Chlorella, The New Insulin?
Solazyme, a San Francisco Bay Area green tech company, and the University of Manitoba have secured a patent for using a strain of microalgae called Chlorella to treat people with impaired glucose tolerance and diabetes. The patent claims that traditional treatments for diabetes and other illnesses could be reduced or eliminated after a subject starts consuming algae.
“Let food by thy medicine, let medicine be thy food…” Hipporcrates
Research suggests that consuming algae can lower blood sugar levels. A 2008 study found that animal consumption of Chlorella resulted in lower blood sugar levels. Since “insulin resistance” is one of the first signs of pre-diabetes, this study could have significant implications with respect to how one might integrate whole foods into an action plan for preventing and reversing symptoms of metabolic syndrome.
In another study, 17 healthy people and 17 subjects at risk of metabolic diseases were fed algae for four months. The researchers noticed significant reductions in body fat, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels (without relying on insulin) in the algae eaters. The scientists also noticed that in the high-risk group, genes involved in fat metabolism and insulin signaling fluctuated, suggesting that eating algae was altering people’s metabolism.
Unfortunately, all drugs have side effects. Whenever an isolated compound is extracted from a plant to make a pharmaceutical drug, the remainder of the plant is discarded from the process. Because the body cannot “understand” isolated chemical compounds in the same way it was designed to understand a whole food, pharmaceutical drugs are not without their risks.
The best part about eating potent whole foods and superfoods–is that you do NOT need a prescription–and you do not have to wait until you are sick to get them. They also do NOT have any side effects!
Taking an active role in creating optimal health, means becoming mindful of our blood sugar levels: choosing foods that help stabilize blood sugar levels; and eliminating foods that are high in carbohydrates and sugars. Making chlorella a dietary staple, may go a long way in the prevention of weight gain and chronic diseases…
Chlorella comes in conveniently pressed tablets. They have no coating, so they are easy to chew and perfect on the go. However, if you do not like the taste of chlorella–or having a green smile–just swallow them whole with a glass of water. A handful of chlorella is the perfect afternoon “pick me up.”