Chlorella as a Nutritious Vegan Source for Breastfeeding Moms

Chlorella is a super green food that I eat everyday. I found this article and thought it would be useful scientific research that shows hot nutritious chlorella can be for breastfeeding moms and babies.



J Med Food 10 (1) 2007, 134–142
© Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. and Korean Society of Food Science and Nutrition
DOI: 10.1089/jmf.2006.023

Title: Chlorella (Chlorella pyrenoidosa) Supplementation Decreases Dioxin and Increases Immunoglobulin A Concentrations in Breast Milk

Authors: Shiro Nakano,1 Hideo Takekoshi,2,3 and Masuo Nakano2,3,41, Saiseikai Nara Hospital, Nara;

Department of Bioresource Science, Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine; 3Hokkaido Medicinal Plant Research Institute; and 4Rakuno Gakuen University, Hokkaido, Japan


In addition to meeting nutritional requirements, breast milk plays important roles in biodefense for nursing infants.
Dioxins have been detected at high concentrations in breast milk, raising concerns about disorders in nursing infants
caused by breast milk containing dioxins in Japan. We analyzed dioxin levels in breast milk and maternal blood samples from
35 pregnant women in Japan. We also measured immunoglobulin (Ig) A concentrations in breast milk and investigated correlations with dioxin concentrations. In addition, 18 of the 35 women took Chlorella pyrenoidosa (Chlorella) supplements
during pregnancy, and the effects on dioxin and IgA concentrations in breast milk were investigated. Toxic equivalents were
significantly lower in the breast milk of women taking Chlorella tablets than in the Control group (P .003). These results
suggest that Chlorella supplementation by the mother may reduce transfer of dioxins to the child through breast milk. No significant correlation was identified between dioxin and IgA concentrations in breast milk in the Control group. It is unlikely
that normal levels of dioxin exposure via food have a remarkable influence on IgA in breast milk. IgA concentrations in breast
milk in the Chlorella group were significantly higher than in the Control group (P .03). Increasing IgA levels in breast milk
is considered to be effective for reducing the risk of infection in nursing infants. The present results suggest that Chlorella
supplementation not only reduces dioxin levels in breast milk, but may also have beneficial effects on nursing infants by increasing IgA levels in breast milk.

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  1. This is a great study, we know that one of the main benefit of chlorella is that it allows our bodies to rid themselves of heavy metals, like mercury, by attaching to the metals and carrying them out through the bloodstream. It would make sense that these results are true as well.

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