Chlorella: A powerful medicinal plant that can prevent inflammation-related diseases, researchers find

Researchers in France have found that chlorella can reduce inflammation and prevent inflammation-related diseases. In their study, the researchers looked at the benefits of chlorella on visceral pain and associated inflammatory parameters related to cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder, in mice.

  • Chlorella is a green microalgae that contains nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll.
  • It has been used in traditional medicine for managing inflammation-related diseases.
  • Cystitis in mice was induced by cyclophosphamide administration.
  • The researchers gave mice either 250 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) body weight of chlorella or 500 mg/kg body weight of chlorella every day for 16 days.
  • Six hours after cyclophosphamide administration, the researchers measured the body temperature, general behavior, food intake, and body weight.
  • Then, 24 hours after, the mice underwent two behavioral tests: an open field and the aversive light stimulus avoidance conditioning test.
  • These tests were conducted to examine the influence of pain on general activity and learning activity of mice.
  • After the chlorella treatment, the researchers measured the mice’s bladders, thickness, and urinary hemoglobin.
  • The results revealed that both dosages of chlorella significantly reduced visceral pain and associated inflammatory parameters related to cystitis.
  • Chlorella treatment also improved mice behavior.
  • These findings were published in the Journal of Medicinal Food.

With these findings, the researchers concluded that chlorella has beneficial effects against visceral pain and cystitis.

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Journal Reference:

Hidalgo-Lucas S, Rozan P, Guérin-Deremaux L, Baert B, Violle N, Saniez-Degrave MH, Bisson JF. BENEFITS OF PREVENTIVE ADMINISTRATION OF CHLORELLA SP. ON VISCERAL PAIN AND CYSTITIS INDUCED BY A SINGLE ADMINISTRATION OF CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE IN FEMALE WISTAR RAT. Journal of Medicinal Food. 6 May 2016; 19(5): 450-456. DOI: 10.1089/jmf.2015.0077

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