Chlorella, which is widely known as a super food, boasts a variety of health benefits. It improves immune function, aids the body in detoxification, is great for liver health, and also shows anti-cancer properties. But recent studies have discovered what may be one of the most exciting of those benefits yet.
An article from Natural News tells us that “diabetes 2 and prediabetic or metabolic disorder individuals can address those issues directly with chlorella while enjoying all the other benefits this centuries-old, fresh water, green microalgae can offer.”
There are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. In Type 1, the body no longer produces insulin, whereas, in type 2, the body is simply insulin resistant. There is still insulin being made, but the cells have difficulty utilizing it, which leads to hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar.
The health complications associated with high blood sugar are frightening and life altering, so finding natural ways to improve insulin sensitivity is incredibly important.
Three separate studies conducted in Korea, South Korea and Taiwan each showed the effectiveness of chlorella at lowering blood sugar and improving insulin sensitivity. In all of them, the higher the dose of chlorella, the more profound the effect was.
“These studies demonstrate the potential for using chlorella to prevent or diminish insulin resistance and high blood glucose issues, even diabetes type 2, while enjoying chlorella’s detoxification and immune-boosting dynamics.”
In an article describing the vast health benefits of chlorella, Dr. Joseph Mercola states that chlorella “was found to improve insulin sensitivity and glucose uptake in the liver in type 1 diabetic rats. The authors suggest chlorella’s hypoglycemic effects may be due to improved glucose uptake in the liver and the soleus muscles.”
An article on Diabetes.co.uk tells us “that micro-algae like chlorella contain a brilliant mixture of high density proteins and complex carbohydrates.
The introduction of these proteins and complex carbs help to provide a steady stream of energy to the body without ‘spiking insulin secretion’.” This amazing algae appears to be useful in the management of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes!
If you would like to experience chlorella’s wide range of health benefits yourself, the recommended daily dosage is 3 to 5 grams for general health. Higher doses may be used therapeutically for specific ailments.