Chlorella is a blue-green, freshwater algae with some serious health-boosting mojo.
There’s scientific evidence that, when taken regularly, chlorella:
- Jazzes up energy
- Detoxifies your body of heavy metals
- Helps you lose fat
- Tames unruly hormones
- Supports a healthy heart
- Optimizes your immune system
- Lowers high blood sugar and cholesterol
- Keeps cancer from taking hold
And it counts towards your 5-7 recommended vegetables a day…and then some!
Vegetables vs. Chlorella: How About Eating Both?
What do you get from a capsule of chlorella? Phytonutrients like amino acids, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, potassium, phosphorous, biotin, magnesium, and B complex vitamins.
How does it compare to the nutritional content of greens like spinach, kale, and broccoli? In terms of per gram nutrient power, it’s the clear champ.
Just 3 tablespoons of chlorella delivers 16 grams of protein and…
- Vitamin A—287% RDA
- Iron—202% RDA
- Zinc—133% RDA
- Vitamin B2 —71% RDA
- Vitamin B3—33% RDA
- Magnesium—22% RDA
Made of 3-5% pure chlorophyll, chlorella contains more chlorophyll per gram than any other plant food. Chlorophyll has been scientifically proven to help detoxify the body’s elimination systems, such as the bowels and the liver, thereby helping to purify the blood.
Heavy Metal Detoxifying
We are all vulnerable to heavy metal toxicity. We are at high risk for lead toxicity from lead-containing plumbing, lead-based paints, and foods grown in lead-rich soil. We are at risk for mercury contamination from eating mercury-laden fish and being exposed to mercury vapors from dental fillings. Cadmium lurks in tobacco smoke, cadmium-rich foods like grains, legumes, leafy veggies, and fish and shellfish. We come in contact with cadmium through exposure to household products like electric batteries and solar panels.
Chlorella binds to heavy metals like lead, mercury, and cadmium in the body, keeps them from being reabsorbed, and pushes them through your elimination systems. Animal studies show that when taken consistently, chlorella protects against the buildup of heavy metals in your soft tissues and organs.
Chlorella also exerts a detoxifying effect during radiation and chemotherapy treatments. When taken in high doses, chlorella helps defend against ultraviolet radiation treatments and eliminate radioactive particles from the body. A two-year study from Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College showed that glioma-positive patients suffered fewer respiratory infections and flus when taking chlorella. Researchers explained, “Cellular components and functions of the immune system remain at or near normal levels and are less adversely affected when patients are undergoing chemotherapy and/or taking immunosuppressive medications such as steroids.”
The immune-strengthening effects of chlorella also help restore vibrancy and youthfulness. According to a study published in the journal Clinical Laboratory, chlorella provides a shield against free radical damage and oxidative stress from pollution, poor diet, and stress by increasing levels of vitamins A, C, and glutathione in your body.
A 2012 study published in Nutrition Journal showed that an 8-week protocol of chlorella significantly improved Natural Killer Cell (NK cell) activity. Improving NK and T cell activity helps keep abnormal cells from maturing into cancer cells. Research indicates that when taken preemptively, chlorella can help protect against the development of cancer by strengthening the immune response and destroying cancer before it takes hold.
Weight Loss Promoting & Blood Sugar/Cholesterol Lowering
In the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers report, “Chlorella intake resulted in noticeable reductions in body fat percentage, serum total cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose levels.”
The positive effects on weight, cholesterol, and blood sugar occurred with a 4,000 mg dose of chlorella taken twice a day for 3 months. Researchers believe that chlorella stimulates certain genes involved in insulin sensitivity. Chlorella helps to promote weight loss by enhancing metabolism, regulating hormones, increasing circulation, boosting energy, and detoxifying the body.
Supplementing with Chlorella
Chlorella can be taken in tablet or powder form. Just add a scoop of chlorella powder to your favorite smoothie, blend well, and enjoy!