Chlorella as a Weight Loss Supplement
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Several animal studies show that chlorella is yet another nutritional tool to assist in the battle of the bulge. One study showed that chlorella could improve leptin and insulin function despite a high fat diet. Another study showed that it prevents the accumulation of fat in fat cells, which blunts the storage of calories.
In the first study, nine weeks of chlorella supplementation1 lowered leptin levels in rats on a normal diet as well as in those on a high fat diet. Chlorella prevented the insulin resistance that otherwise occurs from a high fat diet. Furthermore, chlorella improved the functionality of glutamate transporters, which clear excess glutamate from nerves and thereby prevent excitotoxic damage to nerves. This is a novel finding since obesity is clearly linked to cognitive decline.
The second study showed that chlorella inhibited the growth of baby fat cells2. This is important because baby fat cells readily mature and become active fat-storing cells when a person eats too much. Chlorella also inhibited existing mature fat cells from storing new fat. Furthermore, higher doses of chlorella helped knock out the excess fat cell population.
Chlorella is a green superfood that promotes many aspects of health including detoxification, nerve health, and immunity. These studies show that chlorella has the potential to be an excellent support for weight management efforts.
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