What’s So Special About Chlorella?

ChlorellaBy Jacquie Eubanks BSN, RN

Chlorella is a single celled fresh water microalgae that contains a high concentration of chlorophyll and an impressive array of vitamins and minerals.  Chlorella is considered a superfood because of its extraordinary nutrient density.  Chlorella contains all the B vitamins, vitamins C, E, and K, beta-carotene, amino acids, magnesium, iron, zinc, trace minerals, nucleic acids, phytonutrients, carbohydrates, GLA and omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and a high amount of digestible protein, making it virtually a complete whole food. 

The presence of chlorophyll is a great indicator of the health attributes of foods.  The deeper the green color of a plant food, the richer the food is in chlorophyll and the more abundant the food is in health-building qualities.  Foods rich in chlorophyll play a role in building red blood cells and offer protection against cancer-causing cell mutation, radiation damage, and toxic dietary and environmental chemicals.  Chlorophyll has many therapeutic uses including wound healing, intestinal regularity, detoxification and deodorization. 

Although our bodies are uniquely designed to remove harmful and unwanted pathogens and chemicals from foods and the environment, with the explosion of accumulated toxin-related diseases like cancer, auto-immune diseases, and brain disorders, the body can easily become overwhelmed.  Mercury, for example, is a potent toxin that can damage the brain, the central nervous system and the kidneys.  Cleansing your body of built up toxins can get your body to a healthier state where it can more effectively remove every day toxic exposures. 

Chlorella is highly valued for its natural detoxification abilities.  More toxins are stored in body fat than in blood, so decreasing body fat is essential, along with a nutritious diet and exercise.  Chlorella’s innate ability and it’s unique molecular structure allow it to bond to heavy metals, chemicals and some pesticides within the digestive tract.  What’s exceptional about this process is that chlorella does not bind to beneficial minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc.  Chlorella’s bowel and digestive system cleansing actions aid liver function and promote clean blood, which helps to assure efficient cleansing of metabolic waste.   

As a detoxifier, chlorella is known to:

  • Cleanse key elimination systems
  • Help to clear toxins and purify blood
  • Aid in promoting optimal blood pressure
  • Promote growth and repair of tissues
  • Neutralize body odors

Chlorella’s range of health benefits are thought to include:

  • Improved digestion and elimination
  • Increased energy levels
  • Immune system support
  • Balanced body pH
  • Reduced cancer risk
  • Support for normal blood sugar and reduced insulin sensitivity
  • Support for normal blood pressure by providing important nutrients for healthy vascular function
  • Support for healthy metabolism by helping the conversion of cholesterol into bile aiding elimination
  • Reduced inflammation by boosting anti-inflammatory immune cell signals
  • Protection for the brain and nervous system
  • Elimination of pollutants such as heavy metals and molds
  • Stress relief

As one of the earth’s most vibrant and energetic organisms and due to its highly active cellular components, chlorella is able to rapidly reproduce.  Chlorella Growth Factors (CGF) are a mix of nucleic acids, glyconutrients and amino acids.  Because of its unique concentration of nutrients and the energetic structure of these nutrients, chlorella is being actively researched as a key food to support human nutrition on a global scale.  To maintain optimal wellness, you may want to consider a detoxification program, as lessening the toxic burden on your bodily systems has been shown to improve many common health ailments and bodily functions.  Ridding your body of toxins and reducing inflammation now may help your body ward off chronic diseases that may not manifest for years to come. 

Greens Powder by Quantum Nutrition Labs –  Live-source super nutrition greens formula with broken cell wall chlorella for optimal absorption.

Chlorella Caps by Biotics Research Supplies high quality chlorella in an easy to swallow capsule. 

Chlorella Plus by Douglas Laboratories  A blend of chlorella and spirulina, naturally occurring microalgae, a rich source of many nutrients. 

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