7 Special Chlorella Benefits That Make Eating Algae Palatable

What is Chlorella?

Chlorella is a green, single cell, freshwater algae that's hugely composed of chlorophyll pigments.

They are incredibly busy micro-organisms, with the capacity to reproduce at a rate of 4 times in 12 hours.

Damn.

what is chlorella?

Its reproductive prowess makes chlorella a very sustainable food source that also offers a range of important nutrients, including protein, vitamins (including B-complex vitamins), minerals (especially iron), amino and and nucleic acids.

And it comes with a number of health perks...​

7 Chlorella Benefits 

Before we get into the many benefits of chlorophyll, I just want to remind you that 'though chlorella and spirulina are often confused since they're both beneficial algae - they do have different structures and health benefits.

You can read all about the unique benefits of spirulina here as well as an in-depth article that goes into the chlorella vs spirulina debate. Okay, back to chlorella benefits...​​

1. Chlorella's Chockfull of Cleansing Chlorophylll​

Chlorophyll is the highest known source of chlorophyll, which makes up around 3 to 5% of the biomass of chlorella.

This plant pigment is rich in antioxidants that help fight inflammation and neutralize free radicals, aids in the processing of oxygen, has anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and wound-healing properties, boosts the key elimination systems of your body, and even promotes the growth and repaid of tissues.

How's that for multi-tasking?​

2. Chlorella is a Potent Detox Aid

health benefits of chlorella

Chlorella biggest claim to fame is that it is a powerful detoxification aid, binding to heavy metals like cadmium, uranium, mercury, and even radioactive materials to remove them from your body.

While most of us (hopefully) haven't been exposed to much radioactivity, chlorella provides an excellent way to detox from mercury.

And mercury is something many of us have been exposed to through dental fillings, certain kinds of cookware, and through fish.

What's even cooler is that chlorella not only removes toxins but simultaneously strengthens the immune system response to subsequent toxin exposure. This is one of chlorella's biggest advantages over spirulina, since spirulina lacks a cell membrane and is thus unable to remove heavy metals like chlorella can.​

3. Chlorella Protects Your Arteries 

Two studies - one published in "Life Science" and the other in the "Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition" - found that chlorella has the ability to decrease arterial stiffness and prevent dyslipidemi (high levels of fat or cholesterol in the blood).​

And healthy arteries are key to overall health and vitality.

Simply put, healthy arteries protects you from unwanted conditions like heart attack, stroke, memory loss, vascular disease and even impotence. Extra perks? Healthy arteries play a crucial role in keeping your orgasms great and your skin youthful. 

4. Chlorella is Great for Your Gut

Chlorella stimulates the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract.

Apart from optimizing the overall function of the stomach, intestines and colon in breaking down food particles and collecting nutrients from them, these good bacteria also promote overall bowel health.

In addition, chlorella's cell walls act to absorb toxic compounds within the intestines, helping to maintain proper gastrointestinal pH, keep you regular, and protect against digestive-tract-related illnesses like diverticulosis, Crohn's disease, colitis and ulcers.​

5. Chlorella is Rich in Nucleic Acids

benefits of chlorella

Chlorella is extremely rich in RNA and DNA nucleic acids, which help protect our cells, boost energy levels and actively delay our body's aging process.

Chlorophyll is also extremely high in alpha, beta, and gamma Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptors (PPARs), which aid in strengthening the immune system and regulating our metabolism.

even helping to regulate the release of insulin in our bodies and promote the metabolism of glucose in the bloodstream.​

6. Chlorella is a Good Source of Magnesium

Chlorella's rich chlorophyll content also means that it provides very high levels of magnesium, which is involved in around 300 essential metabolic reactions in your body.​

7. Chlorella is Bountiful in Natural Carotenoids

health benefits of chlorella

Chlorella is a rich source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce the harmful effects of free radicals and prevent cellular oxidation in the body.

It's also beneficial for everything from eye and skin health to proper function of the reproductive system and cancer prevention.

Chlorella is touted as one of the best, natural anti-cancer foods available since it doesn't just minimize cellular oxidation, but also nourishes the immune system and detoxifies at the same time.​

​Where to Buy Chlorella

*** Note: When you're starting with chlorella - please, please start small. This stuff can be potent and you can feel a little sick to your stomach in the beginning so start with less than the recommended dose and slowly move up from there.

where to buy organic chlorella

For pure chlorella, my favorite brand so far is NOW Foods' Broken Cell Wall, Organic Chlorella.

It's a great product at a great price - $30 for a 1 lb. jar - and their chlorella is sourced from Taiwan (Taiwan and Korea are the safest sources at this time). I've been using this particular product for awhile now and it's always great, consistent quality.

chlorella and spirulina tablets

Chlorella and spirulina share a range of similar benefits - immune boost, gut health, cell protection - but each also has its own set of distinctive, precious health perks that are heard to overlook.

Easy solution? Take both. Sunlit's 50/50 Chlorella and Spirulina tablets are the best choice - 100% pure, raw, and organic.

About the Author Jessica

After growing up a perpetually pudgy kid, Jessica discovered real food - and her waistline shortly afterward. When she's not crafting concoctions in the kitchen, she spends her free time writing about food, making her own deodorant, watching sci-fi, doing headstands, and looking for gluten free food that doesn't suck.

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