Chlorella, micro-algae, is a food! Chlorella is not considered as a medicine, yet it has many health properties, validated by health authorities, the best known of which (but not the only one) is its ability to help detoxify heavy metals from our body*. The scientific literature is rich in publications and recognized articles that describe its beneficial effects on our health.
Chlorella is mainly produced in Asia, the quality of which can be very variable and above all difficult to verify. It is 99% of the products that you will find on the market, but there have recently been a few algae farms in Europe producing high quality organic chlorella, using a process in glass tubes that guarantees its purity. Indeed, chlorella is a real magnet for toxins and heavy metals, so it is imperative that it grows in a fully controlled environment protected from outside contamination.
Chlorella can be found for consumption in dry “raw” form, in powder or in tablets, often called capsules. Most Asian chlorella producers sell “broken cell wall” chlorella, arguing that it is better digested, but no difference in digestibility or effectiveness between intact and split cells has ever been demonstrated.
The active ingredients of chlorella are such that pharmaceutical laboratories are seeking to extract them to create or enrich medicines. About 80% of new consumers perceive the positive effects of chlorella before the end of the first month (*).
Organic Chlorella, grown in glass tubes in Europe
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Dosages and usage recommendations : how to take chlorella ?
Chlorella can benefit nearly anyone, but there is no universal recipe for its use. We are all complex beings with many commonalities, but we are also individuals with our own unique characteristics and backgrounds. Factors such as absorption rates, disposal capabilities, physiological reactions, and levels of pollutants in the body are all specific to each individual.
These usage recommendations serve only to guide your first doses of chlorella. They provide information about average doses and treatments and should therefore be read for informational purposes only. It is important to make adjustments and find the dose that is right for you, according to your own unique needs. Moreover, do not forget that our needs can change over time, depending on the season, stress levels, fatigue, or other varying factors.
Some people choose to take chlorella for 3-4 months twice a year while others prefer to take their supplements year-round. Similarly, some people take 10 chlorella tablets (300mg) a day while others take 30 tablets. It is up to each individual to adjust the dosage to his or her own needs.
Please note that no case of an overdose of chlorella has ever been reported.
To find the right dosage for you, pay close attention to your body’s reactions and how you feel overall.
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Recommended dosage for adults
Consumer experiences have shown that a daily dose of 2-5 grams of chlorella (or 10-15 300 mg chlorella tablets) has significant positive effects on quality of life. Doctors and nutritionists also suggest taking 3-5 grams or 10-15 tablets every day to prevent health complications and illnesses.
Recommended dosage for children
Powdered chlorella (or crushed chlorella tablets) can be given to children. Doses should be adjusted to the weight of the child in proportion to the recommendations for adults. For example, a child weighing 20 kg should take around 1 gram of chlorella or 3 crushed chlorella tablets.
When to take chlorella ?
Take chlorella at least one hour before or after taking any other medications (such as birth control pills). Ideally, take chlorella in the morning and other pills at night.
If it is more convenient, chlorella can be taken in two or three doses throughout the day rather than all at once.
Take chlorella before meals and with a large glass of water.
Because chlorella is rich in bioabsorpable iron, do not drink tea with chlorella. Tea can inhibit the absorption of iron.
In addition to taking chlorella tablets, using chlorella powder in cooking is very important, particularly when eating fish, which invariably contains a variety of toxins. Add 1-3 teaspoons of chlorella powder at a low temperature (60 degrees Celsius or below) or at the end of cooking in order to preserve its vitamins.
Recommendations for first use
It is best to begin by taking 1-2 chlorella tablets per day. Progressively increase the dose until reaching the desired dosage.
The average recommended dose of 10-15 tablets per day (2-5g) can be reached in 10 days.
Do I need to take chlorella year-round?
Chlorella can be taken every day, year-round. Alternatively, it can be taken in treatments of 3-4 months. These treatments should occur twice a year, once in spring and once in autumn.
Contraindications to chlorella
Those affected by hemochromatosis (an excess of iron) should not take chlorella because the supplement contains bioabsorbable iron.
If you are taking anticoagulants, consult your doctor before taking chlorella. Because chlorella contains vitamin K, which plays a role in coagulation, the supplement may affect anticoagulation treatment.
Side effects of chlorella
Possible intestinal disruption during the first days of use
Chlorella can stimulate intestinal activity immediately. Therefore, slight disturbances in intestinal behavior, including bloating, can occur during the first days of taking chlorella. These effects do not last.
The majority of new consumers notice an increase in intestinal activity without experiencing any significant discomfort. But if intestinal activity increases too much or too quickly, decrease the daily dose of chlorella or, if necessary, stop taking chlorella for several days.
Although few people experience a slowing down of intestinal activity, if this is the case, quickly increase dosage (30-60 tablets or more) and drink more liquids, preferably water. Normal functioning will return in approximately 10 days.
Side effets : Headaches, Vomiting, Joint pain, Dizziness…
Although they are rare, other side effects can occur after the first dose of chlorella. These may be due to the beginning of the detoxification process, which stirs up heavy metals that have accumulated in the body.
Side effects affect around 10% of people taking chlorella and vary in nature and intensity, depending on the level and type of pollutants in the body.
Some of the most common side effects include: headaches, sinus infections, joint pain, numbness, depressed mood, dizziness, and shaking.
To remedy negative side effects, increase dosage in order to accelerate the rate at which chlorella eliminates toxins and leaves the body. Take up to 15-30 tablets four times a day until side effects subside (8-10 days). Slowly reduce dosage amount and frequency until reaching a normal daily dose.
In some cases, consumers that are sensitive to caffeine have also experienced restlessness when taking chlorella with coffee. To avoid this side effect, it is best not to take chlorella with caffeine or at night.
If you’re looking for a natural & efficient heavy metal detoxification program, please see Dr Klinghardt detox program.
I am wondering if yaeyama Chlorella has interactions with some antidepressants or antisycotics? I’ve been taking 13.5 grams daily for months devided in three servings per day..of course I started out taking 3 grams per day an increased dosage by about 300 mg with each serving. Lately I’ve been experiencing increase in affects of my mental illness. So I decreased dosages down to 9 grams per day at 3 grams per serving. Three times per day.. Am I still getting to much iron.. I eat plant based foods often an am concerned about my losing about 60 lbs. I also walk jog three miles 5 times per week..this summer no real issues with chlorella but am worried about interactions with medications. I take Zoloft, welbutran an in bags. Is it possible better health due to chlorella exercise an nutritionist food maybe needing me to decrease meds? Is my mental health better an current dosages are to much now?
Unfortunately we cannot comment on a chlorella brand other than Chlorella Echlorial as we are not sure of its purity. You should consult your medical doctor regarding these matters and directly contact your chlorella brand. It is always advised not to take chlorella and any other type of medication at the same time.
I have late stage lyme (most likely since 1990) started treatment ? One year now. When are the best times to take chlorella take am and Hs many antibiotics and 6pm supplemenrs. Also does chlorella pull mercury out of teeth. Can not afford 25000 for removal and scared to touch anything in there to make it worst . Do not wish false teeth would also be very costly as need to remove mercury safely although I did not check that cost. I take EDTA overnight 10days = 1,treatment and have gotten chelation 3 times for lead and more ongoing
Hi Joyce, it is best to take chlorella at least one hour before or after any other type of medication to make sure its precious components don’t interact with other chemicals.
How long should Instop taking chlorella before going out in the sun?
We are not sure to understand your question ? There is no contra-indications between sun exposition and chlorella intake. Just make sure you are well protected if you expose yourself to the sun, as always.
My daughter is 33 month old and weights 24 lb, taking Kepra for her seizures and a mitochondrial cocktail (variety of supplements and vitamins for mitochondrial dysfunction) , she is G feeding tube. How much of Chlorella do you recommend for her?
Young children the age of your daughter can easily take 1g / day. If you’d like to give her chlorella you could start with 0,2 g and increase dosage progressively while monitoring her stools. Don’t hesitate to get back to us when you receive your product. Thank you
Can your chlorella be cooked? I would like to use this chlorella for heavy metal detox but would like to know if it will be effective in absorbing heavy metals even when warmed or cooked?
Chlorella can be cooked and will remain capable to remove heavy metals but please, note that if the temperation is over 40 °C most of vitamins thermolabiles will be destroyed
Because chlorella assists in purging the metals from your body, how does it affect a person who has silver fillings?
Chlorella catchs metallic particles, not solid metal
I would like to give Chlorella tablets (Sun Chlorella) to my dad who is 76 years old because of all the health benefits. However, he is allergic to mold. Will this be beneficial or would it hurt if I give this to him? Thanks in advance
Hello and thank you for your message,
Unfortunately we cannot give you indications regarding a different brand of chlorella other than eChlorial. We recommend you get in touch directly with your vendor.
Thank you for creating this marvellous product. Just a question that I can not find answer on the site.
Is it broken cell wass chlorella?
As I understand that the human body can’t actually digest it whole and it should be consumed in a “broken cell wall” state.
Thank you Ollie for your kind comment! That is a question we receive regularly, you will find the answer in this article :)
When you say it can’t be taken with tea, does that mean I can’t have tea at any time during this treatment? Or does that simply mean not to take it when I take at the same time I take my dose of chlorella?
It means do not drink tea at the same moment if you need the iron from the chlorella.
Tea prevents iron absorption. You can drink tea about 1 hour earlier or later.
Im a first time user, and Im on oral contraceptive so how many tablets can I take on a daily basis?.
Is Chlorella generally recognized as safe by the FDA?
Hello, yes chlorella does have GRAS status.
What is it exactly, in tea that inhibits the absorption? You can’t just give that statement without giving the reason. Is it the caffeine? That means no coffee either.
Yes, same with coffee. It is advised to consume chlorella at least one our before or after tea/coffee. “Tea interferes with iron absorption and can lead to iron deficiency anemia when consumed in large quantities. The rechallenge effect of green tea on anemia in a middle‐aged man emphasizes the potential causal role of this beverage”. Source : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5093162/
Hello, can you please recommend the chlorella dosage to counteract effects of radiotherapy? Treatment finishes tomorrow, so I will restart supplements the day after. I was taking one tablet of chlorella daily prior to radiotherapy (5 days treatment). Thank you
You could double the standard dosage, therefore 6g / day. Do not hesitate to increase dosage if you need more energy, and you can also use astaxanthin.
Why do i have joint paint and feel fatigue after chlorella consumpption
Recommendations and answers on that topic vary based on the quality of chlorella you are consuming. What is the brand you are using?
Hi, I am allergic to penicillin so can I take this ?
There is no contraindication for people who are allergic to penicillin.
Good afternoon, my partner and I started taking Chlorella tablets (300gm) approximately 3 weeks ago because of its’ many amazing health benefits. However, my partner has an Autoimmune disease and receives immune suppressant medication. As Chlorella is known for boosting immunity, is this likely to cause conflict with his medication?
Thank you in advance,
For future specific inquiries you should contact your vendor directly, as we are very solicited and try to focus our time on our consumers. We respond nonetheless here :
We can only take into account the testimonies of our consumers.
It appears that people suffering from autoimmune diseases often find a clear benefit to the use of chlorella whose immunomodulatory properties are well known.
Chlorella is also an excellent anti-inflammatory and can equal cortisone in certain cases without having the deleterious effects caused by the latter.
Thank you for the information very useful
Can i do Chlorella while i’m on chemotheraphy? Some studies indicate that it might interfere with the chemopoison, and others that it might help untoxify the body while doing chemo, and in that matter defend the body from the toxiticity. I find it difficult to find good advice. I will start chemo in 2-3 weeks from now, and haven’t got a clue how to do the best choice for myself.
Hi, I have heard that chlorella and vitamin C should not be taken within a few hours of one another. Is this the case with other antioxidant supplements? Is it reasonable to take the chlorella doses during the day and other supplements at night?
Hello, we simply can relay the feedback we have had from chlorella consumers in similar situations : chlorella seemed to be beneficial during and after the chemo as it boosts the overall immune system. See the testimonials : chemotherapy and breast surgery and mouth sores caused by chemo. Thank you
No problem of compatibility with natural vitamin C. Our “star” antioxydant (astaxanthin) is consumed during meals, chlorella in the morning on an empty stomach and spirulina in the second half of the day.
Do you need to take another supplement for your body to be able to absorb the chlorella? I think maybe it was magnesium???
There is no digestibility problem to consume chlorella, moreover it contains a lot of magnesium already due to its high content in chlorophyll (most chlorophylls bind magnesium).
Is this safe to take with other supplements like magnesium, collagen, black seed oil , Turkey tail? I take many medicinal herbal boosts in my teas and know not to drink tea within the hour of Chlorella but want to make sure I don’t over due vitamins
There already is a lot of magnesium in chlorella and it is a very complete supplement in general, but you can continue taking other supplements if they benefit your health. It is better to space the intake of chlorella and other supplements by an hour as well.