Chlorella is a green algae plant grown in fresh water as opposed to sea water. You may have heard of its cousin, spirulina, which has a bigger presence in the United States; most of the chlorella and spirulina in the U.S. is grown in Japan or Taiwan.
Chlorellais very nutrient-dense and is rich in protein, iron, B12, calcium, omega-3s, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. All the benefits packed into this unassuming water plant means it more than earns its superfood designation.
Benefits of Chlorella
Delivers a high amount of nutrients to the body:In case you missed the list above, chlorella is packed with good-for-you stuff like vitamins B12 and C, iron, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and fatty acids.
Helps the body process heavy metals and detox:One of chlorella's best-known benefits is that it's a great ingredient for helping rid your body of all the ickiness that comes from processed foods, the environment, and life in general. "It is very helpful in removing heavy metals from the body (binds with them) and assists with detoxifying the body from harmful toxins found in food and the environment that can disrupt our hormonal balance,"
Provides protective benefits to the body:Chlorella earns its superior reputation from its additional protective or health-enhancing benefits. "While studies are mixed, this edible algae may also help strengthen the immune system, as well as possibly lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and manage blood sugars."
Promotes weight loss:Astudypublished in theJournal of Medicinal Fooddiscovered that regular chlorella intake over a 16-week period resulted in a lower body fat percentage for the participants, along with lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels.