Chlorella us a single celled water grown micro algae similar to spirulina. It comes in powder form and tablets. It owes it’s rich blue green color to chlorophyll, if you are having trouble getting enough greens in your diet than Chlorella is for you, a great addition to your smoothie or if you are brave drink it on it.s own.
Like Spirulina it is a very nutrient dense superfood, in fact it is ranked in the top 10 of most nutrient dense foods in the world!;
A 1-ounce (3 tbsp) serving of chlorella contains:
- Vitamin A—287% RDA
- Vitamin B2—71% RDA
- Vitamin B3—33% RDA
- Iron—202% RDA
- Magnesium—22% RDA
- Zinc—133% RDA
In addition, chlorella contains a good amount of vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and phosphorus.
6 Health Benefits Of Consuming Chlorella
Adds More Micronutrients Into Your Diet
As mentioned above, chlorella is very nutrient dense and packed full of micro nutrients which is what most of today’s food is lacking thanks to modern agricultural practices.
Rather than taking multivitamin/ mineral supplements that often have a low absorption rate due to having cheap synthetic ingredients you could be adding chlorella to your daily routine by putting it into a blender and making a delicious green smoothie.
Also many multivitamin pills have potentially harmful chemical additives, so if you are supplementing with a high quality organic chlorella then you are getting the nutrients your body needs without toxins that it does not need.
In a double blinded placebo controlled study daily consumption of chlorella was shown to significantly reduce serum lipid risk factors (1) mostly triglycerides and total cholesterol. What this means is it helps reduce the risk of people who are at danger of cardiovascular disease.
Detox Your Body From Heavy Metals
This is probably one of the most popular health benefits, firstly if you eat fish often, have had a vaccine or mercury fillings in your teeth chances are you have mercury in your body, amongst other heavy metals.
What happens when you consume chlorella is it wraps itself around the toxins and stops them from being absorbed, there are studies done on rats showing chlorella preventing heavy metals from being absorbed into vital organs (2,3)
There is a study showing decrease in body fat percentage when supplementing with chlorella (4). There is a number of ways this happens, firstly detoxing your body from heavy metals helps your body to function properly thus aiding in fat burning.
Chlorella also helps regulate hormones which helps your body function properly – high energy levels, proper metabolism and good circulation.
Helps With Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is becoming a common ailment in the western world and this can cause serious health implications if left unchecked.
There is a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, the study concluded that doses of 8,000 mg of chlorella each day (divided into 2 doses), helps lower both cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
Researchers observed both a decline in bad cholesterol levels, and then an improvement in blood glucose.
Fights Off Cancer
Both a healthy functioning immune system and detoxification of heavy metals will help decrease your chances of getting cancer.
Furthermore chlorella helps enhace the effectiveness of T cells. This makes this superfood a great addition in the arsenal of alternative cancer treatments.
What Is The Best Company To Buy Chlorella From?
Some products are contaminated and some contain cheap fillers here is an in depth article showing the cleanest source to purchase your chlorella from.
I recommend you read this before purchasing so you don’t buy something that is mixed with cheap fillers or that is contaminated with heavy metals etc.