Below we take an in-depth look into Nature’s Balance Chlorella, to see if this particular product is sold in a clear and consumer-friendly way.
Nature’s Balance Chlorella is a simple and straightforward product, offering a dose of 100% chlorella extract per capsule. Chlorella is a versatile ingredient that has been associated with a range of health benefits, some backed by scientific evidence and others not. Its most likely beneficial effects include lowering blood pressure and slightly improving the body’s immune system, making it a popular supplement and food additive (particularly in Japan).
This chlorella product is manufactured by Nature’s Balance, a small company that has been operating since 1992. When visiting the website, it’s apparent that Nature’s Balance takes particular pride in the ‘Chlorella’ line of products, making it seem like the primary product upon which the rest of their products were built.
The side effects of taking chlorella could include headaches, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhoea, fatigue, bloating or gas. Nature’s Balance is incidentally upfront about the possibility of many of these side effects on their website, although they somewhat erroneously attribute these side effects to the natural ‘detoxifying’ process.
More serious allergic reactions can also take place when taking chlorella and could cause breathing problems or even anaphylaxis. Speak to your doctor immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.
On the manufacturer’s website, one bottle of Nature’s Balance Chlorella (180 capsules) costs $28.35, 3 bottles costs $72.60 and 6 bottles costs $129. A tub of chlorophyll powder weighing 1 lb will cost $117.70. Shipping is quite expensive on all orders, ranging from around $10-$12 depending on the size of your order and your location in the USA.
Whilst this product may seem to be a good price, as there are 180 capsules in each bottle, the incredibly high daily recommended dose of 9 capsules means that a single bottle will last for just 20 days of use.
The prices commanded for Nature’s Balance Chlorella are actually even higher from other retailers (including Amazon), making this a rather pricy product across the board.
Many bold claims are made about chlorella and only a few of these have any evidence to back them up. Scientific studies have shown that it can indeed lower blood pressure and raise one’s immunity (albeit only slightly). Most other claims (made by Nature’s Balance and others) that suggest that chlorella can raise energy levels, improve complexion and improve the digestive system, are generally thought to be false.
Oddly enough, the evidence gleaned from the customer reviews suggests that many people are drawn to chlorella due to its supposed ability to cleanse the body of heavy metals or chemicals. There is some evidence that it can detoxify the body of certain heavy metals; one study showed that it could increase the rate at which animals urinate out metals like cadmium from their system. We wouldn’t like to comment as to the importance of this effect, other than to note that this benefit of chlorella is hardly ever mentioned outside of alternative medicine circles. It’s entirely possible that most human bodies don’t have many heavy metals or chemicals to begin with.
As a company, Nature’s Balance does not score particularly highly. They offer no money back guarantee, they sell a simple product for a high price with high shipping costs, and they run a website which we found quite hard to navigate. In view of the high volumes of chlorella that need to be taken to see any noticeable effect, the manufacturer also recommends taking an extraordinary nine capsules a day, which would test the patience of even the most committed of consumers. Finally, what little we saw of the company’s customer service on internet forums left much to be desired.
For these reasons, we do not recommend Nature’s Balance Chlorella to our readers!
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Chlorella is a type of naturally occurring green algae/seaweed that is often taken as a supplement due to its supposed health benefits. This particular product (simply labelled ‘Chlorella’) is simple in both name and form, containing a dose of 100% chlorella in softgel or powder form.
The product is manufactured by Nature’s Balance, which has been in operation since 1992. Despite its many years in the business, the company still appears to be a rather small operation; its products are not particularly widely available and the company’s website design seems rather stuck in the past. Nature’s Balance can be reached by mail, email, phone and fax via their contact page on their official website.
Begin with one gram (3 capsules) per day and increase by 1 capsule per day up to the recommended regular usage of 3 grams (9 capsules) per day. These may be taken all at one time, or spread through the day with meals.
The advertising copy on the Nature’s Balance website goes into great detail about the background and supposed benefits of chlorella. It highlights the fact that chlorella is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and talks about its reported ability to ‘detoxify’ the body of heavy metals and chemical toxins. To its credit, the company supplements this information with a large number of cited articles (although many of these are outdated or not particularly reputable).
The following section is a direct quote from the website:
Disease usually occurs in a body “out of balance”. Your body has a remarkable capacity for self-healing; if it has adequate amounts of essential nutrients. Chlorella helps you to achieve and maintain this balance by restoring many nutrients missing from today’s refined, processed foods.
Beyond the documented therapeutic effects, most users report increased energy levels, improved mental clarity, a clearer complexion, an overwhelming sense of “well-being” and a remarkable freedom from stress-induced tensions or anxiety.
Chlorella has been clearly and definitely linked with a handful of effects in the scientific literature. It can reportedly improve the body’s immune system, lower the user’s blood pressure, and can increase the number of antioxidant enzymes in the body. Each of these effects has only ever been found to be minor.
Almost every other claim made by Nature’s Balance is false or unsupported by the evidence, including its claims that chlorella can be a stress reducer, energy booster, mental booster, or a means of improving one’s complexion. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it remains impossible to verify the amusingly vague claim that chlorella improve the user’s ‘sense of well-being’.
As its name suggests, ‘Chlorella’ contains just one active ingredient, listed as 100% Pure Premium Grade Chlorella Pyrenoidosa. The ingredient quantity listed below is for 3 capsules of chlorella (remember that the manufacturer recommends that customer work themselves up to 9 a day in total).
Nature’s Balance is open and upfront about the possible side effects of chlorella on the website, highlighting the fact that the supplement may cause headaches, stomach cramps and nausea for the first 10 days or so. The company insists that these effects are a part of the ‘detoxification’ process and will subside over time, although consumers should be aware that some studies indicate that chlorella should only be taken for a short time (2 months or less).
Other side effects could include diarrhoea, fatigue, bloating and gas. More serious allergic reactions are also not out of the question, and could cause breathing problems or even anaphylaxis. Speak to your doctor immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.
Not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Not suitable for anyone under the age of 18. Consult with a physician before purchase if you have a serious medical condition or use any medications, whether prescription or over the counter. A doctor’s advice should be sought before using this and any supplemental dietary product.
There aren’t too many reviews available for Nature’s Balance Chlorella, but those that have been left are generally positive about the product and its effects.
I have found this product to be one of the best chlorella products. I have been using it for years with great result. When I was having my mercury dental fillings removed I took a boosted couple of doses of it to make sure I was free of the mercury that may have got into my system?–?great product.
I have taken other chlorella before but this one works great. Had a lot of problems with metals in my system and this was gentle but did the job.
Something is wrong with this chlorella, I have taken other brands for years and this one makes me sick not sure why but I do live for chlorella best thing ever but this one sucks.
On their website, Nature’s Balance makes no mention of their returns policy and makes no explicit offer of a money back guarantee.
Whilst speaking with customers on other internet forums, a returns policy of sorts was articulated by a company rep. According to this unofficial source, customers of Nature’s Balance can return unopened bottles within 60 days of purchase. Opened bottles and unopened boxes are not accepted or refunded by the company.
Nature’s Balance Chlorella is available to purchase from the manufacturer’s website, from Amazon, and from a number of other retailers specialising in alternative medicine and health.
On the manufacturer’s website, one bottle of 180 capsules costs $28.35, 3 bottles costs $72.60 and 6 bottles costs $129. A tub of chlorophyll powder weighing 1 lb will cost $117.70. Shipping is pricey on all orders, ranging from around $10-$12 depending on the size of your order and your location in the USA.
The prices commanded for Nature’s Balance Chlorella are actually even higher from other retailers, making this a rather pricy product wherever you find it.
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