Chlorella is a whole superfood. Each cell of Chlorella is a self-sufficient microorganism that has all the life forces within itself. It has all the co-factors and phytonutrients in balanced ratios that is beneficial for maintenance and restoration of maximum health. The high content of minerals, vitamins, amino acids, proteins and other nutrients enables it to supply numerous nutrients the human body requires. Its minerals and vitamins are bio-chelated meaning that they are incorporated naturally in amino acids, making it easy to be absorbed and assimilated.
In Japan, chlorella is regarded as functional food because it contains all the essential nutrients in adequate proportions and can carry out most therapeutic and healing functions in the body. Its bio-availability in its simplest form makes it possible makes it easier for the nutrients to interact with the body system promoting the body’s ability to balance, heals and revitalize itself.
Chlorella as a nutritional supplement is highly nutritious. Many scientific: studies list it as dense nutrient algae. These nutrients aren’t just present, they are in fact present in its natural and simplest forms.
Chlorella Nutrition Facts and Importance
A 1-ounce (3 tbsps.) servings of chlorella contain:
- Protein—16g. (50 -60 % protein).Nevertheless, it’s a complete source of protein, containing all the essential amino acids.
- Iron—202% RDA. It is also an excellent source of Vitamin C that is significant in the absorption of iron.
- Vitamin B2—71% RDA
- Magnesium—22% RDA
- Vitamin A—287% RDA
- Vitamin B3—33% RDA
- Zinc—133% RDA
- Fiber: Chlorella is a good source of fiber. It provides about 1 to 6grmas of fiber depending on its source.
- Other vitamins and minerals: Chlorella offers slight amounts of, Zinc, magnesium, Potassium, copper, Folic Acid, calcium, and some of the B vitamins.
- Other antioxidants: Chlorella provides an array of antioxidants such as beta-carotene.
- Omega-3s: As with all the other algae, chlorella has some omega-3s.
- It has 411 kcal as its energy content, with carbohydrate content of 10 to 20grams
Chlorella can adequately provide nutritional and therapeutic support lacking in most modern diets consumed by individuals where its rich nutrient content can fill nutritional gaps in most people.
The health benefits of chlorella are mainly attributed to:
- Its high content of chlorophyll
- Its high nutrient content
- Its high fiber wall
- The Chlorella Growth Factors (CGF)
Chlorella is mainly important for;
- People with anemia and poor vitality. Chlorella is an excellent source of Iron.
- People with poor digestions and assimilation because the broken cell wall makes Chlorella easy to absorb and digest.
- People under prescribed medications and drugs. Chlorella protects the liver and kidney through detoxification.
- Overweight and obese persons
- People who need to consume high amounts of animal protein and need “rebuilding “such as body builders, or malnourished persons, or those who suffer from degenerative diseases of the muscle and nervous system because it contains all the essential amino acids in adequate proportions
- People with low energy levels due its high iron and energy content.
- People who engage in daily physical exercises and strength training.
- People with liver disorders or that person that smoke and drink heavily
- People with dry stools and those suffering from constipation. Chlorella stimulates the growth of the friendly bacteria which has significant probiotic effects on strengthening the gut flora and thus in resisting diseases.
- People with degenerative brain and nerve disorders. The Chlorella Growth Factor helps in the repair if the damaged nervous tissues and cells.
Some of the benefits:
Chlorella and the human brain
Chlorella is brain food. It contains all the essential nutrients that the brain need to boost memory. Chlorella is a rich source of nucleotides and nucleosides which provide the building blocks, RNA needed for normal functioning of the brain such as learning and memory. Besides that, Chlorella is a rich source of Phosphatidylserine (PS), responsible for rejuvenating and revitalizing the brain cell membranes by improving its overall integrity. Studies,(1) indicate that supplementations of PS improve memory and learning capabilities. It has also been demonstrating to lighten depression as well as delaying memory loss especially for persons affected by Alzheimer’s diseases. Its high contents of antioxidants also aid in neutralizing the free radical damages hence protecting the brain cells. The CGF present in chlorella can significantly suppress the corticosteroids stress hormones in the human blood.
Chlorella, Blood Pressure and the Heart
Several studies prove that supplementations of chlorella can significantly improve hypertension and lower the serum cholesterols levels in the blood in persons who consumed it while improving the overall quality of their lives. This is attributed to chlorella’s ability to improve the pliability and elasticity of the arteries, hence normalizing the blood pressure. Its rich content of carotenoids, chlorophyll and phospholipids combats the free radicals while reducing the oxidative damages which often lead to arterial plaques and lesions build-ups, the causative agents of arteriosclerosis. Its high magnesium content confers proper cardiac functions, stroke prevention, and regulation of blood pressure as well as for both contraction and relaxation of the heart muscles.
Chlorella and Detoxification
In Japan and Korea chlorella is widely used for detoxification functions, since it’s capable of binding and removing the heavy metals, and toxins from the blood tissues. This attributed to its high content of chlorophyll, chlorella can cleanse and purify the blood.Chlorophyll is the green blood of the plants, with a similar structure to hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood. This will help keep the bloodstream free from toxins and environmental waste, substantially increasing the resistance to common infections and illness in human beings.
Chlorella, the Immune System and Cancer
Chlorella is an excellent booster for the immune system. Its CGF content increases the Colony Forming Units, enhances interleukins (IL), tumor necrosis Factor (TNF), gamma-interferon production in the human body. The Gamma-interferon activates the NK cells which target cells of the tumor, protecting the body from infections.IL provides messages for the leukocytes which fight against viruses and tumors whereas TNF inhibits the growth of viruses and parasites as well as killing the tumor cells. Chlorella increases the Interferon levels by stimulating the activity of macrophages and T-cells, hence it enhances the ability of the immune system in combating pathogens and foreign particles.
Several scientific studies and surveys (1,2,) show that people who develop cancers have low levels of beta-carotene and vitamin A in their blood. Beta-carotene and Vitamin A improves the immune system, hence will help in the treatment and prevention of cancers. Several scientific studies (1,2,3 )demonstrates that chlorella fights cancer cells through the production of Interferon as induced from its complex polysaccharides in its unique cell wall.
Chlorella also helps the body to rebuild white blood cells and improves its count thus improving the fatigue induced by chemotherapy in cancer patients. Chlorella is helpful when used as a functional part of the broad-based nutritional organized and oriented physician-guided `programs.
Chlorella and Body Energy
Chlorella improves vitality and boosts the body energy. Chlorella can replenish the oxygen supply in our bodies by substantially increasing the amounts of hemoglobin in the blood, possibly due to the iron, protein and chlorophyll content which is significant in the synthesis of hemoglobin. A good supply of oxygen and adequate nutrient supply, energy and vitality are restored. Being a whole food makes the effects of Chlorella in the human body long-lasting.
Chlorella can reverse and treat the following conditions;
- High Blood pressure and Hypertension
- Liver damages and liver disorders
- Intestinal Ulcers
- Alzheimer’s diseases
- Common cold, flu and Infections
- Diabetes and hypoglycemia
- Various degenerative diseases