Chlorella for Reducing Allergy

Sunday, March 24, 2013
By: Byron J. Richards,
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
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Chlorella is building a name for itself as a nutrient that can help boost the function and competence of your immune system.  Previously, I reported on various studies showing that chlorella can help boost the germ fighting ability of a depressed immune system.  Several new studies show that chlorella helps restore immune system efficiency, offsetting the type of immune imbalance that occurs in individuals prone to allergy problems.

The first is a cell study that tested the antihistamine properties of chlorella.  Animal mast cells were chemically stimulated to provoke an allergic histamine release.  Chlorella prevented the release of histamine.  Chlorella also bolstered immune signaling (interleukin-12 and interferon-γ) that boosts the T-helper 1 response, thereby helped lower an allergic excess T-helper 2 response.  This directly resulted in less production of IgE (allergy-associated antibody production). 

Another human study found similar T-helper 1 boosting by chlorella.  In this randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial 5,000 mg of chlorella was given to healthy individuals.  Once again, the interleukin-12 and interferon-γ levels increased, supporting better T-helper 1 immunity.  This led to an increase in natural killer cells, which fight infection and kill cancer cells.

The total body of chlorella immunity science demonstrates that chlorella is a useful tool to boost immunity, especially to offset stressors that are depressing immunity.  It helps shift the immune system into a more efficient response, one that reduces allergy potential while it protects the body from problems.

Those with stubborn allergies may wish to see if higher doses of chlorella can help them through problematic times.  The antihistamine properties of chlorella warrant consideration for use along with other natural antihistamines, such as quercetin and grape seed extract.

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