Chlorella is literally as old as the Earth. This single cell alga exists from the very beginning, from the first life existing on Earth. However, because of its microscopic size (3 to 8 um), it was discovered relatively recently. A Dutch microbiologist, dr. Martinus Beijerinck named it Chlorella Vulgaris in 1890.
Chlorella truly bloomed during the First World War. Germans were growing it in large quantities as they discovered that it contained a large amount of protein. After WWII, the studies performed in the USA, Germany, and Japan revealed an accelerated cell development in animals fed with chlorella. Actually, you can also observe it on yourself, after just a few days, you can notice a faster growth of nails and cuticles.
What advantages does chlorella offer?
This micro-alga is a great component of detoxification therapies (from heavy metals). It also purifies the blood and the liver. Thanks to its high content of chlorophyll, it increases the level of hemoglobin in the blood. Along with the increase of hemoglobin levels, blood oxygenation increases, the blood circulation improves, and toxins are removed from the organs and the entire body. It is worth noticing that chlorella has a hard cell wall, which means that in the natural state, the absorption of nutrients is impossible. However, technologists have solved this problem by breaking down its cell structure so the nutrients can be properly absorbed. Because of that usually, chlorella is sold in a form of powder or compressed tablets.
What unique nutrients make this product so great?
- Highly concentrated amino acids,
- polyunsaturated fatty acid omega-3,
- Nucleus acids,
- Vitamins from group B (vitamin B complex)
- Vitamin K,
- Vitamin A,
- Vitamin C.
This unique list of components qualifies it to be part of the super foods (foods with a high content of nutrients). Chlorella is also essentials for vegans and vegetarians.
Benefits of taking Chlorella:
- Increased nutritional content
- Enhances the detoxification of the body
- Improves immune system
- Helps to control blood pressure
- Improves blood sugar levels
- Improves digestion
- Improves mental functioning
- Improves the effects of PMS
- Aids weight loss.
Safe consumption of Chlorella
Before you reach for Chlorella, learn about possible reactions, side effects, and find out the appropriate dosage. The body must get used to the new nutrient; therefore, you must start with a small dose and increase it slowly. It is possible that you might develop an allergic reaction as the alga contains an allergen called pheophorbide, which is used as a photosensitizer. That’s why, in the summertime, closely observe your body. Start with 0.5 grams of chlorella and take it for a few days. Then, move on to 1 gram and take that for several days. Every few days, increase your dose by 0.5 grams until you will reach 3 grams. The appropriate and detoxifying daily dosage of chlorella is 2 to 3 grams for an adult. For best results, it should be taken 3 times a day, 30 mins before every meal.
Chlorella has a strong detoxifying effect. That’s why, when you add it to your diet for the first time, you might experience mild diarrhea. This is normal and should pass after a few days. If you would like to get rid of this unpleasant effect, you can decrease your dose by half.
Chlorella is a very strong oxidant. It attracts heavy metals and removes them from the body. You can not combine oxidants with antioxidants (such as vitamin c), which will collect all the toxins and will put them back in the important organs of the body: brain, liver, or kidneys. That’s why it is important to wait at least 3 hours, after consuming chlorella, to eat food containing vitamin C.
It is beneficial to include chlorella in your diet, especially now when the air is polluted with a whole bunch of heavy metals. Chlorella will help you to take care of yourself and your loved ones.
Sources: “chlorella- ideal food” by Agata Majcher