What Is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a single-celled, green freshwater algae
There are over 30 different species, but two types — Chlorella vulgaris and Chlorella pyrenoidosa — are most commonly used in research
Because chlorella has a hard cell wall that humans cannot digest, you must take it as a supplement to reap its benefits
It’s available in capsule, tablet, powder and extract form
In addition to being used as a nutritional supplement, chlorella is also used as a biodiesel fuel
Interestingly, studies indicate it can have many health benefits. Here are 3 of them.
1. Very Nutritious
Chlorella’s impressive nutritional profile has led some to call it a “super food.” While its exact nutrient content depends on growing conditions, the species used and how supplements are processed, it’s clear it packs several beneficial nutrients
2. Binds to Heavy Metals, Aiding Detox
Chlorella has gotten some buzz for its ability to help the body “detox.” In fact, animal studies indicate that it’s effective at helping remove heavy metals and other harmful compounds from the body.
Heavy metals include some elements that are essential in small amounts, such as iron and copper, but these and other heavy metals like cadmium and lead can be toxic in larger amounts. While it’s rare for people to have dangerous levels of heavy metals in their system, people can get exposed to heavy metals through pollution or certain jobs such as mining .
In animals, algae, including chlorella, has been found to weaken the heavy metal toxicity of the liver, brain and kidneys.
Furthermore, chlorella has been shown to help lower the amount of other harmful chemicals that are sometimes found in food. One of these is dioxin, a hormone disruptor that can contaminate animals in the food supply .
Based on this evidence, it seems that chlorella could help enhance your body’s natural ability to clear toxins.
3. Could Enhance Your Immune System
Your immune system helps keep you healthy by fighting off infections. It’s a complex system made up of multiple mechanisms and cells that get into gear when an invader enters your body.
4. May Help Improve Cholesterol
Chlorella’s content of the following may help improve blood lipid levels:
Niacin: A B vitamin known to lower cholesterol
Fiber: A cholesterol-lowering agent
Carotenoids: Have been shown to naturally lower cholesterol
Antioxidants: Help prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which is known to contribute to heart disease