You may have heard of chlorella before—often used in smoothies and known to have major health benefits—but do you know what it actually is and what it can do for your body?
Chlorella is the latest superfood, an all-natural supplement that's native to Japan and Taiwan. It's an algae (similar to spirulina), and it boasts a number of benefits: boosting cardiovascular health, counter the negative effects of radiation, promoting normal hormonal function, lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
It is rich in vitamin B, magnesium, amino acids, beta carotene, potassium, phosphorus, and perhaps its most important component, chlorophyll, which gives chlorella a deep green hue.
We've gone over the many benefits of including chlorophyll into one's diet, so here's a quick recap.
Chlorophyll's main nutrient is magnesium and has the ability to strengthen cells, cleanse the body and maintain functioning of circulatory and intestinal systems, and more.
Now, back to chlorella. Just one ounce of chlorella has 16 grams of protein, and is one of the most nutrient-dense foods. Per gram, it has more nutrients than greens such as spinach, kale, and new health world darling, broccoli. Yes, chlorella is even healthier than broccoli, which has cancer-fighting properties.
Chlorella's detoxifying properties is one of the biggest reasons as to why people have turned to the health food. Heavy metals, which you may carry in your body through vaccinations, fish, radiation exposure, or tooth fillings, can do damage to our bodies. But chlorella will wrap itself around such toxins, keeping them from being reabsorbed.
Studies have also shown that chlorella can boost one's immune system, promote weight loss, regulate hormones (which can benefit one's metabolism), and increase energy levels.
Chlorella also reduces oxidative stress that's most often caused by poor diets, stress, and pollution, the three of which can speed up the ageing process. High levels of vitamin A and C is also good for our skin. It also helps lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
Chlorella most commonly comes in pill and powder form. One tip: be sure to purchase cracked cell wall chlorella, as its exterior cellular walls are actually tough for humans to digest. Ironically, researchers believe that it's these walls that help to remove toxins from the human body.
Of course, different people appear to react to chlorella differently. Some side effects have been reported, including indigestion, fatigue, vertigo, and lethargy.
The easiest way to introduce chlorella into your diet? Through a smoothie! Try this smoothie recipe out featuring chlorella, courtesy of Vega.
Supercharged Blueberry Chlorella Smoothie
½ cup frozen blueberries
½ of a banana
1 tsp powdered chlorella
1 cup cold water
2 or 3 ice cubes (optional)
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy!
Have you tried chlorella before? How do you like to consume it? Let us know in the comments section!