Chlorella Side Effects

Chlorella is an amazing green powder absolutely rife with positive health benefits.  For one thing, Chlorella is the richest source of chlorophyll on the planet, which is a huge benefit to people eating a standard modern diet.  But Chlorella can sometimes come with a few unwanted side effects.  The first is actually something interesting.  It’s a side effect that’s both a benefit and a side effect at the same time.  You’ll see what I mean.

Detoxification Side Effects

Because of the fact that Chlorella is so chalked full of chlorophyll, detoxification happens on a widespread scale throughout the body.  Chlorophyll is considered one of the most powerful detoxifiers on the planet, removing heavy metals and other unwanted dangers from throughout the body.  But what happens is that as a person begins to detox, the release of so many harsh chemicals into the bloodstream to be filtered out, they start to feel just plain lousy.  A person can exhibit nausea, aching, fever, and more because of the detoxification process.  This leads some people to believe that they’re allergic to Chlorella when in fact, they’re the ones who need it the most.  If you buy Chlorella and this happens to you, it just means that it’s doing its job.  It’s a Chlorella side effect you’ll just have to live with.  Now in some cases, a person might actually have a legitimate allergy to algae.  So if the side effects continue and even intensify, you might want to try out a different green powder.

Contamination Side Effects

One of the concerns that has arisen many times about Chlorella is concern for how it’s harvested. Chlorella is produced largely in Japan, in Okinawa, inside of very large culture pools that can be up to 175 feet in diameter. The reason why most Chlorella is made in Okinawa is due to the ideal climate that promotes rapid growth of Chlorella.  Once the Chlorella algae are grown, they’re harvested and undergo a drying process that renders it into powder form. Contamination can happen at various stages of this process. And since Chlorella is a single celled algae, the growing conditions for Chlorella are similar to other single celled organisms, things like bacteria and germs that can also contaminate the powder.

Another issue with the creation of Chlorella is that it has a very hard outer shell that must be “cracked” in order for the Chlorella to be digested by the human digestive tract. If you’ve ever purchased Chlorella, you’ve probably seen that somewhere on the label says “cracked cell wall” or something similar.  Contamination has been known to happen through this process as well because of how difficult a process it is to crack each and every cell wall inside the Chlorella. Because of the methods for growing, harvesting, and cracking the cell wall of Chlorella, contamination is difficult to avoid.  Though safety measures are obviously very strict, you need to make sure you purchase a quality brand of Chlorella.  We’ve tried to find the best one for you in terms of safety, cost, and bio-availability, which we’ll review in our next article.

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  1. I am afraid to buy anything from Japan or Hawaii because of the Fukushima Nuclear plant melt down. Even though it is 100% absent from the news, it is still spewing radioactive poison in the Pacific Ocean (spreading throughout the worlds ocean currents and the migrating fish and mammals!) and the jet stream (ditto on the mammals)…it has already spread all over the world but is worse near there. Spirulina from Okinawa HAS to be contaminated, doesn’t it? I was going to buy Chlorella from Mercola’s site but read that they harvest theirs from China’s (quote)”pristine waters of Hainan Island”. They have coal plants there! I found out that Hainan Island has been plagued with severe pollution for decades, so I did not buy their Chlorella. Sorry, just a bit leery of any supplements or food products coming from an area that has had the worse nuclear plant disaster in history and is Not being reported anymore in the news as if it just went away. Do they check for radiation in this Chlorella?

  2. That’s a valid concern. I’d stay away from that area too for the time being. Hawaiian Spirulina pacifica might be a better way to go since it’s produced farther away in Hawaii. That’s too bad to hear about Mercola’s chlorella. I usually like his products and recommendations. Thanks very much for your comments.

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