Chlorella is a single-celled, freshwater green microalga that is getting a whole lot of attention from researchers. And that’s because chlorella is linked to a variety of potential health benefits.
Chlorella benefits include some powerful abilities: it's an immune booster, detoxifier, gastrointestinal aid and more.
So, here's what you need to know about how chlorella for dogs ... how it can help your dog stay healthy and how to give it to your dogt.
1. Helps Your Dog Detoxify
Chlorella is a potent detoxifier that binds to toxins and removes them from your dog’s body.
Every day your dog is exposed to toxins, including …
- Heavy metals from vaccinations, processed food, pest preventatives and pollution
- Dioxins found in the air, fish and dairy products
- Neurotoxins in water, food and pest preventatives
- Radioactive particles from radiation treatments and in the environment
There are many studies that demonstrate chlorella’s detoxifying effects.
In one study, researchers looked at the effects of chlorella on blood lead levels. It reduced toxicity by 66.03% when supplemented during exposure. Other studies looked at chlorella’s effect on cadmium and mercury. In both studies, chlorella helped reduce the amount of heavy metals stored in the body.
In 2001 researchers extracted chlorophyll (plant pigment) from chlorella. The chlorophyll effectively stopped the absorption of dioxins … and increased their removal. And in 2016, researchers successfully used chlorella as a detoxifier for radioactive strontium.
2. Stabilizes Free Radicals To Help Prevent Chronic Disease
Chlorella is full of powerful antioxidants that help repair unstable cells called free radicals. Without antioxidants, the free radicals in your dog’s body can run rampant and begin attacking healthy cells. This will lead to oxidative stress and inflammation, which can cause …
- Premature aging
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Heart disease
- Autoimmune disorders
And this is only the start. Oxidative stress and inflammation are linked to more than 200 diseases.
In 2019, researchers tested chlorella on rabbits to see if it could reduce oxidation and the buildup of free radicals. The study was successful … and researchers recommended chlorella as a supplement to keep free radicals in check.
In another study, cells affected by oxidative stress were better able to repair themselves.
3. Helps Boost The Immune System
Chlorella contains a powerful compound called CGF (Chlorella Growth Factor). CGF contains nucleic acids in the form of RNA and DNA ,which support cellar regeneration. When your dog eats food rich in nucleic acids it helps protect your dog’s RNA and DNA. This protects his cells so that they’re better able to fight off disease and illness.
Research has shown that CHF improves the humoral immune response, which is responsible for producing antibodies. Antibodies help remove unwanted pathogens from your dog’s body. In another study, chlorella increased the number of interferons and enhanced natural killer cells. Both of these are integral to your dog’s ability to keep viruses and bacteria at bay.
According to Clarence Hardin, DVM …
“The quantity of nucleic acid in the body decreases with age, a decline associated with the aging process and weakened immunity”
Hardin recommends chlorella for long-term use to slow down the aging process and boost health in older dogs
4. Improves Digestive Health
Lots of people are familiar with probiotics … beneficial bacteria that improve his gut health. To improve the effectiveness of these probiotics, it’s best to take them alongside prebiotics.
Prebiotics are indigestible fiber that feeds the bacteria in your dog’s colon. In return, the bacteria secrete beneficial metabolites that help keep your dog healthy.
Chlorella is a prebiotic that feeds these bacteria so they can restore and maintain a healthy gut. And according to one study, it can help increase the growth and survival rates of probiotics.
5. Gets Rid Of Bad Breath
As mentioned earlier, chlorella contains antioxidants … and one of these antioxidants is chlorophyll.
Chlorophyll is a plant pigment that makes most plants and algae green. There are a number of reasons to feed your dog foods rich in chlorophyll. It helps …
- Detox the body
- Boost the immune system
- Help with proper digestion
- Breaks down calcium oxalate
Another unique benefit is that the chlorophyll in chlorella can also help eliminate your dog’s bad breath.
According to veterinarian Dr Liz Hanson ...
“One of the most important ways that our pets benefit from chlorophyll is that it both treats and prevents bad breath from the inside out. It also improves digestion, which is the most likely cause of bad breath, even in dogs with healthy teeth and gums.”
How To Add Chlorella To Your Dog’s Diet
As quality can vary among brands of chlorella, make sure to do your research. Low quality chlorella may accumulate toxins and counteract the benefits of the detoxifying algae.
Once you have your chlorella powder, you can mix it directly into your dog’s food. As with any new supplement, start with a smaller amount to see how your dog tolerates it. Work up to 50 mg per 25 lbs of body weight once or twice daily.
If your dog needs an immune boost, you can double the dosage.
Chlorella may be small but it can be powerful … especially as a regular addition to your dog’s diet.
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