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You’ll be astonished by what this nutrient-dense algae can do for you!
It may sound odd, eating algae grown in the ocean. But wait until you find out just what chlorella contains…
Chlorella has become one of the most popular superfoods, thanks largely to its high antioxidant content and its ability to detoxify your body.
Below, we’re going to break down everything it can do for you and how it will benefit your body in some pretty surprising ways.
By the time you reach the end of the article, you’ll be convinced that chlorella is the next superfood you need to add to your diet!
Chlorella’s Nutritional Contents
Did you know that there are more than 30 species of chlorella? Interestingly enough, only two of those thirty are used to make supplements.
Due to the hard walls of the single-celled algae, you can’t eat chlorella directly, but have to take it in supplement form. However, you’ll find it’s one of the best nutrient-rich foods you can add to your daily diet.
The superfood contains:
Vitamin C – This antioxidant isn’t only amazing for your immune system, but it can help your body absorb and utilize more of the iron from the superfood.
Iron – Iron is needed to produced red blood cells. Thanks to the high Vitamin C content of chlorella, your body will be more easily able to absorb iron and put it to use.
Protein – Did you know that chlorella is made up of anywhere from fifty to sixty percent protein? It’s a complete source of all the essential amino acids your body needs to build muscle and boost your metabolism.
Vitamin B12 – Vitamin B12 is one of the most important nutrients for a healthy metabolism. Outside of chlorella, there are only a handful of places to get it, including red meat and animal products.
Fiber – Chlorella is naturally an excellent source of dietary fiber, some of which remains intact as the algae is ground and turned into the extract that you take.
Omega-3 fatty acids – Chlorella contains a hefty dose of the Omega 3’s that will fuel your brain and improve your cognitive health.
Other vitamins and minerals – The algae also contains zinc, copper, magnesium, potassium, folid acid, and calcium, as well as an array of B vitamins. All of these micronutrients are vital for the health and proper functioning of your body.
As you can see, even a small dose of chlorella can provide you with a lot of vital nutrients. Definitely a good reason to consider adding it to your daily diet!
The Many Benefits of Chlorella
Like every other superfood, chlorella offers a lot of health benefits—and we mean A LOT! Take a look at just a few of the things it can do for you:
Detoxify your body. One of the things that make it such a popular superfood is its ability to detoxify heavy metals and harmful compounds from your body. All algae—including spirulina and chlorella—can weaken the toxicity of heavy metals and reduce the damage to your brain, kidneys, and liver.
But that’s not all it can do! Chlorella can actually lower the amounts of harmful chemicals like dioxin (a hormone disruptor) that occasionally contaminate our food.
Improve cholesterol levels. Studies into chlorella have found that it can be quite effective at improving cholesterol levels. Chlorella contains niacin, or Vitamin B3, which is as effective at lowering cholesterol levels as many medications currently prescribed by doctors. The algae is also rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C, fiber, and carotenoids, all of which work together to lower cholesterol levels. You’ll find your risk of heart disease is much lower thanks to chlorella!
Provide antioxidants. As mentioned above, chlorella is an amazing source of Vitamin C, along with a long list of other antioxidants like lutein, lycopene, chlorophyll, and beta-carotene. These antioxidants work together to eliminate free radicals, protect your body from oxidative stress, and decrease inflammation.
Studies have indicated that the high antioxidant content of chlorella can help to reduce diabetes complications, improve antioxidant levels in chronic smokers, and even fight chronic diseases. All in all, it’s clear that getting more of these antioxidants is a vital way to improve your health!
Helps with blood pressure and blood sugar. Chlorella can help to reduce blood pressure and improve both kidney and heart health. Two studies examining the effects of chlorella on blood pressure found that supplementing with the algae for just a few weeks led to lower blood pressure readings and improved flexibility of the arteries.
Chlorella can also help to lower fasting blood sugar levels, improve blood sugar control, and raise insulin sensitivity. Essentially, it can reduce the risk of diabetes and enhance glucose regulation, even in people suffering from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Improve endurance. One study found that young adults who took chlorella were better able to absorb oxygen through the air they inhaled, which led to greater endurance during cardiovascular training. The high amino acid content of chlorella means that it is an absolutely excellent athletic booster!
Boost your immunity. Chlorella has been found effective at raising immune function, in a number of ways. First, it’s possible the algae can help your body produce more antibodies, which fight of foreign invaders in your body. Second, it can help to increase immune activity and make your body more effective at defending itself from pathogens and disease. While further research is needed to determine exactly how and how much it can help, there are clear indicators that chlorella is amazing for your immune system.
That’s why we’ve included it in our Pure Immunity supplement, which is made with all natural and organic ingredients formulated to boost your immunity to disease. You’ll find that the addition of chlorella (and its partner-in-crime-algae spirulina) makes it highly effective at protecting your body from all manner of infections and disease!
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