How does our new Organic Chlorella help combat flu and cold?
Reseach studies, such as Yamauchi et al. (2011; 2012), and Otsuki et al. (2012), find Chlorella enhances SIgA levels in the mucus membranes.
Chlorella also enhances the blood levels of Natural Killer Cells (Kwak et al, 2012; Davis et al., 2010). And is shown effective by Azocar J, Diaz A. (2013) in the treatment of chronic Hepatitis C virus infection.
Therapeutic Food Protocol to support protection from colds and flus:
- Organic Chlorella- 4 to 10 tablet per day.
Lets discuss the science behind this amazing green plant:
Our body's mucous membranes are vulnerable "Ports of Entry" for pathogens entering into our body. Approximately, 95% of all infections are initiated at the mucosal surfaces: nose, throat, GI tract, urinary tract and lungs (Walsh, 2011).
Amongst its many valuable attributes it enhances our immune function, supports natural detoxification, supports cardiovascular health, helps balance the body's pH, and is a vegan protein source. In this Forward Thinking we are focusing on its immune system benefits.
Chlorella enhances SIgA levels in the mucous membranes throughout the body.
It is well understood that too strenous exercise can cause a lowering of the participants secretory IgA levels and increase their risk of illness. Epidemiolgoical studies suggest that highly trained athletes are more susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections compared with the general population (Yamauchi et al, 2011).
The focus of Yamauchi and associates study was to examine the relationship between Epstein-Barr viral (EBV) reactivation and the appearance of URS (Upper Respiratory Symptoms). Their results demonstrated that the number of URS increased along with the EBV-DNA expression and decrease of SigA levels.
This decrease suggests that the athletes were at an increased risk of developing an upper respiratory tract infection, and therefore, it could be necessary to take protective actions to minimize catching cold viruses or even activating endogenous viruses like EBV.
Reducing the training load would be one way to increase SIgA, but Otsuki et al. showed another way. In previous research Otsuki demonstrated that chlorella intake daily increased the secretion rate of SIgA in humans. In their later 2012 study they demonstrated that those participants in a Kendo training camp who consumed chlorella daily attenuated the drop in SIgA experienced by other participant who didn't take the chlorella supplement.
Chlorella enhances the blood levels of Natural Killer Cells (NK cells).
NK cells are cytotoxic effectors of innate immunity that distinguish between healthy and malignant or virally-infected cells. It is critical to have NK cells at optimal levels to protect the body from cancer and viral infections.
Kwak et al, (2012) demonstrated the beneficial effect of short-term [duration of study] Chlorella consumption on its enhancement of NK cell activity, and produced INF-y and IL-12 as well as IL-1beta, the Th-1 cell-induced cytokines.
Chlorella supplementation enhances clinical outcomes in patients with Hep. C.
It is estimated that up to 4 million persons in the US have chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (Davis et al., 2010). After three month of chlorella supplementation, hepatitis C patient reported as follows: Quality of Life- 76.9% of the participants reported an improvemtn in their energy levels, 46.1 % reported an improvemtn in the perception of general health, 84.6 % of these patients had a significant derease in their ALT levels (which is a marker for liver inflammation) from week 0 to week 12. Evaluation of side effects showed that Chlorella was well tolerated by all participants.
These results add to the growing literature on the beneficial immunostimulatory effect of Chlorella supplementation.
- Azocar J, Diaz A. (2013). Efficacy and safety of Chlorella supplementation in adults with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. World J Gastroenterol; 19(7): 1085-1090.
- Davis et al. (2010). Aging of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)-Infected Persons in the United States: A Multiple Cohort Model of HCV Prevalence and Disease Progression. Gastroenterology; 1(38): 513-521.
- Klentrou et al. (2002). Effect of moderate exercise on salivary immunoglobiulin A and infection risk in humans. Eur J Appl Physiol; 87: 153-158.
- Kwak et al. (2012). Beneficial immunostimulatory effect of short-term Chlorella supplementation: enhancement of Natural Killer cell activity and early inflammatory response (Randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial). Nutrition Journal; 11: 53.
- Otsuki et al. (2012). Chlorella intake attenuataes reduced salivary SIgA secretion in kendo training camp particpants. Nutrition Journal; 11: 103
- Walsh et al. (2011). Part one: Immune function and exercise. Exerc Immunol Rev; 17: 6-63
- Yamauchi et al. Virus Activation and Immune Function During Intense Training in Rugby Football Players. (2011). Int J Sports; 32: 393-398
We have developed our products based on scientific research and/or the practical experience of many healthcare practitioners. There is a growing body of literature on food based nutrition and supplements and their application in support of our health. Please use our products under the advisement of your doctor.
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