Our body is partly able to expel its own toxins together with harmful external pollutants, yet we often need some help. A great example od an aid is chlorella, which greatly helps a detoxification program, and has many other beneficial properties.
It’s hard to avoid being exposed daily to various sources of pollution from food, drugs, water, or air. Our body is partly able to expel its own toxins together with harmful external pollutants, yet we often need some help. A great example od an aid is chlorella, which greatly helps a detoxification program, and has many other beneficial properties.
Chlorella is a green algae native to Taiwan and Japan that grows in fresh water like its cousin spirulina . This plant is rich with phytonutrients, including amino acids, chlorophyll, beta-carotene. It is composed by 20% fat, 20% carbohydrate, 5% fibre, 10% minerals such as magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, and B-complex vitamins. Chlorella is high in protein, counting for about 45% of its dry mass. These nutritional values make it perfect for vegans and vegetarians, who can benefit from a contemporary B vitamins and proteins intake. Since a long time, this superfood is one of the most widely used supplements in Japan.
Chlorella’s detoxifying properties come from its large amount of chlorophyll and from the strong cellular structure of this algae: its cells’ tissues cannot be digested by human body, yet they wrap themselves around chemicals such as lead, mercury and uranium within the intestine, keeping them from being absorbed by our metabolism . That’s why some patients eat Chlorella to help expelling radioactive particles from their body and possibly reduce the adverse effects of chemotherapy. This vegetable also stimulates a healthy immune system response by enhancing natural killer (NK) cells’ activity. Within our immune system, NK cells are in charge of destroying sick cells showing abnormal growth.
Chlorella also stimulates the presence of probiotic bacteria in the intestine. These beneficial beings improve our digestion and help conditions such as ulcers, colitis, Crohn's disease, and diverticulosis. Patients also use this supplement for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol in cases of Type 2 diabetes, obesity or heart disease, as chlorella shown to reduce fat percentage and glucose levels in blood. Finally, magnesium is an important mineral for our brain, helping to deal with depression and stress.
The powerful detoxifying effect of chlorella can cause side effects in some individuals, thus patients suffering from particular conditions may consult a doctor and start with low doses, gradually increasing their intake of chlorella. A full detoxifying program with chlorella, or any other natural substance, can last weeks or months. Since this superfood contains large concentrations of iron, men or postmenopausal women should have their blood iron levels checked regularly during a therapy with high doses of chlorella as a supplement.
This green algae has a pretty strong taste, and most of the people prefer to mix it with other healthy food. A little bit of its powder can be added as a topping to any cooked or raw food, or mixed with veggies and fruit in raw juices and smoothies. A chlorella pesto can be made by simply adding a tablespoon of the algae powder to the traditional basil pesto recipe, and the same concept works for the guacamole recipe. Chlorella can also be mixed with other superfoods, such as chia seeds, for making healthy and energetic puddings.