chlorella organic powder
Chlorella are tiny, single-cell algae, which live in fresh water ponds and lakes. The name comes from the Greek word for ‘green’, a reference to their vivid colour.
Chlorella are tiny, single-cell algae, which live in fresh water ponds and lakes. The name comes from the Greek word for ‘green’, a reference to their vivid colour. However, they’re more than just fish fodder. These little guys are rich in a long list of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, iron, zinc, magnesium and vitamin B12. When dried, nearly half their weight is protein (twice as much as spinach), and they contain nine essential amino acids. Plus, as their appearance suggests, they’re high in chlorophyll – the green pigment plants use to make energy from sunlight (thought by some to clear the body of toxins when consumed).
Four reasons to try chlorella
To boost immunity
In one Korean study, published in Nutrition Journal, 51 healthy adults were given 5g a day for eight weeks. At the end of the trial, their bodies had increased levels of immune proteins known to help defend against bacteria.
For a natural detox
Chlorella has long been thought to have a detoxifying effect on the body. In particular, it’s shown to have an ability to bind to harmful heavy metals, which are then flushed out of the body naturally in waste. In a Japanese study, published in The Journal of Toxicological Sciences, taking chlorella reduced mercury levels in body cells.
To look more youthful
If you’re after younger-looking skin (and who isn’t?), taking chlorella may be worth a punt. Studies suggest that consuming it can significantly raise the body’s antioxidant levels. These help protect against damaging free radicals caused by pollution and other environmental factors, and which can ultimately lead to ageing skin. Smokers who took 6g of the micro-algae daily had 44% more of the antioxidant vitamin C in their blood than those who took a placebo, according to one Korean study.
For weight loss
Taking chlorella may help you shed the pounds, as it appears to have an impact on how fat cells behave in the body. Chlorella helped to shrink fat cells and block the production of new ones, in one Korean study. In another Korean study, it was found to reduce levels of lipids (fats) in blood serum.
More research is needed in all these areas. However, as chlorella is low in calories, rich in nutrients including iron (vital for making healthy red blood cells), and high in protein, it’s potentially a great addition to any healthy balanced diet.
How do I take chlorella?
If you want to enjoy chlorella’s benefits, there’s no need to head to your local pond. In fact, consuming chlorella raw would be pointless, as humans can’t digest the algae’s cell walls.
Instead, to release its nutritional powers, producers crush it to break down the cell walls and dry it out. Then it’s milled into a fine emerald green powder which is soluble in liquid; it can also be taken as a tablet or capsule.
Some people reckon chlorella’s flavour is a bit like green tea, while others find it fishy or seaweedy. But don’t worry if you don’t like the taste. You can try stirring the powder into smoothies, juices or soups for a nutritional supercharge, or even use it in baking. There’s no official guideline to how much you should take, but many studies use 5-10g daily (one or two teaspoons of powder).
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