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chlorella and hair growth?

Discussion in 'Treatments for Androgenetic Alopecia' started by kimm, May 5, 2009.

  1. kimm

    kimm Guest

    Hello My name is Kimm and I have a supplement addiction. :$

    Okay, I was lurking on longhaircareforum, and there is a lengthly 300 plus thread on this supplement.

    It seems that it's pretty good at encouraging hair growth!

    It's also a super food, helps with detoxing, weight loss, lowering cholesteral.

    I couldn't resist. I was at the health food store, restocking some things I needed and bought this supplement.

    I need to stop myself!!!! :crazy:

    Anyhooooo. anyone else heard of or taken this? Even for reasons other than hair growth?

    Btw: I don't think this is going to "cure" my Androgenetic Alopecia or anything. I just noticed a new crop of baby hairs and would like to give them every tool I can to encourage their growth. I'm getting a little anxious since my shed has picked up again this last month or so. I need those baby hairs to do some serious growing to catch up to the longer hair.

    I'm thinking I'll need to talk my stylist into chopping quite a bit off soon. She has extremely long hair, and refuses to do it when I tell her to take off as much as she needs to make me look healthy.

    Anyhoo, here's an interesting rundown on the benefits of Chlorella.

    http://tuberose.com/Chlorella.html

    Doesn't focus on hair loss at all, but an interesting read none-the-less.
     
  2. jande1

    jande1 Guest

    LOL - you are so funny!!

    I think I am a supplement junkie as well. I do think we will all try anything!!
     
  3. miche777

    miche777 Guest

    You are too hilarous, kimm!!! :woot:

    Hey, I've been reading a lot about chlorella lately. Not because I'm seeking out the info; it just keeps popping up.

    I'm going to try it too. If it doesn't help with my hair, it's other properties and potential benefits sound pretty good! :)
     
  4. kimm

    kimm Guest

    I know I have a problem!

    One thing to note, actually two.

    In reading a lot of the personal experiences with this supplement a couple of things came to light.

    First, you need to go slow with this supplement. don't jump up to like 15 grams right away because I guess a lot of people get detox symptoms (rashes, breakouts, the poops etc.)

    The second is that I think you have make sure you're taking enough to get the benefits. On the longcarehairforum hey were saying that one indication that you're getting enough is when you "go green" yes..... green poop. I think some of them were talking like up to 10-15 grams being the optimal dose. I also found one online book referencing about 10 grams.

    I bought some capsules just to start out, but it's not going to be economical that way. 5 capsules equals 2 grams for the brand I bought. Getting 10-15 grams would be like a bottle of pills a day! So if I tolerate this well at small doses, I'm going to get it in a powder form and start either mixing it in with something or starting back on protein smoothies in the am. (just got to get organized to start doing those with the kiddies in the morning!)

    If anyone else gives this a try let me know. I'd be interested in hearing other's experiences with it!
     
  5. iisara21

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    Lol. We supplement addicts need to start a new support group! :) I haven't heard anything about this one, but keep us posted on how you're doing with it!
     
  6. brokendreams

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    I had looked into this awhile ago because I was takin ng a product called sea-silver about 8 yrs ago. chlorella is a similar product and promises are the same, If you do use it you need to take Vit c as far away as you can from your doses of chlorella. Some people use cellulase to help with digestion of chlorella .

    My naturapath uses this as part of a detox program, where they also suggest removing all your older dental fillings in order for it to work.

    We need one supllement that reads "igrowhair" :hairy:
     
  7. kimm

    kimm Guest

    oooh thanks! I didn't know that about vitamin C!

    I usually take C with my iron in the am to help with absorption.

    It's so hard to time all this stuff out right!

    I was working on getting my silver fillings replaced for a while. I still have a few though. Next apt I want to ask about replacement but it just sounds so miserable!

    I did hear about chlorella detoxing the heavy metals from your system.

    I'm thinking about adding spirulina to the mix too, once I start doing smoothies. I used to take it a while ago but don't know if I took enough to see actual benefits.

    It will be fun seeing the look on my husband's face when he sees me downing dark green smoothies every morning! :mrgreen:
     
  8. brokendreams

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    With all the things ive tried in 10 years Im surprised i havent turned green! Actually kimm I might be wrong but I think I remember spirulina and blue algae being the same as chlorella but when it is harvested (lake beds) its not as safe or pure as chlorella.

    We'll get it together one day and look like chia pets
     
  9. vaso

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    You are too funny!!! I had a good chuckle over this, it's so important to keep your sense of humour in all of this :woot:
     
  10. kimm

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    thanks! Glad to be of service :mrgreen:

    I realize I can be a bit of a downer when I'm going through one of my "whoa is me" moods. Need to turn it around sometimes. That's more my outward personality anyways. :)

    okay, one more link!

    http://www.chlorellafactor.com/

    It's basically a book (literally, the guy wrote and posted his book) So it's written from one point of view and you have to take it with a grain of salt, but it provides a lot to consider!

    I did notice that my appetite was much better controlled today after taking my first dose and my carb cravings were better. This week is the total test week too, because I'm exactly 7 days out from my period. This is when I get all snacky, crabby, sheddy and weepy. If I can eliminate snacky I guess that's something!
     
  11. miche777

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    To all supplement addicts (I'm preying on the weak :innocent: ): Also look into He Shou Wu (Fo Ti). This one kind of says "I grow hair" - by that, I mean, that's pretty much it's only property (besides touting to be "antiageing" - I'll take it!).

    Downer part is it's supposed to start working after 6 months of use. Added benefit, however, is it's supposed to stop and possibly even reverse graying. I haven't had any new gray hairs pop up in the last month! Not sure if it's a coincidence or not? I only have maybe 10-15 on my whole head and my derm pointed them out to me (apparently, some of my new regrowth is gray on the top). Oh well. But seriously, this could be a good supplement. I think right now, only me and web_diva are trying it out (she got the more expensive version with other hair growth factors in it. Mine was pretty cheap; i.e, a few bucks for over a month's supply).
     
  12. RobinL71

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    kimm... just an fyi... if you are taking an iron supp. you may be able to lower your dose after being on chlorella... it's rich in iron as most dark green foods are...
     
  13. kimm

    kimm Guest

    um......uh oh?

    Okay, been on this since May 5th and it's now May 9th, so only 4 days.

    I'm due for my period on tuesday and am at day 27 (I've been averaging 29 days) and I just got my period! :shock:

    This it the only thing I've really added recently, other than garlic.

    Then I went back to the longhaircareforum and searched through the chlorella thread and found references to other women starting their cycles early after starting this supp.

    But when I've searched for chlorella and it's effects on women's hormones, so far I've found nothing!

    If after only 4 days this stuff has the power to mess with my cycle, I don't know what to think!

    Anyone know anything about this?

    My shed also skyrocketed today, but geez if my hormones are that effected by this then that shouldn't be a surprise I guess.

    This would also make sense because my shed went through the roof last cycle when my period started.

    This is going to majorly suck if I have to deal with this every single month.

    So not sure what to do now. If it's just a temporary effect then maybe it's just some weird transient side effect? Don't know if jumping off would be just a hasty reaction. On the other hand, if I don't know exactly what this stuff is doing to my hormones then maybe I'm a big dummy for staying on it.

    Think I'm going to email my naturopath and see what she says.

    I probably should have emailed her in the first place before starting this thing! :(
     
  14. RobinL71

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    I wouldn't worry just yet... stick it out... chorella is known for being awesome for health...

    Hormonally... it would have an impact on your thyroid... being that it is an algae which is rich in iodine... and as we all know... our endocrine system works in symphony...

    in laymen's terms... the chlorella is basically feeding your thyroid... thus causing a slight and temporary hormonal imbalance that your body now has to adjust/adapt to... make sense? Sidebar.. if you are hyper-thyroid (producing too much thyroid hormones) you'd want to stay away from iodine...
     
  15. kimm

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    Robin!!!!!

    I was hoping you'd respond! :woot:

    You seem to be the natural "guru" here.

    I am slightly hypothyroid. I was under the impression that chlorella does not have iodine in it, but I guess it would make sense.

    Is it a bad idea to use this? I also think I may have low estrogen (getting test results soon here. I woke up absolutely drenched this morning (had to change my pajama bottoms...yuck) this hasn't happened in a while.


    Thanks though. Your repsonse makes me feel a little better.

    I'll stick it out a bit longer and see what happens.
     
  16. RobinL71

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    awww shucks... thanks!

    Here's an article that provides the breakdown of nutrients in chlorella:
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/205325/chlorella_superfood_for_whole_body.html

    If you are hypothyroid then IMHO... chlorella was def a smart choice for you... alot of natural thyroid experts say that iodine supplementation is a must in our society bc our diets are generally deficient in it... and moreso if you are hypo... or even borderline... and since sea plants are rich with iodine... well you get the idea ;)

    My best advice (keeping in mind that I'm not a doctor)... is that anytime you are introducing something to your body that affects the hormones the way that it is intended (in this case balancing your thyroid)... you should allow yourself to go through at least 3 menstrual cycles giving your body time to adapt and adjust as needed... and eventually balance... and what should happen is that your cycles get "easier" as you become more balanced... make sense?
     
  17. kimm

    kimm Guest

    Thanks again.

    That's so odd that my supp doesn't list iodine as part of the nutritional content. I have a different brand coming in the mail soon, so I'll have to see if it's listed there.

    This is definitely a full on period. So weird!

    I started this supp way after I would have ovulated. Could an ALGEA make my progesterone drop or something?

    So weird!

    I'll definitely need to be careful with this one since my naturopath and thyroid doctor have been telling me to steer clear of iodine.

    I went on half of the lowest dose of armour last summer (like 15 mcgs forgot how it's measured) and went absolutely hyper.

    If this doesn't aggravate my anxiety then I'll stick with it. I'm still trying to keep my adrenals from going haywire.

    My anxiety spiked yesterday along with the shed (haven't showered yet so I don't know what today's shed holds) but I didn't wake up drenched with sweat again this morning. So I'm hoping it was the reaction to the sudden drop in hormones that made me all batty yesterday.

    I can't help but be worried because I just got to a 29 day cycle and was feeling pretty good about it.

    I'm going to stick with this because I seem invested now (if I'm going to have to put up with aunt flo coming early!) I want to see if I acclimate to it and hopefully next cycle will be normal. I reeeeally don't want to start having 26 day cycles! I'd rather go back to 30 or 31 because I hate the hormone roller coaster!

    One thing positive though. It's really kept my appetite and cravings under control! Not that I still don't give in due to stress, but there were days where I went hours and forgot to eat!

    Pretty wild!

    I'm not trying to lose weight. Just to hold steady where I'm at. I would like to think that this means it's helping my Insulin Resistance a little, because that would help out my hormone situation, (provided I haven't just screwed it up!)
     
  18. kimm

    kimm Guest

    okay I've posted around here somewhere about some of my experience with this supp.

    I'm on a lot so I don't know for sure what it's doing or not, but it's doing something!

    This month I got my period 2 days late. It started really light and that scared me because I thought "crap! did I screw my hormones up?" but then it seemed normal.

    I'm seeing two holistic doctors and both seem pretty positive that this is a good supplement in general. My naturopath mentioned that it is a blood purifier and may even help with my hormone balance indirectly.

    My shedding has not gone up on it, if anything it's come down some. (can't credit chlorella for that, but if it hiked up dramatically I'd be off it asap!) I think my skin is doing better on it too.

    I got my Mother In Law some and suckered her into giving it a try too :). She's reported that she feels less hungry and is hoping for some weight loss out of the deal. Her hair is fine. She might be thinning a tiny bit, but that's because she's in her 60s and in menopause with no hrt. She still looks good for being in her 60s too! But if I do see a change in her hair I'll report it. She'll probably say something to me anyway because she knows about my "problem". I've been pretty open about it, since I had such a tough time with it and my behavior needed some explanation other than "she's looney"

    Anyhoo... Sorry for nothing more concrete. I would love to hear back from anyone on here who's taken it themselves though!

    I also thought I'd share the thread on another forum that gave me the idea to try this out. Warning it's huuuuuuge 488 pages and counting!
    But the participants are pretty good at listing the good and the bad they are experiencing. Actually most of it isn't really talking about hair, it talks about general health benefits.

    http://www.longhaircareforum.com/forums ... p?t=329287

    I don't think this is some miracle supplement either. I'm just hoping it helps out a bit with my skin and hair, since I'm starting to see the effects of father time now!
     
  19. miche777

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    I just wanted to say THANKS for posting on this supplement, kimm. :)
     
  20. GypsyKate

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    Ya'll are too cute! Yes, I am also a supplement addict. My "regimen" covers about 2/3 of what I actually take!

    Chlorella/Spirulina, been there done that. But, I took it to battle yeast. Once the problem was resolved, I was off. Looks like I'll be dragging those bottles out of the sack....

    Anywho, just went to the store and grabbed some MSM powder. I hate to do this to you knowing your vulnerability to this addiction, but go ahead and google it. Worth a try!
     

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