Ever heard of Chlorella?
Chlorella is commonly referred to as a superfood or the perfect food, it packs an incredibly comprehensive nutrient profile and could be considered the healthiest superfood on the planet.
Native to Taiwan and Japan, this superfood is rich with phytonutrients, including amino acids, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, potassium, phosphorous, biotin, magnesium and the B-complex vitamins.
Chlorella is a blue-green algae like its cousin spirulina, and we will compare the nutrients of these superfoods later in the article.
Chlorella is one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods in the world.
A 1-ounce (3 tbsp) serving of chlorella contains:
Vitamin A—287% RDA
Vitamin B2—71% RDA
Vitamin B3—33% RDA
In addition, chlorella contains a good amount of vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and phosphorus.
Studies have shown that chlorella benefits the entire body by supporting healthy hormonal function, promoting cardiovascular health, helping to negate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and aiding in the detoxification of our bodies.
Chlorella can inhibit cancer cell growth
Disease is frequently a result of high risk factors which an individual may be exposed to over a lifetime. Cancer is no different and is closely related to the metabolic complications that arise from other diseases. For this reason researchers have studied the effects of chlorella on patients at an increased risk for disease based on their lifestyles.
Researchers found that chlorella is significantly associated with lowering body fat, improving cholesterol levels, and reducing fasting blood glucose levels. They also found that chlorella intake improved activity of metabolic enzymes, cytokines, and several genes involved in fat metabolism and insulin response pathways.
The use of chlorella extract to inhibit the development of malignant activity has been studied in several cancers. Chlorella is shown to suppress the new generation of blood vessels required by cancer cells in order to grow. Individuals with glioma and liver cancer have reported an improvement in the quality of life and survival time when taking dietary chlorella.
What benefits can you get from chlorella?
- Detoxifies Heavy Metals.
- Detoxifies Radiation and Chemotherapy.
- Promotes Weight Loss.
- Fights Cancer.
- An incredible source of highly digestible plant protein (58 percent of weight).
- A superior source of chlorophyll.
- A potent alkaline-forming food.
- A great source of iron, magnesium and zinc, as well as phosphorus, calcium, iodine, manganese, and potassium.
- A quality source of vitamins A, C, E, and K and also the entire B-complex.
- It is high in essential fatty acids, inclusing gamma linolenic acid (GLA).
- A good source of antioxidants, polysaccharides, beta carotene, and lutein.
- It is rich in enzymes and other phytonutrients.
- High in dietary nucleic acids like RNA and DNA.
Incorporating this kind of nutrition into your body on a daily basis will arguably provide more synergistic nutrients and healing power than anything else you put in your mouth!
Related: Learn more about the science on the power of chlorella.
Challenges in finding a good source for chlorella
When you consume a clean chlorella on a daily basis, you can expect to flood your body with a wide range of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and phytonutrients. By doing this, you can provide your body with appropriate levels of various vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that are crucial for the optimization of bodily processes.
Another important factor to consider with chlorella is it’s ability to bind to heavy metals like mercury, lead, nickel, and aluminum. These toxins have been largely introduced through pollution, vaccinations, fish, and mercury amalgams, and many people take chlorella to help support their body’s natural elimination of these toxic elements.
Chlorella also promotes the production of healthy flora and bacteria (probiotics) in the digestive system, which helps support a healthy digestive process.
Like any food, the source is of utmost importance in order to properly benefit. Many brands of chlorella that have been tested were found to be polluted with heavy metals, and surprisingly the “organic” brands contain more heavy metals than non-organic! Unfortunately, a lot of chlorella on the shelves today is from China, which is typically the most polluted with heavy metals. It doesn’t make much sense to take a powerful superfood to improve your health, when it is filled with toxins that can destroy it, does it?
So there seems a catch 22 to this superfood because the challenge is to find a trustworthy and clean supplier. Many brands are heavily contaminated.
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