Could green algae be an alternative for period pain?

You may not have heard of ‘dysmenorrhea’ before but, if you’re a woman, the chances are you have experienced it

There are two types of dysmenorrhea, which is the scientific name for period pain:

  • Primary dysmenorrhea, which is common menstrual cramps that are recurrent and are not due to other diseases
  • Secondary dysmenorrhea, which is pain that’s caused by a medical condition or disorder and can be more serious.

It’s been reported that up to 90% of women suffer with period pain at some point in their lives but a new study suggests an unusual natural remedy could significantly reduce pain and improve symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea.

Chlorella is a type of fresh water algae that can be harvested and dried to create a powder or tablet supplement.

It’s become popular over the last few years amongst the health conscious who take it for various purported benefits, but the new study is one of the first to show it may be beneficial for period pain.

In the study, 44 girls who suffered with primary dysmenorrhea, were split into two groups. One group took chlorella tablets (1500mg a day) for eight weeks and the other group were given placebo tablets, in a randomised double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial.

At the end of the two-month period, those in the chlorella group were found to have significantly reduced severity and duration of dysmenorrhea pain compared to the control group.

Other symptoms of dysmenorrhea, such as fatigue, headache, nausea, vomiting, lack of energy, were also seen to decrease in the chlorella group.

The scientists behind the study looked at how chlorella might be having these effects and discovered that in those taking the chlorella tablets certain types of prostaglandins (natural chemicals similar to hormones, certain prostaglandin increases and inbalances have been linked to causing primary dysmenorrhea) were reduced, as were markers of inflammation and oxidative stress (potential causes of some of the symptoms of primary dysmenorrhea).

Some of the most efficient chlorella products on the market come from Sun Chlorella, whose new DYNO®-Mill technology breaks down the cell walls of the algae (without the use of heat or chemicals which can reduce the quality of the chlorella) to ensure when you use either their granules or tablets you’re getting the most nutrients possible.

The powder can easily be added to smoothies or protein shakes, while the tablets offer a convenient alternative.

The supplement is available directly from Sun Chlorella or health stores nationwide.

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