Chlorella, Vitamin K and Coumadin – Don’t do what is healthy so you won’t be sick anymore


Bob McCauley, CNC, MH

One of the most common questions we are asked about Chlorella is whether it has vitamin K.  For the record, Chlorella does have vitamin K in it, as do all green plants to some degree.  Vitamin K is found in a plethora of foods.  Chlorella has a lot of vitamin K, 46mg per 1 gram.  The body requires vitamin K for a number of reasons.  It is an antagonist for arterial calcification in humans.   A ten-year study documented that people who consumed the most vitamin K2 have a 50% reduced risk of arterial calcification. They also exhibited a 50% reduction for being at risk for cardiovascular events during the 10 year period of the study.  In 2009, a 16,000-person study demonstrated that high consumption of vitamin K2, not K1, protected from cardiovascular disease.   Vitamin K also helps with calcium assimilation and retention in the bones and throughout the body.  It helps prevent joint inflammation and is essential for the production of skin cells.

The main function of vitamin K is that is allows the blood to coagulate so we do not bleed to death when we get cut.  Newborn babies are given a shot of vitamin K when they are born for this reason, although I believe them to be unnecessary if my health protocol would be followed for the mother through pregnancy.   And it is for this reason that people are prescribed the drug Coumadin, which is said to prevent strokes, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis, blood clots to the lungs, and other circulatory disorders.  Doctors prescribe Coumadin to shift the balance away from clot formation in the body and toward increased circulation.  It is a blood thinner that causes an imbalance in the body, as do all medications which is why they all have side effects. The normal functions of the body and the way it handles vitamin K becomes a major issue because Coumadin causes imbalances.  Under normal circumstances, the body handles vitamin K quite well.  However, once an artificial substance such as Coumadin is introduced, one of the most important nutrients required by the body must be avoided, that of chlorophyll, the life-blood of plants.  Avoiding foods with Vitamin K means avoiding foods with chlorophyll, which is insanity.

Coumadin thins the blood and guards against blood clots that can lead to a stroke.  Since Coumadin does what it is designed to do, it is blindly accepted by the medical community as well as anyone who believes in medicine and the drugs that doctors push on us.   We are force fed the notion we should take drugs and that medicine is the only answer, which in fact is the exact opposite of the desired outcome.  Drugs create imbalances in the body that in turn no longer allow us to consume other foods that may interfere with it, even those such as Chlorella that encourage sugar level stability and blood consistency.   Hypertension, or thin blood, is the most common of all diseases.  All drugs interfere with the body’s natural processes and Coumadin is a glaring example of it.  Dr. Bernard Jensen, the Father of Nutrition, warned against taking Coumadin in the 1970’s when it was first marketed.

I personally know almost nothing about medicine and medications so I cannot make a recommendation to you about whether you should take medicine that has been proscribed to you by a doctor.  That is your decision.  However, what I do understand is health, which has nothing to do with medicine.  And I can say without any doubt that I would never put anything in my body that would stop me from consuming foods whose nutrients are required by the body if we expect to be healthy, such as those with chlorophyll.  This of course would include the most powerful food on earth, Chlorella.  Chlorella gets its name for being the food with the highest concentration of chlorophyll, our most important nutrient.  Caution to those who would take anything that would deny the body that key nutrient.

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About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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12 Responses to Chlorella, Vitamin K and Coumadin – Don’t do what is healthy so you won’t be sick anymore

  1. RC Edelmann says:

    As a patient currently taking Coumadin, I read this commentary and feel there is a misconception being promoted. I initially found this when I searched for “chlorella”, as I suspected it was high in Vitamin K. Your blog post states that you “…would never take anything that stopped you from consuming foods whose nutrients…”. When I began this drug protocol, which is preventing a life-threatening condition, many people voiced the same opinion to me. What they did not realize is that I do not have to “stop” consuming Vitamin K rich foods. I must modulate my intake to a consistent level so that Coumadin can maintain the proper INR level. This is very different that the elimination of certain foods. Consistency is what I must strive for. The Coumadin is then adjusted to the dietary intake. I would rather not be taking the drug…but it cannot be denied that it has provided life-saving benefits that currently are not available to me in any other way. I appreciate the info you provided on the benefits of Chlorella, but feel your position on Coumadin is somewhat misguided.

  2. Rupal Panchal says:

    Can chlorella can be used safely by Hemophilia patient , I think yes
    A diet with wheat grass+ chlorella

    with Asparagus and brocolli Soup

    will be ideal for hemophilics

    I am one , today is world hemophilia day

    wanted to know what you think


  3. Josie Hurst says:

    I met a lady that was taking coumadin and said she could not take chlorella because to the vitamin K in it.I agree with you ..Thanks a million Josie

  4. ruth says:

    just started a coumidan and still eat green leafy vegetables. in fact was encouraged to eat them and then my medication would be titrated to account for it.

  5. Josie Hurst says:

    i did not realize this is
    Bob Blog hope you read this Darolyn .Josie

  6. Paul Pompeii says:

    First of all, great post on the benefits of chlorella, which along with the other superfood green algaes is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! The fact that its
    at the bottom of the food chain (single celled life) is why the nutrients are so easy to absorb too! Chlorophyll is almost exactly like human blood, therefore a great blood builder and very cleansing to our systems!
    Now this debate about the use of drugs like coumadin, if you do enough research in alternative health you will find that all drugs only cover up symptoms of illness & disease, and they actually prevent the body from healing by creating more imbalances!!! The word “Pharmacolgy”, the science of drugs, has its latin origins
    pertaining to witchcraft and sorcery, because of how these “synthetic” compounds create the illusion of health, even though the underlying cause of the illness is not changed!
    Now if one feels they are vulnerable to blood clotting that could lead to a stroke, its important to take in antioxidants and raising the ph of the body! Acidity and free-radicals is what causes the abnormal thickening of the blood! Vitamin K allows for the adequate use of the alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium!
    One horrible side effect of blood thinning drugs like coumadin, and even aspirin, are the dangers if excessive internal bleeding during accidents when bodily trauma is high!
    Chlorella is a great example of a superfood that one could take for healthy blood and circulation as an aternative to drugs!!!

  7. Paul Pompeii says:

    Please go to http://www.naturalhealth-healing for more great free health info! thanks!

  8. peter on says:

    I am taking aspirin 100mg and plavix of 75mg
    please advise is it ok for me take my chlorella as usual .
    I am take 5 pills of 200mg each

    Please advise


  9. Marguerite says:

    My aunt has bad circulation under dr care they have removed 2 toes due to gangrene setting in the toes would heal if the circulation could be improved doesn’t take blood thinners however we must watch out for blood clotting strokes etc.. Please help if can thank you

  10. Marguerite says:

    Another one of my family members has flabiltis takes aspirin per day should she take chlorophyl would it help her more on a natural body intake or what can she take also how good is wheatgrass for both?

  11. Cici says:

    I am a bit confused and would love some clarification. I am a bit nervous right now so I am not absorbing information as fluidly as usual 🙂

    Long story very short, I abandoned the use of pharmaceuticals years ago and adopted a naturopathic regimen. Worked wonders. However, I have permanent damage from Lupron use (and other gems) taken because of a high sensory processing issue with my brain.

    I began taking Turmeric, Chlorella, Vitamin C with BFs, a B50, Fish Oil, Calcium/Magnesium, and the occasional Lithium Orotate (when sounds become a burden to me) about 2 years ago. I feel more human now than I ever felt on anti convulsants and the Lupron did more damage than good (should be taken off the market for Endo, Prostate and Autism IMMEDIATELY).

    The hyperactivity, hair loss, excess testosterone (which is very bad for a high sensory processor) and muscle tension (from the stimulating affects) caused me to stop everything but the fish oil and b-50. The evening I stopped I experienced the worst cramp-link pain in my calf (and behind my knee) ever. There is some bruising and warmth to the touch, but overall pain. I have called my regular doctor and am awaiting to hear from him.

    QUESTION: Should I take Chlorella if I have blood clots (or possibly DVT from stupid birth control pills)?

    I just took a Turmeric pill and am placing some healing stones on the area just to get stuff movin’.


    Chlorella? Vitamin K? What should I do.

    I am scared and annoyed at how I allowed myself to ever go down the pharmaceutical route for this.

  12. Ellen says:

    Just got out of hospital for bilateral pulmonary emboli, pulmonary infarct, pleurisy. This began on the 8th of May which followed a fall at work on April 20, with ensuing down time, lots of pain, etc. Am on coumadin, do not want this but will do it for a period of time until I am able to stop the madness. NO drug is safe. I know this. However, my choices at present are the damned drug until I get something else in place that makes a great deal more sense.

    I do understand that those on this drug are not told to avoid foods with vitamin K but to keep it consistent. I am wondering if the other benefits of those foods are still intact.

    Good article; thanks for posting.

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