Chlorella is a popular superfood in some Asian countries, such as Korea, China and Japan. Initial studies suggest that taking chlorella for fibromyalgia can help relieve symptoms.
What is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a kind of micro algae believed to help with fibromyalgia. It is a single cell organism obtained in an aquatic environment. Despite having a single cell structure, the microorganism is considered a rich source of protein, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. The oil extracted from chlorella is rich in pigments, fatty acids and antioxidants.
Proteins constitute almost 60 percent of the dry biomass of chlorella. The quality of protein obtained from the algae is much better than the usual standard prescribed by World Health Organization (WHO) for human nutrition. This is because it comprises of both essential as well as nonessential amino acids.
Clinical trials have shown that these micro algae can help in lowering cholesterol level. It also boosts the immune system and has antioxidant properties.
How Does Chlorella Help In Fibromyalgia Pain Relief?
Chlorella is believed to have positive effect on alleviating pain and tenderness. A pilot study, published in Phytotherapy Research, found that average tender point index of 20 fibromyalgia patients dropped from 32 to 25 after 2 months of chlorella treatment. However, more studies are needed to confirm the findings.
Chlorella also has anti-viral and anti-fatigue properties. It helps to strengthen immunity, improve physical stamina and exercise capacity.
If you have fibromyalgia, chlorella can serve as a good nutritional supplement. It provides essential nutrients B12 and folic acid, which many fibro patients lack. It is also a good source of vitamin A, B, C, E etc. Furthermore, chlorella also contains the plant pigment carotenoids which have health benefits such as protecting the eyes and preventing cancer.
The antioxidants in chlorella can also aid in the process of detoxification, which is beneficial for fibro patients.
How to Consume Chlorella for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief?
Chlorella comes in powdered form which you can add to tea, smoothies, salads etc. There are also tablets and liquid extracts available. If you wish to consume chlorella to supplement your diet, approach a doctor or nutritionist to make sure it is suitable for your condition and compatible to your current medications. Note that chlorella may not be suitable for people with thyroid or kidney problems due to the presence of iodine and other minerals.
It is important to purchase only organic chlorella from reputable sources as there are concerns with bio-accumulation of toxins.