Chlorella shown to improve cholesterol levels
Recent research supports the idea that healthy diets and certain foods can reduce chances of heart problems. In this study, 68 men and women with total cholesterol levels from 200 to 250 mg/dL took a placebo or 5 grams of chlorella, divided into three doses, one with each meal of the day.

After four weeks, while there were no significant changes for placebo, those taking chlorella had 1.6 percent lower total cholesterol, 10.3 percent lower triglycerides, an 11 percent decline in very-low-density lipoprotein, or VLDL, the “bad” cholesterol, and a 4 percent increase in HDL, the “good” cholesterol. Circulating levels of lutein, zeaxanthin, and alpha-carotene, all important antioxidants, also increased.
Discussing their findings, doctors said the cholesterol-lowering effects may be due to the high fiber, high antioxidant content of chlorella, and that the differences between the placebo and chlorella groups in the study indicate, “True supplement effects.”

Reference: Nutrition Journal; 2014, Vol. 13, No. 57, Published Online.
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