You may have difficulty pronouncing it, but you should consider adding chlorella to your diet anyway. The health benefits of chlorella run the gamut from improved energy to reduced cholesterol, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This unassuming green powder has a number of incredibly good-for-you benefits that might make your jaw drop.
A blue-green algae native to Japan and Taiwan, chlorella is similar to spirulina, its popular green cousing, but boasts a different nutrition profile and benefits. It comes typically in powdered or capsule form. Chlorella is a key ingredient in our mustHave greens powder, and for good reason.
In just a one-ounce serving of pure chlorella, there are 16 grams of protein (that’s like eating three eggs!), 287 percent of the RDA for vitamin A, 71 percent of B2, 33 percent of B3, 200 percent of iron, 22 percent of magnesium and 133 percent of zinc.
While the presence of those naturally occurring vitamins and minerals are enough to make the health benefits of chlorella worth noting, there’s more. Its even been shown to support hormone function, cardiovascular health, balanced cholesterol levels and boost the body’s natural detoxification abilities.
Chlorella has also been shown to assist in more intense detoxification, such as removing heavy metals from the body, and assisting in recovery from radiation and chemotherapy. Those are big claims, but there is a modest amount of science to back it up.
Chlorella can also boost the body’s natural immune response, helping to thwart off potential threats including bacteria and viruses and keep you healthier during those cold and flu seasons.
It’s also been shown to help with weight loss, mainly through hormone balancing, not suppressing appetite. As a natural source of energy, it may also keep you feeling strong and focused, without the need for a sugary pick-me-up in the middle of the day.
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