Similar to spirulina, chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water. This whole plant is also a superfood and nutrition powerhouse; providing 5-7 recommended servings of vegetables when you consume organic, low-temperature-extracted chlorella supplements.
Native to Taiwan and Japan, chlorella is a good source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals such as- potassium, phosphorus, biotin, magnesium and the B-complex. It is alsorich in phytonutrients, including amino acids and beta-carotene.
However, the cell wall of chlorella must be broken down before people can digest it.
Being incredibly nutrient dense, this wonder plant provides
in 1-ounce (3 tbsp) serving:
- Vitamin A—287% RDA
- Vitamin B2—71% RDA
- Vitamin B3—33% RDA
- Iron—202% RDA
- Zinc—133% RDA
Helps Remove Toxins
This superfood algae proves to be proactive in detoxing heavy metals and toxins that you may have in your body. How this works is that it wraps itself around even stubborn toxins residing in our bodies, such as lead, cadmium, mercury and uranium, and keeps them from being reabsorbed.
Known to Fight Cancer
Chlorella is also known to help prevent cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects and increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer). Based on studies, chlorella enhances the action of T cells helping to fight new abnormal cells.
Supports Your Immune System
A study performed at the University of Yonsei in Seoul, studying the immune systems of healthy individuals in response to chlorella supplements showed that chlorella supports a healthy immune system response and helps “natural killer” cell activity.
Helps with Weight and Fat Loss
Chlorella has also successfully shown reductions in body fat percentage, total cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose levels.
It is beneficial in helping to regulate hormones, improving metabolism, blood circulation, and boosting energy. It also helps to reduce weight and body fat.
Makes you Look Younger
Consuming chlorella has shown to greatly reduce oxidative stress that can be caused from pollution, stress and a poor diet; which is also gives you younger looking skin. This is because chlorella naturally increases levels of vitamin A, vitamin C and glutathione in your body and protects your cells.
Some of the most common side effects of consuming chlorella include diarrhea, nausea, gas (flatulence), green discoloration of the stools, and stomach cramping. This is most likely to happen especially when you first introduce it into your diet.
Chlorella has known to have caused serious allergic reactions, including asthma and reactions in people sensitive to iodine.
Lastly, chlorella can cause your skin to become sensitive to the sun. Make sure to protect your skin before heading out in the sun. Do seek advice from your doctor or nutritionist before taking it, as a precaution.