Chlorella Boosts Muscle Performance

By: Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist

A new animal study shows that chlorella1 has a significant impact on improving muscle function in response to exercise.

The experiment forces mice to swim to exhaustion, a type of boot camp for mice.  After 14 days of boot camp the mice fed chlorella swam twice as long as the control group.  The mice that were fed chlorella had much less muscle inflammation and were similar to the control group that did not swim at all.  Chlorella significantly helped muscle repair from high intensity exercise.  Gene arrays showed that multiple metabolic parameters were influenced by chlorella, indicating better muscle use of calories which contributed to the improved performance.

The data indicates that chlorella can help exercise.  This would apply to people who have difficulty exercising, such as individuals with fibromyalgia, as well as moderate exercisers or athletes who are pushing their bodies to the max.

Referenced Studies:
  1. ^ Chlorella Boosts Swimming Performance of Mice  Biochem Biophys Res Commun  Mizoguchi T, Arakawa Y, Kobayashi M, Fujishima M.

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