Q&A: What Is Chlorella?

chlorella spirulina kelpQ: What is chlorella? – D.D.

A: Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water. The plant is used to make nutritional supplements. Chlorella is used to prevent cancer, reduce radiation treatment side effects, stimulate the immune system, improve response to flu vaccine, increase white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer), prevent colds, protect the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and slow the aging process. It is also used to increase good bacteria in the intestine to improve digestion and helps treat ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease and diverticulosis.

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This is a supplement and it can be safe if used short term (up to two months). The most common side effects include diarrhea, nausea, gas, 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.