Although there is no official definition of a superfood, chlorella is one. The blue-green algae from freshwater that is one of the fastest-growing plants on the planet and it’s packed with enough nutrients to put your spinach smoothie to shame.
Each tablespoon of the superfood chlorella includes:
Plus you’ll be getting vitamin B1, B6, K, chlorophyll, and phosphorous with every serving of chlorella too. Not only is it food packed with nutrition and essential vitamins, it’s a versatile one that can easily be added to a variety of dishes. Try adding chlorella extract to your pesto, smoothies, salad dressings, or matcha lattes.
As a superfood, chlorella isn’t just used to ensure a well-rounded diet for optimal health, it’s a proven treatment for a variety of health challenges as well.
A 2012 study showed that an intake of chlorella improved blood sugar levels in a relatively short amount of time by increasing cell activity, which keeps your body actively absorbing nutrients and removing toxins. The result of reduced sugar levels from chlorella is good news for those diagnosed with diabetes.
Chlorella has also shown to be an effective aid in lowering blood pressure. However because of the high amount of vitamin K in it, it
shouldn’t be taken with any blood thinner medication.
A short-term study recently concluded that the superfood chlorella is an effective immune system booster in healthy adults due to the high amounts of natural killer cells it contains, which fights off virus’ and infections. The high amount of chlorophyll in chlorella also acts as a blood purifying agent and enables the body to utilize oxygen more effectively.
The boost your immune system gets from chlorophyll not only helps you fight disease and illness, it better prepares your body to fight and prevent cancer. One Japanese study showed a dramatic difference in cancerous mice that received chlorella and those that did not. Research has also found that it strengthens the body when undergoing chemotherapy as well.
It’s pretty much impossible these days to avoid ingesting heavy metals from our environment. Pesticides, pollution, chemicals, and other toxins are in our foods, oceans, air, and in the products we have in our homes. In fact, symptoms of excessive toxic build up include fatigue, depression, aching joints, and digestive issues.
Chlorella is a natural binding agent that identifies and rids your body the unwanted chemicals and toxins in your body, such as mercury and lead. In addition, combining it with cilantro has shown to remove high levels of toxins in very short amounts of time.
Japanese scientists concluded that chlorella controls gene expression that results in fat reduction, cholesterol distribution, and stable glucose levels. It has also been shown to effectively reduce fat and cholesterol levels by promoting gene expression in the metabolism and insulin making processes in our bodies.
In some cases, chlorella has shown side effects so speak to your health care professional if you are feeling any unusual symptoms or have any pre-existing conditions.