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Chlorella – Nutrition for Brain Health

Chlorella – Nutrition for Brain Health Have you ever found yourself having one of those moments — struggling to remember a name or trying to find just the right word that’s on the tip of your tongue?  You may be noticing that these moments occur more frequently.  With Alzheimer’s disease and dementia constantly in the … Continue reading Chlorella – Nutrition for Brain Health

Chlorella – Nutrition for Brain Health

Have you ever found yourself having one of those moments — struggling to remember a name or trying to find just the right word that’s on the tip of your tongue?  You may be noticing that these moments occur more frequently.  With Alzheimer’s disease and dementia constantly in the news, you can find yourself easily falling prey to a climate of fear that plays on your worst anxieties about losing your cognitive capacities. Therefore, learning some of the important keys that keep your memory sharp not only makes good sense but also is really critical for living your best life.

 

Your brain is a truly amazing and resilient organ. It is a three pound universe that processes 70,000 thoughts each day using 100 billion neurons that connect at more than 500 trillion points through synapses that travel 300 miles/hour.  The signals that travel through these interconnected neurons form the basis of memories, thoughts and feelings.

 

It goes without saying that taking good care of your amazing brain should be high on your priority list. The good news is that there are many effective strategies that have been proven to optimise brain health and functioning. Many of the strategies you adopt to maintain overall health also support the brain and preserve your mental sharpness. Research has focused on many of these important keys that are brain enhancing.  Some of them include adequate sleep, exercise, stress reduction, mental gymnastics and social interactions. However, optimal brain nutrition must be on the top of the list!

 

Brain Enhancing Nutrition

 

Like any other organ of the body, the brain responds to your overall health. It goes without saying that optimal nutrition is essential for a healthy brain.  One of the brain’s biggest enemies is oxidative stress from excess free radicals, which are generated by toxins, exercise, illness, stress, and normal metabolic processes, amongst other factors. As levels of free radicals increase, they create a cascade of inflammatory chain reactions that can damage cells down to their DNA. Antioxidants can help block this cycle, which is why you hear so much about these super nutrients.

 

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the nutrients that the brain needs to function. While omega-3s are more often touted for their heart-health benefits, they are crucial to brain health, too. A study published in the journal Neurology found that people deficient in omega-3s had smaller brains and did more poorly in cognitive tests. The researchers also asserted that omega-3s reduce signs of ageing in the brain.

 

Vitamin E has been associated with improved cognitive health. In addition, one study indicated it can help patients recover after a stroke. Vitamin E is also a potent antioxidant. One study found low levels of vitamin E in adults with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.(Mangialasche 2012)

 

Another vitamin that is important for keeping your  brain in optimal health is beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A.  A study of octogenarians and centenarians found that serum (blood) levels of certain nutrients, including beta-carotene, were positively associated with cognition in these populations.(Johnson 2013)

 

The eight B vitamins are a group of water-soluble vitamins that are involved in various cellular functions throughout the body. As a group, they contribute to brain health by supporting reactions involved in energy production, synthesis and repair of DNA and RNA, methylation, and production of multiple signaling molecules and chemicals used by the nervous system. A systematic review of individuals over 40 years old without dementia found that taking B vitamins, including B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folate), and B12 (cobalamin), for at least three months improved episodic memory and global cognition. (Kennedy2016)(Suh 2020)

 

Vitamin C is another important brain nutrient. Research has demonstrated various roles of vitamin C in the brain, which include supporting neurodevelopment, neurotransmitter function, angiogenesis (blood vessel, formation), and antioxidant function. (Travica 2017) In fact, a new study showed just how important Vitamin C is for reducing your risk of dementia.  It reported that without adequate levels of vitamin C, your odds of dementia go by up to 33 percent. Additionally, vitamin C supports renewal of other antioxidants, such as glutathione and vitamin E.

 

The fat-soluble Vitamin K is also associated with optimal brain function. In the nervous system, vitamin K helps activate certain proteins involved in nerve cell survival and supports a component of the myelin sheath that insulates nerves. Vitamin K has also been shown to protect against inflammation and oxidative stress, processes that are implicated in neurodegeneration.(Chouet,2015)

 

The Importance of Detoxification for Brain Health

 

There is a growing body of medical literature proving that certain toxins increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. According to researchers, the top environmental toxin categories associated with cognitive decline are heavy metals, mould and mycotoxins, environmental pollutants as well as pesticides.

 

Heavy metal exposure includes mercury, arsenic, aluminium and lead.  Exposure can accumulate over time from many sources including contaminated drinking water, or pipes, mercury amalgam fillings, paint, personal care products, food additives, cookware and contaminated foods.

 

Mold and mycotoxins (which are toxic compounds produced by mold and fungi) are known for their adverse effects on human health. Mould exposure has historically been connected with asthma and lung disease; however, mould-exposed people report impaired memory and concentration.

 

In recent years, the evidence has been mounting that pesticide exposure is linked to rising rates of chronic disease, which includes cognitive decline. Studies have shown an increased risk of cognitive decline as well as rapid disease progression in those who had higher concentrations of pesticides in their serum, which is associated with increased exposure.

 

It goes without saying that incorporating strategies that will assist in detoxifying the body of these harmful chemicals is essential to not only prevent cognitive decline but also to help reverse this condition.

 

Chlorella – The Good News for Brain Health

 

Taking good care of our brain requires providing the best nutrition possible for the brain as well as enhancing the body’s ability to efficiently and effectively detox the many toxins that you are exposed to on a daily basis.

 

Unfortunately, these days it’s getting more and more difficult to get adequate nutrition. The combination of nutrient-poor soils, the extensive use of toxic chemicals in agriculture and the preponderance of processed foods, all adds up to a deficit of optimal nutrition to fuel your body.  In addition, many people are suffering from a variety of gut health issues, which further impairs the body’s ability to absorb and assimilate nutrition from your diet.

 

Getting the necessary nutrition to nourish the brain is certainly becoming more challenging. No wonder declining brain health and cognitive impairment is on the rise.

 

There is one exceptional natural food source that provides a full complement of vital nutrients for overall health, especially for the brain. It is also a superior source of nutrition that can specifically detox the body.  This superfood is called Chlorella. This single celled green algae is renowned for its incredible nutrient content and qualities.  The tremendous range of benefits you receive from Chlorella is evidence of its well-deserved superfood status.

 

Chlorella contains a comprehensive nutritional profile that can be easily absorbed and utilised by the body. It has all the vital nutrients for brain health and much more.  Chlorella is rich in all the B-complex vitamins including B12, B6, B1 and B9. B-12 is especially important for brain function.  Chlorella is one of the only verified plant source of active B12.  (Kittaka-Katsura 2002) In fact, the inactive form of B12 (the form of B12 found in most plant foods) has been shown not only to be poorly absorbed, but also prevents your body from using active B12 from other food sources. This means that consuming too many foods that contain inactive B12, which includes spirulina,  may lead to B12 deficiencies.

In addition, Chlorella has the vitally important  brain nutrient, omega 3 essential fatty acid.  (Sivaramakrishnan 2020) It also has an abundance of other key brain nutrients including the important vitamins beta carotene, E, and K.   In addition, it has an impressive profile of important minerals, including zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.  Chlorella is also one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D.(Natural Ways)

Chlorella contains more than 50 percent of bio-available protein and all the essential amino acids.  (Webmd) 2022) Protein plays an important role in optimising brain health and is essential for getting nutrients to your brain cells to maintain brain regulation. Since the body does not store essential amino acids, you need to get all eight essential amino acids together at the same time for building proteins necessary for repair and growth.

Brain health requires effective detoxification from the many harmful toxic exposures.  Chlorella has a natural micronutrient called Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), which is a unique nutrient complex found in the nucleus of Chlorella.   CGF has many functions  and is especially powerful for enhancing liver detoxification. Chlorella Growth Factor contains glutathione, an antioxidant found naturally in your body and is produced by the liver.  It helps to metabolise toxins, breaks down free radicals, supports immune function, and more. The glutathione produced by CGF binds to heavy metals, solvents, mycotoxins  and pesticides and converts them into a form that can be safely and effectively excreted in urine or bile. (Halliday)

Chlorella Growth Factor protects the brain in another way. It is very rich in nucleic acids (RNA and DNA).  RNA (ribonucleic acid) is responsible for the transmission of genetic information within the cell. RNA repairs the damage to the DNA, protecting the cell from illness and premature death. CGF boosts the RNA/DNA functions required for the generation of proteins and enzymes, as well as cellular and tissue repair. (An, 2016)

With all the many health benefits that are found in Chlorella, it makes good sense to include Chlorella into your daily nutritional program.  It is the ultimate healing food from nature that not only supplies all the critical nutrition that your body requires to heal and repair but also is a champion for daily detoxification.  Chlorella is available either as tablets (take 5 tablets twice a day) or powder (take 3-5 grams daily). Including Chlorella twice a day as part of your daily healthy program will support not only your brain but also your whole body for optimal health and wellbeing.

 

 

 

Sherrill Sellman, ND, is a Naturopathic Doctor, best-selling author, women’s health expert, contributor to health magazine worldwide, lecturer and  host of two weekly podcasts.  She can be found at ßwww.drsherrillsellman.com and drs@drsherrillsellman.

 

 

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