1. It Has Been Thriving On The Planet For Over 2 Billion Years
Chlorella is a single-celled freshwater green alga, known to be one of the first forms of plant life on Earth with a well-defined nucleus. This tiny organism (2 -10 microns in size) has survived major environmental disturbances, pollution, you name it - its vitality and strength are astounding. “Chlorella” is derived from the Greek words “chloros” (green) and “ella” (small).
2. It’s Packed With An Array of Nutrients
Chlorella is a quality source of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids. It promotes optimal well-being and supports healthy immune function, liver health, cell reproduction, and detoxification. In Japan, over 10 million people use chlorella regularly to support health.
Nutrients found in chlorella include:
- Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, and folic acid
- Vitamins C, E, and K
- Iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus
- Beta carotene
- Amino acids
- Essential fatty acids (EFA’s)
3. It’s A Natural Detoxifier
In modern society, the toxic load on the average human body is quite high. We are constantly bombarded with pollutants, chemicals in our food, heavy metals - the list goes on. Chlorella gently cleanses and detoxifies the body. It’s molecular structure bonds to heavy metals (including cadmium, mercury, arsenic and lead), chemicals and pesticides in the tissues, whereafter they can be safely removed from the body. One of the perks of this detox process? It leaves beneficial minerals like calcium, magnesium and zinc untouched.
4. It’s A Great Source of Plant-Based Protein
If you’re looking for a quality source of plant-based protein, give chlorella a try. Its protein content is approximately 50-60% of its total nutritional makeup with all essential amino acids intact, making it a great option for vegetarian or vegan diets. You can find chlorella in an easy-to-take tablet form, as a liquid, or in powder form to add to smoothies.
5. It’s A Concentrated Source of Chlorophyll
This green superfood contains more chlorophyll than any other known plant species. Chlorophyll regulates photosynthesis and imparts the green hue of plants. This compound has been shown to offer strong antioxidant activity, which fights cellular damage from free-radical scavengers. Chlorella also contains high amounts of vitamin C and carotenoids for additional antioxidant support.
NASA studied chlorella as a whole food option for outer space due to its impressive protein and amino acid content; there were even talks about growing it on space stations. Green Tang, anyone?