement is stopped, according to the study.
Other studies have been as short as seven weeks, while most last two months or more. Studies have examined chlorella’s role in combating hypertension and ulcerative colitis. It appears that chlorella helps various conditions by boosting the immune system, but does not cure the conditions. This can aid people because it helps their bodies resist other infections and conditions that detract from overall health, according to R.E. Merchant, professor of neurosurgery and anatomy at Virginia Commonwealth University. Boosting immunity can sometimes help reduce the severity of symptoms experienced by people with conditions like fibromyalgia or ulcerative colitis. All of the studies, so far, have been preliminary, according to nationally known physician and medical writer Ray Sahelian, M.D., of Los Angeles, California, author of “Mind Boosters” and “The Stevia Cookbook.”
Medical literature does not officially detail any side effects for chlorella. Anecdotal reports, however, do indicate that some people suffering nausea and vomiting, according to Sahelian. The side effects are immediate, in contrast to the benefits that are accrued over time via nutrition.