i am wondering if anyone else has experienced severe reactions to taking chlorella (whether it is in a blend like Harmonia or in a tablet form)?
I'll explain what i mean by severe. About 16 months ago, I decided to start taking chlorella because it's supposed to be so good for you, and i wanted more chlorophyll in my diet etc.
The first time i took it... a few hours later i was so sick. I am talking abdominal cramps that compressed my whole body; repeated projectile vomiting; extreme diarrhea; inability to hold anything down; severe headache; severe body ache; extreme chills.
At the time, i did not connect it to the chlorella. I had been travelling and i had eaten at a couple of new places and i thought i had food poisoning. A few days later, when i was feeling better, i started up on my supplements again, and a couple of hours later... a repeat of the previous performance... only this time i ended up passing out and it took me several days to recover.
I can honestly say i have never been so sick in my entire life. I reexamined everything that i had taken on those 2 days, and came up with 3 things in common...the chlorella (even though it was 2 different brands - one was mine and one was my DH's), a bottle of milk thistle where i had mixed 2 bottles together, and conventional bananas.
For awhile, I avoided all 3 of these things like the plague! I did reintroduce milk thistle several months later (a new bottle/different brand) and i was fine, no problems at all. I switched to organic bananas and this was fine too. I will admit by this time i was 90% sure it was the chlorella. I did a lot of research on it, and most of what i read made it seem that the problem was not the chlorella per se, but that it was contaminated or a bad brand. However, having tried 2 different, recommended brands (Now and Sun)... i wasn't so sure if that was the case. In addition, my DH has been using both of them (same bottles even) with no problems. I decided to continue to avoid it, and then kinda forgot about it.
This brings me to yesterday. So, i had ordered the belly buster pack (which includes Harmonia)... and i have been taking both deflect and glycosia for a long time with no problems, so I introduced the el dorado a few days ago, and no problems (it made me feel great!) Yesterday, I took the harmonia drink with my lunch (first time)... and it did not even cross my mind to look for chlorella... and within 2 hours i was so sick... exactly the same as the first 2 times - projectile vomiting, severe cramping, severe diarrhea, chills, body aches, etc. It was terrible!! As it was happening, the first thing that i thought of was the 2 times in Dec 2012 when i was so sick. Then i remembered that i had suspected it was the chlorella that had caused this reaction. Since the harmonia was the only new thing i had taken that day, my husband looked at the ingredients, and sure enough... chlorella.
So my question is this...has anyone else experienced something like this or knows of someone who has? Would this be classified as an allergy?
I trust Dr D's products, so i know that the source is clean... which pretty much eliminates it being the product, which means it must be me. I have no problems avoiding the stuff now that it's confirmed for me (not that i really wanted to confirm it haha). Does anyone know if spirulina and chlorella are related... is it possible that spirulina would cause a similar reaction?
Anyways, thanks for listening... i find it a bit puzzling... i have never had such a severe reaction to anything as i have had to this.
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Interesting. I bought sun chlorella and used some last week. I have had a lot of soreness around liver/gall bladder area since then. Not so bad past few days. I had also eaten some new gluten free cookies/snacks and was blaming them, still might be them, but now I wonder about Chlorella. I haven't used it since. This morning I was looking at the box and it came to mind next time I use it I will just use a small amount, perhaps the thought was at the back of my mind.... Lin
Found this by Dr. Weil: Chlorella is a microscopic, green freshwater organism (an alga) that is aggressively promoted on the internet for its supposed health benefits. You may have read that it boosts energy, absorbs pesticides from the foods in your diet, fights cancer, eliminates infections, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels, cleanses the blood and the digestive system, regulates blood sugar and benefits health in many other ways. This sounds impressive, but there is very little scientific evidence to back up these extravagant claims.
After World War II, chlorella was investigated as a possible commercial food source, and some research suggested that it prevented liver disease in mice, might reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, and might slow the growth of some cancer cells. According to the American Cancer Society, early lab and animal research suggested that extracts of chlorella might have anticancer properties, but we have no evidence that they can effectively prevent or treat cancer in humans. Results of a 2003 study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal showed that chlorella failed to boost immune response to flu shots.
Chlorella will probably not hurt you unless you're allergic to it, but we have no studies on the effects of long-term use. More importantly, we have no strong evidence to show that it will do you any good. Side effects can include diarrhea, nausea, flatulence, green discoloration of the stools and stomach cramping. Taking chlorella supplements can also lead to sun sensitivity.
For the record, I don't approve of taking blue-green algae (Aphanizomenon), which is different from chlorella. Some species of blue-green algae produce toxins, including neurotoxins that can increase long-term risks of degenerative diseases of the central nervous system. Note, however, that spirulina, a common variety of blue-green algae, does not produce these neurotoxins and was given a favorable safety rating after an extensive review by the United States Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplements Information Expert Committee in 2010.
Spirulina and chlorella are often promoted together as green "superfoods," but the science that addresses their nutritional benefits is scant at best. Some laboratory and animal studies have indicated that spirulina has antiviral and anticancer effects, boosts the immune system and protects against allergic reactions, but there's no proof of any such positive health effects in humans. Spirulina has been used in World Health Organization (WHO) feeding programs for malnourished children in underdeveloped countries, and the WHO has found that a daily, one-gram dose of spirulina provides enough beta-carotene to reduce the incidence of Bitot's spots (a type of blindness caused by vitamin A deficiency). Spirulina is also a good source of protein, although Western diets already contain more than adequate amounts.
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It sounds to me like an allergy to chlorella. I've been using it off and on (as I suspect I have mercury overload from dental fillings) and never experienced anything like you describe. I bought the powder and started with teeny tiny amounts; the bottle says to use 1 teaspoon per day and I started with 1/8 teaspoon once a week. I've gotten "detox reactions" from taking too much at once (headache, fatigue, acne) but that clears up when I reduce the dosage or stop it for a while.
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Chlorella doesn't bother me. Maybe when I first started using it many years ago, I remember getting headaches and a little nausea, some muscle and joint aching. Since it is a detoxifier, I cut back on my dose and eventually worked up to 1 level tsp. I still use that amount daily. The brand I buy is Health Force.
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Ruthiegirl, thanks I will try as you did with 1/8 tspn and see how that goes. Being from the UK originally where the NIH Dentists loved to put tiny fillings in all the teeth starting for children. No fluoride treatments back then. I have plenty of mercury that may need to come out. Lin