The health benefits of chlorella are nothing short of amazing. Chlorella is a single-celled fresh-water algae and is one of the most researched algae in the world. Referred to often as a near-perfect food, research has identified an amazing range of health benefits. Because of the non-animal source B vitamins in chlorella, it can also be of benefit to vegetarians and vegans. Almost 60 percent of chlorella is protein and it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs thus making it a “complete protein.”
Be aware that side effects caused by your body detoxifying may occur. You may initially experience some slight nausea, and/or mild diarrhea. If the detox symptoms are too much, lower your dose initially, and slowly increase the dose. As your body begins to cleanse itself of toxins, side effects should disappear.
The key to chlorella’s detoxing abilities lies within its membrane. However, the nutrients in chlorella are protected by a thick cell wall that’s very hard for humans to digest. This cell wall must be opened before your body can absorb, use and assimilate any of the nutrients inside. This is the reason the best chlorella products use the term “broken cell wall,” to describe the fact that the chlorella has been rendered digestible. Be aware that if the chlorella you are using does not specifically indicate (somewhere on the label) that the cell wall has been broken, most likely you are wasting your money since the chlorella is not useable to the body and will pass right through you.
Health Benefits of Chlorella
- improves digestion
- helps with constipation
- boosts immune system
- cleanses the blood
- relieves inflammation
- promotes optimal blood pressure
- reduces pain in fibromyalgia
- contains all the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K*, beta-carotene, amino acids, magnesium, iron, trace minerals, carbohydrates & higher amount of protein (more than 50%) than meat, per grams of weight
- helps with mold elimination
- may reduce cancer risk
- effective for hormone balance
- increases white blood cell count
- detoxifies harmful radiation
- reduces body odor
- supports removal of heavy metals
- prevents release of histamine
- helps tissue growth & repair
- high amount of vitamin K
- identical to human blood except center element is magnesium rather than iron
- great for disaster kits
- increase T-Cells and B-Cells
*Chlorella contains a significant amount of vitamin K and may interfere with anticoagulants such as warfarin. Consult a healthcare professional before using chlorella if you take blood-thinners or other medicines.
Chlorella-Avocado-Watercress Smoothie Recipe
(Always use organic ingredients when available.)
1/2 avocado (pit removed)
1 C plain coconut milk
1 1/2 Tbsp chlorella (may need to begin with lesser amount, if experiencing detox)
A handful of watercress
A sprig of mint leaves
Add all of these ingredients to your blender & process until smooth. May add some ice to the mix. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy! Recipe from: authenticselfwellness.com
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