The Benefits Of Taking Chlorella (What Is Chlorella Good For?)
If you are looking for Super Foods and all the good nutrients you can give to your body you must have come across the word Chlorella before. Chlorella is a micro algae known for being the plant with the highest concentration of chlorophyll on the planet, in addition, of course, to its high nutritional and detoxifying value. So what are the benefits of taking Chlorella and mostly what is Chlorella good for? Let’s have a look at this wonderful plant that earth so kindly is providing us with.
Chlorella the magic plant
Chlorella is a unicellular seaweed with all the necessary nutrients for life, a complete food known for its ability to eliminate toxins and heavy metals
A rich source of protein, the seaweed contains a lot of essential amino acids, as well as being high in antioxidants, chlorophyll, beta-carotene and phytonutrients.
Did you know that even NASA has chosen Chlorella as a basic nutritional element in the diet of astronauts and also to be one of the first foods grown on space stations?
Not to mention that the Japanese consider the plant as the number one food supplement to be taken regularly.
To be honest Chlorella is more than just a simple food. This wonder of nature consists of more than 60% bio available protein with nine essential amino acids needed to build proteins and DNA, which repair damaged tissues and help the immune system to protect us from invading bacteria and viruses.
The growth factor of the plant is a combination of amino acids and it promotes the growth of body cells and stimulates cell repair.
And for those of us that are vegans and the ones that doubt that sometimes Vegans lack of some type of Vitamins, it should be pointed out that Chlorella contains six members of the vitamin B complex (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 12) and also vitamins A, C, E and K. It is very high in antioxidants and excellent for the destruction of free radicals. It contains minerals such as calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, and iodine, folic acid and a high percentage of iron.
Chlorella algae can help you against the flu, colds, fungi such as candida and many other forms of pathogenic invasion and by doing so it helps strengthen our immune system.
If you have bought face creams before you might have found the same ingredient in some of these creams; why? Because the plant has a faster repair power against damaged skin. Chlorella algae contains a hormone that stimulates natural growth and cell regeneration. Some research have even shown that children and young animals fed Chlorella grow faster.
Say goodbye to Toxins
Chlorella has the ability to eliminate toxins from the body, among its incredible properties is its ability to detoxify the liver, intestines and blood, binds to toxins and heavy metals by expelling them from our body.
Why would anyone even doubt if Chlorella is good for you or not? To me when I learned that it could bind itself to metals and help my body get rid of those toxins, it was no brainer I just had to go and get it.
Some of you might still have some mercury fillings from the old days dentists cure, well Chlorella can help you eliminate some of the toxins the body inherit with the mercury and not only that, the mercury found in dental fillings and fish, lead paint or water, cadmium in cigarette smoke and platinum in cars, are just some of the metals that prevent us from enjoying vibrant health . Chlorella binds to heavy metals in the bloodstream and helps get them out of the body.
You can combine cilantro or parsley with Chlorella to enhance detoxification.
Symptoms of toxic heavy metal accumulation in your body are often represented by :
- Upset digestive
- Joint pain
- Reproductive problems
What are the properties of Chlorella?
The miracle plant has more that one property, there are many benefits derived from the intake of the plant; among the main qualities of this wonder you can find that:
- Chlorella is naturally rich in fiber and is known to increase the peristaltic action of the intestines.
- Chlorella is high in protein and other essential nutrients.
- Chlorella algae contains 19 amino acids including the most essential for human life, all major vitamins, except vitamin D, and all major minerals, and enough beta carotene and xanthophyll to be a powerful antioxidant.
- It is rich in easily assimilated iron, thanks to the natural presence of vitamin C and chlorophyll, which help the body to absorb iron; as well as phosphorus, a mineral that helps the body absorb calcium, also present in algae.
- Chlorella is rich in lutein, a natural pigment that protects the eyes from the formation of cataracts.
- It is a source of vitamin B12 for vegetarians
- Contains a good dose of alpha linoleic acid, which is an omega-3 acid.
- Its chlorophyll content is spectacular, up to four times more than spirulina or spinach.
- Chlorophyll is one of the best substances for cleaning the intestine and lymphatic system, liver and blood.
- Green algae are the highest sources of chlorophyll in the plant world and of all the algae studied so far, Chlorella has the highest percentage, often from 3 to 5% of chlorophyll.
- Chlorella algae also helps our natural defence system by strengthening our immune system
I don’t think anyone could have any doubt if they should take Chlorella or not; just listing these reasons for me was good enough, yet I know not everyone will go for it, part is ignorance, part is not caring, part is, sometimes, simply prejudice against something that can be considered good and is good but people might have a difficulty accepting.
Human Nutrition and Chlorella
The Chlorella algae that has been present on our planet for more than two and a half million years has been rediscovered at the beginning of the 20th century, being used by millions of people for more than 40 years. The Japanese schoolchildren, for example, received the milk powder enriched with Chlorella to improve the flavor and the vitamin content. The Japanese have added it to soft drinks, soy products, bread and noodles.
Chlorella is used as an energy booster for athletes, as it stimulates the growth of red blood cells.
To give you a better understanding about Chlorella and how good it is, all you have to see is that 100 grams of Chlorella contains 58 gr of protein against the 24 gr for example of veal , the 13 gr of an eggs or the 24 gr of a chicken.
Does Chlorella have any side effects?
There are no serious contraindications or any known toxicity in relation to the consumption of Chlorella as long as you take it in a normal dosage or as prescribed (depending on the indication and what format you are choosing to take it; Ex: Pills, powder, ect..)
One thing people should be aware of is that if you take Chlorella in a higher dosage you might develop photo sensitivity.
In some people it can produce an increase in uric acid, nausea and upset stomach, it can also cause the formation of gas and flatulence, due to increased intestinal peristalsis.
I have to admit myself, the fist time I took it I didn’t know exactly how much of it was a good dosage for a smoothie and I ended up putting a little too much of it in the glass.
I had no unpleasant effects except that the taste, when you take it by powder it is definitely an acquired taste especially if you take too much of it.
Remember thou, if you develop any symptoms they are only a sign of the process of detoxification of your body, since Chlorella algae is a powerful purifying tool in our body
The most common side effects especially in the first week of use include diarrhea, nausea, gas (flatulence), change of green color of the stool, and cramps in the stomach. In case of having these symptoms interrupt immediately the consumption and as always, I do recommend consult with your doctor any time you decide to introduce a new supplement into your diet.
I love Chlorella and it works perfectly for me, but we are all individuals with different bodies and needs and to have an opinion of a nutritionist or your doctor is always recommended.
The only thing is would say, is try, if you can, to find a doctor that is also educated in nutrition because a lot of times doctor miss out the importance of nutrition of our body and what we put inside our body has a strong effects on our health whether we like to admit it or not.
The appropriate dosage of Chlorella depends on several factors such as age, health, or physical activity of each individual.
Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and doses can be important. Be sure to follow the directions on the product label, and remember consult your doctor or health professional before consuming them.
It is also necessary to bear in mind that some people tolerate better the consumption of Chlorella than others.
You should always start gradually, taking only a small amount of Chlorella at the beginning to see how your body tolerates it.
In a few weeks it is most likely you will begin to notice a general improvement. The reduction of the toxic load in our body will improve; many common ailments, such as lack of energy and insomnia, heavy digestion, and mental fatigue, will get better.
Where to buy Chlorella
There are two main ways to incorporate Chlorella into your diet. You can buy Chlorella powder and you just have to mix it with water or juice, providing vitamins, minerals and amino acids, as well as chlorophyll. Many dietetics and herbalists sell Chlorella powder, and you can also buy it in online stores
Another way to consume it, perhaps easier for some people, is Chlorella algae in tablets or pills. You can also find them in herbalists shop, natural shops or buy it online.
As with any other super food, not all brands are the same and the quality of the product will often come from the country of origin and quality controls. Chlorella from China is not the same as Japan or Korea.
Personally I like to take the Chlorella in a powder for when I am mixing it with smoothies or other beverages; if I have to take it fast and don’t have time for a smoothie then I do prefer the pill format just because the taste (as said before it’s a “special one” kind of like eating a tree) and I rather take a pill than a spoon full of powder directly in my mouth. One of the best supplier as far as quality is concerned of the Chlorella is Ora Organic a company famous for the high standard of their organic plant based products and the one where I actually get a lot of my stuff. I would not recommend it if I didn’t believe it is really good.
So there you have it, if you still have any questions about Chlorella fell free to send me a message otherwise I hope I have helped you understand a little more the goodness of these incredible and unique plant.
Till the next time
May you all have a blessed day