Chlorella is a very unique supplement, especially since it removes mercury from the body. I took it consistently 3 times a day with meals (I had mercury fillings in my teeth but couldn't afford to have them removed). I felt it helped me immensely. But you are also asking me to remember back 17 years to when I had candida? LOL! All the details of what went on elude me. But I know what I took because I wrote a booklet to give out to my Candida Support Group that I ran in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for 3 years. There were so many parts of the program that got me cured and chlorella was one.
But I was under an M.D.'s care, who was also holistic and doing naturopathy. She also gave me intraveneous mineral and vitamin shots when I was so very ill with candida and I visited her every weekday early on.
Here's an excellent source of information on chlorella:
(Although Dr. Mercola does sells chlorella I feel he chooses products he wants his own patients to have and it must be a product of integrity that he can trust will help them. He's in the business of making people well, unlike a lot of M.D.'s we all have known).
What Results Should You Expect When You Begin Taking Chlorella?
The first thing is better digestion, especially if you have bad breath or constipation. Both these are readily handled by taking small doses of Chlorella. However, many of the benefits of Chlorella are subtle and not easily determined by how a person feels.
For instance, Chlorella has been demonstrated to remove heavy metals and other synthetics from the body by actually binding with them so they may be pulled from the bloodstream. However, this result can only be measured if the level of heavy metals in the bloodstream are known before and after a person starts taking chlorella.
It takes approximately 3-6 months once starting chloreela for heavy metals to begin to be removed from the blood depending on the amount of chlorella taken. If it has been determined that a person does have heavy metals in their body, they should begin by taking 15-20 grams per day depending on the level of heavy metals that are present.
What Time Of Day Or Night Should You Take It?
Chlorella can be taken at any time of the day. It can be taken all at once or it can be taken in small dosages throughout the day, which is preferable. Morning is also a good time to take chlorella, but never just before or after drinking coffee or soft drinks since caffeine is extremely detrimental to the digestive process. (We generally advise people to avoid caffeine anyway).
Chlorella causes the bacteria in our stomachs, the Lactobacilli, to multiply at 4 times the rate of normal. This is why it is best to take with meals as chlorella helps provide very good digestion and more importantly, better assimilation of nutrients.
Can Everyone Tolerate Chlorella?
Because of the fiber content in chlorella's cell wall and other nutritional factors, when some people begin to take chlorella for the first time they may go through cleansing reactions, sometimes referred to as a "healing crisis". This cleansing reaction comes in the form of intestinal activity such as gas, cramping, constipation or diarrhea.
This same type of cleansing reaction frequently occurs when people switch from a low-fiber, "junk-food" diet to a high fiber, natural food diet.
For this reason, some individuals may wish to start out with less than the suggested amount and gradually increase up to the recommended dose in 1-2 weeks. Very sensitive individuals may want to start with as little as a single capsule per day.
If you have not been eating many fresh raw vegetables in your diet, it is probably a good idea to start out with a single capsule with each meal and increase by a capsule every 2-3 days.
Rarely cleansing reactions will go on for up to 3 months where one can not increase the dose beyond a capsule per day.
As long as you are not showing an allergic reaction (such as hives) or throwing up, you can safely continue the chlorella. In a couple of months, the reaction should decrease. And as it decreases, you can increase the dose.
Can You Take Too Much Chlorella?
It is best to think of chlorella as a food because that is exactly what it is: one of the purest, most potent foods on earth. A person can not take too much chlorella because it is naturally detoxifying. Therefore, the fear of chlorella accumulating and becoming toxic to the body is not present.
However, there is a "comfort level" with every person where he or she knows how much Chlorella to take per day. In general, that level will be about 5-8 grams per day.
The best to you,