According to its composition, superfoods are low-calorie and nutrient-rich and that is placing them among the most powerful foods in the world as far as nutritional value.
Superfoods are a superior source of antioxidants and essential nutrients that human body needs and can’t produce alone. By regular consumption of superfood the body flushes toxins and maintains good health, reduces body weight and balances the levels of minerals and vitamins in the body.
One of these superfoods is green-blue algae Chlorella who appeared before 2.5 billion years ago. The original name derives from the Greek word “Chloros” meaning green and the latin suffix “ella” meaning small. Chlorella is often called ” algae that cures all problems.” It grows in fresh water, and has up to 10-times more healthy chlorophyll compare to a similar greens such as wheat grass, barley …
This algae is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth and the most powerful source of pure chlorophyll, which is at our disposal. Chlorophyll is in many ways identical to human blood so chlorella is just perfect for our health.
For consumption it is most commonly used chlorella powder which can be take adults, elderly and children over 2 years. The recommended daily intake is 3-4 grams of chlorella powder. For the best effect it is recommended to take it a half hour before meals.
Chlorella Nutritional Information
- vitamins (vitamin A, B complex, vitamin C, E, H (biotin), vitamin M (folic acid))
- minerals (phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, manganese, copper, zinc, selenium, and cobalt)
- chlorophyll a and chlorophyll b, which stimulates regeneration of the body and the immune system.
- proteins (An exceptional source of protein because it is in dehydrated form consisting of 45% protein and is excellent for vegetarians, athletes and people who are prone to gaining weight.)
- amino acids (including essential)
Chlorella Health Benefits
Anemia and blood cleansing
Chlorella binds to heavy metals and toxins that can accumulate in the blood and thus clears the blood flow with a lot of red cells that carry oxygen and this is of great importance for the proper functioning of our body.
Chlorella is a rich source of chlorophyll, which is similar to hemoglobin, a protein that is found in red blood cells.
Hemoglobin carries oxygen and with it runs through our whole body.
The only difference between chlorophyll and hemoglobin is the molecule of magnesium in the center of chlorophyll, because in the middle of the hemoglobin molecule is iron.
Since chlorophyll can help to form red blood cells, some researchers have suggested that chlorophyll should be used for treatment of anemia.
Enzymes are important substance in our body and Chlorella contains chlorophyllase and pepsin that are digestive enzymes and they are important for our body. It is proven that consuming chlorella improves digestion.
For the health our body has to support the pH balance with a value between 7.2 and 7.4 pH. Unfortunately, due to the not-so-healthy lifestyle, stress, poor diet (especially processed and fast foods and soft drinks and sugar), body pH are unbalanced and generally acidic.
The acidic environment leads to many diseases, but there is little chance that the disease will occur in an alkaline environment. Chlorella raises the alkalinity in the body and helps us keep up a neutral pH.
Blood sugar and blood pressure
Studies have shown that Chlorella can help normalize blood sugar in the case of low values (hypoglycemia). Your blood sugar level is extremely important for the proper functioning of the brain, heart and metabolism.
A high blood pressure (the silent killer) is one of the biggest causes of heart attack and stroke. Studies in rats have shown that regular consumption of chlorella reduces high blood pressure and prevents a possibility of attack.
Strengthens the immune system and helps with weight loss
Because of its nutritional composition, Chlorella is a good choice for people who want to take off the extra pounds – due to high content of protein and fiber it creates a long-lasting feeling of being full after you have eaten a small amount of food and reduces digestion and metabolism.
Chlorella can increase the number of “good” bacteria in the intestine to enhance digestion and used to treat ulcers, colitis (inflammatory bowel disease), Crohn’s disease and diverticulitis.
Chlorella helps to efficiently remove toxins – detoxification effect
Chlorella is the best choice for cleaning the body of heavy metals and toxins. Chlorella is used to cleanse the body of accumulated mercury.
Chlorella contains phytonutrients which in turn attract toxins and heavy metals and removes them from the body.
A study conducted at the University in Russia showed that Chlorella, except that removes toxins from the body also reduces tissue damage occurred after the heavy metal poisoning.
Presence of heavy metals is associated with a larger number of diseases. A study in Japan showed that all cancer cells contain mercury, which is also heavy metal. In addition, studies have confirmed that the heavy metals in the body are associated with development of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Chlorella in our bowel act as a cleaner, it is also as a protector of the liver and helps to maintain a clean bloodstream. Clean bloodstream is responsible for the efficient removal of metabolic waste from your tissues.
Benefits of Chlorella:
- removes toxins from the body
- eliminates the effects of harmful radiation
- balances the hormones work
- promotes tissue regeneration
- promotes weight loss
- relieves symptoms of PMS and menopause
- heals sores
- regulates the functioning of the digestive system
- improves blood count
- strengthens the immune system
- removes bad breath
- balancing the blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar
- preventing cardiovascular disease
- reduces asthma attacks and allergic reactions
- helps with chronic fatigue
- protects the brain and nervous system
No matter how you feel physically, Chlorella is an excellent dietary supplement that can help you maintain a healthy body condition!
Researches and references
Wolf, L. Bioregeneration with maltose excreting Chlorella: system concept, technological development, and experiments. Adv.Space Biol.Med. 1997;6:255-274
Randall E. Merchant, Ph.D., and Cynthia A. Andre, MSc., “A Review of Recent Clinical Trials of the Nutritional Supplement Chlorella pyrenoidosa in the Treatment of Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, and Ulcerative Colitis”, May/June 2001, Vol. 7., No. 3, pgs. 79-91.