Chlorella is a green single-cell algae that packs a huge nutritious punch and is one of the most powerful healing foods on Earth! Do I have your attention yet? I hope so! This simple, tiny algae (3-8 micrometers in diameter) boasts an impressive package of complete nutrition and helps fight numerous diseases and conditions.
This superfood is packed with protein and is actually a viable protein source for vegetarians and vegans, or anyone looking to reduce their meat consumption while still getting an adequate amount of protein from plant-based sources. It contains an incredible amount of vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients. Chlorella is also packed with essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and essential minerals such as iron and magnesium.
The most interesting thing about chlorella is that it contains such a high level of chlorophyll, which boasts even more health benefits! The chlorophyll in chlorella is packed with healthy, beneficial bacteria, including lactobacillus, which helps keep the digestive system healthy and balances the bacteria in the intestines and bowels.
In addition to its impressive nutrition profile, chlorella has been found to treat and prevent numerous diseases and conditions:
Chlorella contains a high amount of various carotenoids, which can protect against heart disease. Since cholesterol cannot clog arteries until it oxidizes, carotenoids are a great way to prevent this process from occurring since they act as an antioxidant. Chlorella is also a rich source of magnesium. It’s no secret that the North American diet is very much lacking in magnesium, among other minerals; and this shortage may be one of the main causes of our epidemic of heart disease. Studies have also shown that chlorella can improve triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels, and may also benefit those with high blood pressure.
Chlorella is also a powerful immune booster. Clinical trials from the 1980’s attempted to show whether chlorella could boost cancer patients’ immune systems. According to researchers, chlorella didn’t shrink or eliminate their tumors, but it did help boost patients’ immune systems so they were able to resist infections.
The natural carotenoids in chlorella and their antioxidant effects may also help protect against cancer. A recent study from China showed that when people with precancerous cells were given natural carotenoids like those in chlorella, the precancerous cells turned back to normal. On the other hand, when they were given synthetic beta carotene, there was no benefit or improvement. Because of its natural detoxifying nature and ability to nourish the immune system, chlorella can be a natural way to prevent cancer.
Preliminary studies have shown chlorella’s ability to possibly improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels over time, which can prevent and improve conditions like diabetes and insulin resistance. Chlorella may also help protect against side effects of diabetes such as vision loss.
Chlorella has the ability to bind with toxins and move them swiftly out of the body, making it a great addition to any diet. Because of it’s very small size, it’s able to bond to metals, chemicals and some pesticides found in the digestive tract. But chlorella is very unique in that it only binds to the toxins, and not the minerals that your body actually needs to function properly, like calcium, magnesium, or zinc. It is as though chlorella knows exactly which minerals your body needs, and which toxins need to be removed from the body.
Where to Buy Chlorella
Chlorella comes in either tablet or capsule form, as well as a very fine powder. It can be found at your local health food store, including any of Healthy Planet‘s locations, or ordered online at Healthy Planet’s website. This month, until June 5th, 2013, Healthy Planet has the Organic Traditions Chlorella Powder 150g packs on sale for just $13.99 (both online and in-store!) – that’s over 13% off!
Have you used chlorella before? How has it helped improve your health since using it? How would you like to see it improve your health if you haven’t yet tried it?
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About the Author:
Sarah UmmYousef is a former school teacher turned stay-at-home wife and mama with a passion for all things simple, natural, and homemade. She loves the natural world, and believes the solutions to many of the world’s ailments lie in nature. Her blog, Nature’s Nurture, began as a way to document her family’s journey to a greener home, but has since become a thriving community and resource for those wishing to take small steps towards a more eco-friendly, natural and sustainable lifestyle. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.