A single cell may help fight the leading cause of death for Americans.
New research suggests that Chlorella, the mighty single-cell fresh water green algae that emerged about 2 billion years ago, may help fight the heart disease that’s rampant in our population. About 600,000 people in the U.S. die of heart disease every year. It’s the cause of one in every four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial among 63 people who had mildly high levels of triglycerides and total cholesterol. High serum cholesterol concentrations are major risk factors for cardiac disease. For one month, half the subjects received a daily dose of five grams of Chlorella, the others got a placebo.
Compared with the control group, the people who received the Chlorella supps “exhibited remarkable changes in total cholesterol,” wrote the authors in Nutrition Journal. The study was noted on foodconsumer.org.
The study concluded: “Daily consumption of Chlorella supplements provided the potential of health benefits reducing serum lipid risk factors, mainly triglycerides and total cholesterol, in mildly hypercholesterolemic subjects.”