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Consuming chlorella helps reduce oxidative stress, prevent cognitive decline

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer
Tags: chlorella, oxidative stress, cognitive decline

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(NaturalNews) It is very easy to consume toxins on a daily basis. While some have given up, claiming that "we're all going to die some day," there are others who want to be alive and toxin-free, breathing strong today.

Environmental pollution is a silent killer, seeping into humans and breaking down immune systems and healthy cellular function. Tap water and plastic bottled water doesn't just consist of hydrogen and oxygen atoms. Fluoride and chlorine, for example, are added to water sources, turning normal water molecules into new compounds. Endocrine disrupters like phthalates and bisphenol A leach into the water, affecting thyroid function and hormone levels. Pesticides flow into the groundwater at unprecedented levels, bringing their own chemical composition into the picture.

Also, heavy metals like mercury, lead, aluminum and cadmium are pervasive all around, making their way into the soft tissues of the body. Embedding in the body, these metals stress healthy, cellular function, wearing the organs down. Various health issues arise in people, it seems, out of nowhere, but the underlying causes stem from cellular toxicity that comes from environmental pollution, tainted consumer products and bad water.

Many seek answers from pharmaceutical pills, but these symptom suppressors don't have the power to detoxify the body from the root causes, heavy metals and environmental toxins. The pills that so many depend on don't even provide the body with the nutrition it needs to heal itself.

Chlorella is a nutritious and detoxifying powerhouse - one of those foods healthy people seek for abundant, quality living. This green algae is full of chlorophyll and antioxidants. Chlorella helps people process more oxygen, purify their blood, eliminate fungus, promote tissue repair and increase their energy levels. It is a rich source of amino acids, iron and vitamin B12.

Chlorella reverses oxidation stress induced by heavy metal cadmium

One study helps to explain the antioxidant capacity of chlorella when matched up against oxidative heavy metal cadmium.

During the study, 60 male rats at 14 weeks old were fed various chlorella-cadmium diets for ten consecutive weeks. 0 percent, 3 percent, and 5 percent chlorella-containing diets were compared and coupled with cadmium diets of 0ppm and 160 ppm.

The researchers took measurements of three factors at the cellular level, including erythrocyte superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and catalase activity. All tested rats began with the same measurements. The measurement changed after chlorella and cadmium diets were given for ten weeks.

The cadmium-treated rats had lower liver SOD levels and lower GPx levels. Cadmium also increased XO activities in plasma and liver, while the highest chlorella-containing diets significantly lowered that same plasma XO reading. Even the 3 percent chlorella diet lowered the liver XO activity. Chlorella intake eased serum and liver superoxide radical generation that was initially caused by cadmium intake.

The research suggests that dietary chlorella intake has potential for reducing oxidative stress in humans, since XO activity, MDA concentration and superoxide radical generation all decreased through rodent chlorella intake tests.

Chlorella reverses cognitive decline

In another study, chlorella was examined for its antioxidant effect on age-dependent cognitive decline. It is scientifically known that cytotoxic aldehydes, derived from lipid peroxides, accumulate in cells into old age and are responsible for age-dependent cognitive decline as seen in dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

A specific transgenic mice species which always exhibits age-dependent dementia and cognitive decline was studied. This rodent model is typically used for experiments that investigate foods that prevent dementia.

During the study, chlorella was given to the transgenic mice to study the antioxidant properties of chlorella against cognitive decline. Through object recognition testing and by using the Morris water maze, researchers studied cognitive results in relation to chlorella intake. Both tests brought back the same results. Chlorella significantly prevented decline of cognitive ability, which was evidenced in the decreased number of activated astrocytes in the mice brains.

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