Are you looking for an all-natural supplement that boosts your energy, helps burn fat and has a detoxifying effect against heavy metals such as lead and mercury? If so, a freshwater alga called chlorella may be just what you need.
Chlorella, like spirulina, is a super food and one of the foods of the future. In fact, the two are very similar and are often taken together to complement their useful qualities. Chlorella has lived on our planet for at least about two million years, but only in recent decades has it been the subject of more in-depth research into its beneficial properties and nutritional qualities. Chlorella is the most chlorophyll-rich food on the planet. Let’s see which are its strongest points.
Detoxification is a very good thing, but often too difficult to follow. Especially when you have to follow a diet restriction regime. With chlorella, this can happen easily and invisibly. It has a hard cell wall that makes it extremely effective in detoxification, binding the various toxins in it and helping the body eliminate them.
High levels of heavy metals, especially mercury, are becoming an increasingly common problem. It is no secret that the fish we eat can contain large amounts of mercury, which can cause a number of serious health problems. Therefore, if you are a seafood lover or follow a diet rich in such it is a good idea to include chlorella in your daily dose of superfoods. Chlorella binds to heavy metals and removes them safely from the body.
In addition, chlorella has been shown to help reduce the amount of other harmful chemicals that are sometimes found in foods. One of them is dioxin, a hormone destroyer.
High nutritional value and antioxidants
Chlorella is 50-60% protein. Moreover, it is a complete source of protein, which means that it contains all nine essential amino acids. This makes it an extremely complete food. Chlorella can be a good source of iron. Depending on the supplement, it can provide 6 to 40% of daily needs. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps you absorb iron.
The high presence of chlorophyll and beta-carotene and others in these small green cells provide a wide range of antioxidants. This makes it extremely strong against chronic inflammation.
Chlorella provides small amounts of magnesium, zinc, copper, potassium, calcium, folic acid and other B vitamins. As with other algae, chlorella contains some omega-3s. Just 3 grams of chlorella delivers 100 mg of omega-3. Some varieties of chlorella may also contain vitamin B12, but more research is needed to determine. The exact nutrient content of Chlorella depends on the growing conditions, the species used and the way the additives are processed.
Immune System Support
The antioxidants and other nutrients in chlorella have shown anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-tumor properties. In clinical studies, chlorella increased white blood cell levels, which can stimulate your immune system and help fight infection.
Studies show that the nutrients in chlorella help lower bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides, both of which can cause build-up in your arteries and strain on the heart.
Chlorella’s anti-inflammatory effects may help manage respiratory conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Studies show it reduces symptoms including coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath.
Another positive of chlorella consumption is its growth factor (CGF). Chlorella is the fastest growing crop known to mankind. If it finds suitable conditions, it can quadruple its size over a period of 24 hours. This quality makes it extremely valuable food for athletes and other active sports people, as it accelerates the process of tissue regeneration.
Because chlorella may stimulate the immune system, it can reduce the effectiveness of immunosuppressant medications. Due to its high vitamin K content, a nutrient that promotes healthy blood clotting, chlorella can also interact with blood thinners.
Both algae are extremely rich in useful ingredients, complete proteins, antioxidants and have a strong anti-inflammatory effect. Many people take them in combination to combine their beneficial effects. Another option is to alternate them so that you do not eat the same superfood constantly. Whatever you choose, the benefits to your health and well-being are obvious.