Chlorella is a source of Chlorophyll, Protein, Iron, Magnesium, and amino acids, but it is primarily known as a detoxifying supplement. Its tiny size and unique properties make it able to bind to heavy metals and unwanted chemicals in the body.
A 1-ounce (3 tbsp) serving of chlorella contains:
- Vitamin A—287% RDA
- Vitamin B2—71% RDA
- Vitamin B3—33% RDA
- Iron—202% RDA
- Magnesium—22% RDA
- Zinc—133% RDA
In addition, chlorella contains a good amount of vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and phosphorus. Chlorella is actually more nutrient dense per gram than other greens, including kale, spinach and broccoli. It has many amazing health benefits, but should not be taken if you have certain health conditions, including high levels of heavy metal exposure and thyroid/iodine processing issues.
- Heavy Metal Detox: It is said that regularly consuming small amounts of chlorella can help heavy metals from accumulating in the body’s soft tissues and organs. Chlorella attaches itself to heavy metals and helps the body to remove them as waste. However, if you have been exposed to high levels of heavy metals, use caution, as taking chlorella may draw the metals out of your organs/tissues and simply cause them to recirculate in your system.
- Weight Loss: It is said that chlorella helps regulate hormones, boosting metabolism, improving circulation, and promoting higher natural energy. It also helps to reduce weight and body fat by removing stored toxins. As we release stored toxins in our cells, we naturally lose weight as a result.
- Lower Blood Glucose & Cholesterol Levels: According to Dr. Axe, “In a study published the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers found that doses of 8,000 mg of chlorella per day (divided into 2 doses), helps lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Researchers observed first a decline in cholesterol levels, and then the improvement in blood glucose. They believe that chlorella activates a number of genes at the cellular level that improve insulin sensitivity, encouraging a healthy balance.”
- Immune Boost: WebMD lists that Chlorella is used to boost the immune system, to aid digestive problems, to increase good bacteria in the digestive system, and for ulcers. A double-blind placebo study found that regular use increases natural killer cell activity and early inflammatory response. The study reported: “These results may suggest a beneficial immunostimulatory effect of short-term Chlorella supplementation which enhances the NK cell activity and produces interferon-? and interleukin-12 as well as interleukin-1?, the Th-1 cell-induced cytokines in healthy people.”
As with any natural supplement, it is important to consider your personal health issues and discuss any potential risks with your physician, naturopath or other medical professional.
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