Has anybody taken Blue Green Algae - Chlorella

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aguywithuc
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   Posted 5/4/2011 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I took this years ago, seems like it would help UC or start it ;)

Aminosalicylates, corticosteroids, immunomodulators, and other drugs may be given to relax the patient or to relieve pain, diarrhea, or infection. Highly preliminary evidence suggests that spirulina or other blue-green algae products may counter allergic reactions, such as hay fever and hives,18,19,39,40 help protect the liver from toxic chemicals, reduce blood pressure, and control symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Blue green algae has shown in lab tests to exert strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which is useful for diseases like arthritis,lupus and ulcerative colitis.

sbgalgae.com/faq/blue-green-algae-for-ulcers/

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11347287

SES: Blue-green algae has been used for a certain type of mouth/tongue ulcer (leukoplakia) and as a nutritional supplement.


Chlorella Produces 61% Reduction in Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms

Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia conducted a small study to further examine the effect of Chlorella on certain chronic illnesses. Double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trials were held using 55 subjects with fibromyalgia, 33 with hypertension, and 9 with ulcerative colitis. This report is on the ulcerative colitis patients.

Eight of nine ulcerative colitis patients, age 25 to 56 completed the study. All UC patients participating in the open-label study were given an initial sigmoidoscopic exam of their colons, and their symptoms were recorded and scored. Each participant took fifty chlorella tablets (ten grams) and approximately three ounces of liquid extract each day for two months. No restrictions were implemented and participants were instructed to continue their normal lifestyle routines, including taking any already prescribed medications.

At the end of the second month, full examinations and interviews were completed to determine any improvements in the patients’ ulcerative colitis condition. These examinations were performed to determine the disease activity index (DAI) — the most commonly used objective assessment for determining the state of inflammation of the colon. The DAI has four subscales: stool frequency, rectal bleeding, mucosal appearance, and physician’s overall assessment. Each subclass is scored from 0 to 3, thus the maximum score for the DAI is 12. Zero represents no disease symptoms.

Every participant’s symptoms improved after adding chlorella to their diets. The examinations revealed significantly less inflammation. General assessment indicated that the patients’ overall ulcerative colitis had significantly improved. The Disease Activity Index decreased from an average of 7.2 to 2.8. That’s nearly a sixty percent reduction in symptoms!

Prior to the study, there was a fair amount of medical literature that indicated that the use of chlorella could provide substantial benefits for sufferers of ulcerative colitis:

Numerous reports indicated that chlorophyll was beneficial in cleansing and protecting the lower GI tract. Chlorella has the highest chlorophyll content of any known plant.
Laboratory studies have suggested that chlorella stimulates the immune system to produce macrophages, which are cells that clean the blood, body fluids and cavities of harmful substances.
In the bowel area, chlorella was reported to stimulate the growth of “good” intestinal bacteria — lactobacilli, that assist in destroying populations of harmful bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli).

hsionline.com/2006/01/11/stop-thinking-about-antioxidants/

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Levi
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   Posted 5/4/2011 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I had seriously considered it. I started taking barley grass last summer and it seemed pretty similar to chlorella and blue green algae. I was looking at barley grass, wheat grass, spirulina, chlorella cholorphyll, and blue-green algae. All seemed like they could be very beneficial for UC.

Anyway, the barley grass really softened up my stools so I stopped taking it mainly for that reason alone. I guess I assumed that I might have the same issues with the other supplements also.

I will probably try one of the other's I mentioned, because, like you said they all show amazing benefits in for UC and the body in general.
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aguywithuc
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   Posted 5/4/2011 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Levi said...
I had seriously considered it. I started taking barley grass last summer


Levi, is this what you tried ?

Germinated barley foodstuff feeding. A novel neutraceutical therapeutic strategy for ulcerative colitis.

A germinated barley foodstuff (GBF) contained glutamine-rich protein and the hemicellulose-rich fiber was made from brewer's spent grain by physical isolation (milling and sieving). Both in vivo and in vitro studies demonstrated that the fiber fraction of GBF supports maintenance of epithelial cell populations, facilitates epithelial repair, and suppresses epithelial nuclear factor kappa B-DNA binding activity through generating increased short-chain fatty acid (especially butyrate) production by luminal microflora which includes Bifidobacterium and Eubacterium, thereby preventing experimental colonic injury. The fiber fraction also modulates stool water content by its high water-holding capacity. The protein fraction which contains larger glutamine prevents experimental small bowel injury. Based on these observations, clinical studies were initiated in patients with mild to moderate active ulcerative colitis. The patients who had been unresponsive to or intolerant of standard treatment received 30 grams of GBF feeding daily in a nonrandomized, open-label fashion. At 4 weeks, this treatment resulted in a significant clinical and endoscopic improvement independent of disease extent. The improvement was associated with an increase in stool butyrate concentrations and in luminal Bifidobacterium and Eubacterium levels. After the end of GBF treatment the patients had an exacerbation of the disease. GBF was safe and well tolerated. These results indicate that GBF feeding is a potentially attractive treatment in patients with ulcerative colitis.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11173912

Levi
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   Posted 5/4/2011 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
angry, No I just took regular run of the mill barley grass.  It is interesting that the article you posted indicates it should remove water from stools when it made my stools much softer. I will look into this GBF later, thanks for the info!

aguywithuc
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   Posted 5/4/2011 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Levi said...
angry, No I just took regular run of the mill barley grass. It is interesting that the article you posted indicates it should remove water from stools when it made my stools much softer. I will look into this GBF later, thanks for the info!


You bet - maybe we can find something helpful in this, both studies suggest across the board benefit to participants. I am switching jobs and need to travel a good deal to Chicago for one month so I may want to delay my experiment until I return and begin working from home for one year. But I want to do the research now and not forget about it. Thanks for responding.

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   Posted 5/4/2011 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
i don't remember where i've read it but chlorella was a no no for UC. based on some medical studies. god knows, i've seen so many pro's and con's about suplements for UC....

just be carrefull. if you take it and your symptoms get worse just leave it to the dogs...
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imagardener2
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   Posted 5/4/2011 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
there was a post about this a couple months ago. I tried blue-green algae years ago pre-UC and it gave me D, upset stomach and nausea. One of my friends took it and suggested it. No way would I try it at this time. But I'm always interested to hear about other peoples results, try it and report back :-)
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aguywithuc
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   Posted 5/4/2011 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I took the Chlorella and it did not do anything but I was not flaring either so I stopped. Willing to give it a go again.

I have ALWAYS wanted to try GBF - I simply could not find where to buy it.

Gonna try this -> www.amazon.com/Mai-Ya-Barley-germinated-Fong/dp/B00415LR6Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&qid=1304571422&sr=8-2

Another one was offered here but I do not like that it was fermented
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   Posted 5/5/2011 3:50 AM (GMT -6)   
i've tried GBF also the past year.
got into a nice flare. but i cannot say it was the GBF, i've also took psyllium husk at the same time and also glucosamine.
i've quit them all.
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