Chlorella is single-celled freshwater green alga that contain photosynthetic pigment-chlorophyll. These algae can reproduce four times a day through process called photosynthesis and from biology we know that this process is very quick and requires only: sunlight,carbon dioxide, water and some minerals.
Chlorella is very popular food source because it’s reach in many nutrients and next we’ll show you why is called “super food”!
Proteins are 45% from chlorella in powder,20% are fats, 20% carbohydrates,10% minerals and vitamins and 5% fibers. Contains also 18 amino acids, including all essential amino acids, B- vitamins, vitamin C,vitamin E,vitamin K,beta carotene, magnesium,iron, folic acid and potassium.
Chlorella contains also a unique phytonutrient known as sporopollenin, which has the ability to bind and eliminate toxins from your body and it’s more efficient from any other natural substance. Has the power to clean your body from biotoxins like tetanus and tuberculosis, eliminates heavy metals like mercury,lead, nickel and aluminum as well as all food preservatives and artificial flavorings. Some clinical research shows that chlorella can lower the high blood pressure and cholesterol, can speed up wound healing and improve your immune system.
This incredible alga is high in chlorophyll, lycopene and lutein, a powerful antioxidants that helps body to fight different chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD.
Chlorella is also used for cancer prevention, to reduce the side effects of radiation therapy,to improve the body reaction on flu vaccines,to increase the white blood cells especially on people with cancer or HIV-infection,for prevention of cold,contributes in production of collagen and that’s why is used to slow down the aging process. It’s efficient in growth of good bacteria in the intestines and therefore is used to boost digestion and to cure gastritis or stomach ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis and fibromyalgia.
As a great source of magnesium chlorella protects your brain to,increases memory and learning capacity, facilitates PMS syndrome, purifies the blood and helps body to use oxygen more efficiently.
Chlorella can be found in powder, tablets or capsules. It can be consumed everyday but not for a long time ( up to 2 months),after is recommended to pause for a couple of weeks.
Side effects of this super food can be: diarrhea, nausea, cramps,green discoloration of feces, but these symptoms can be also a result of body detox.
People with autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis should avoid using chlorella because it can underline their symptoms. Those who are sensitive to iodine or molds should also avoid this alga because it may cause an allergic reaction.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women are not adviced to take supplements of chlorella because there is not enough information about it’s safety during that period.
Like all other superfoods, it’s adviced to start taking chlorella in small amounts and slowly to increase the dosage up to 8 grams per day. Always follow the instructions of the producer, no matter what type of chlorella you take, just follow the reaction of your body and that will tell you whether you can increase the dosage or not!
Enjoy the healthy benefits of this amazing alga but remember,every food can heal if you know how to use it!