Chlorella Algae May Help Control Cholesterol Levels
High cholesterol can lead to heart disease and type-2 diabetes, two of the increasingly common health conditions in the United States. A recent study suggests that taking a supplement of the omega-3 rich algae chlorella may reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people with slightly elevated cholesterol.
Participants in the study included 63 people with mildly elevated cholesterol. Over the course of four weeks, they took either 5 grams of chlorella algae supplement or a placebo.
At the conclusion of the study, the algae group had a 1.9% reduction in total cholesterol and a 10.3% reduction in triglycerides. In comparison, the control group had increases of 0.03% and 11.9%, respectively.
Additionally, the chlorella algae group had an 11% reduction in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, whereas the control group had a 12% increase. The algae group also had a 1.5% decrease in apolipoprotein B levels, while the control group showed an increase of 1.7%.
Finally, the algae group had a very significant 90% increase in lutein/zeaxanthin levels and a 164% increase in alpha-carotene, while the control group had a decrease of 1.7% and increase in 15%, respectively.
Researchers from Ewha Womans University, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, and CHA Bundang Medical Center in South Korea conducted the study. It was published on June 11, 2014, in Nutrition Journal.
Algae isn’t just good for improving your blood profile; research has also shown that it may be effective for a wide range of health benefits including improving blood sugar,lowering cholesterol, boosting immune system, alleviating joint pain, colon and liver health, and boosting the immune system.
As algae isn’t a common part of the western diet, your best bet for obtaining all of these benefits is to find a high quality supplement. Make sure your supplement is from a certified source to avoid impurities.