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What Is Chlorella? Benefits, Uses, And Considerations

If you are a health freak, then we are almost certain that you have heard about chlorella supplements before. And even if you have no ...

by Kate Johnson

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If you are a health freak, then we are almost certain that you have heard about chlorella supplements before. And even if you have no clue what this is, we got you. Chlorella is a single-celled green algae. It got its name from the Greek word “chloros” meaning green. This seaweed is a genus that comprises thirteen species of green algae. They got their rich green color due to the presence of chlorophyll, which is a green photosynthetic pigment.

Chlorella have been cultivated and developed as easy-to-consume supplements due to the array of health benefits they seem to offer. Well some of them are genuine and some of them used this opportunity to trick people with hoax supplements that barely have chlorella and promoted it saying you can expect all these benefits.

So in this article, we will see an overview of the proven benefits and a small comparison between chlorella v/s chlorophyll and some other stuff that you should know before investing in chlorella. Without further ado let us get right into it.

Benefits Of Chlorella

Chlorella is said to have a multitude of health benefits. Let us see what all they are.

1. Super nutrient profile

Chlorella packs loads of nutrients. There is no confusion with that topic. But there might be differences depending upon the growing condition of this algae and the species that is used plus the supplement manufacturing processes etc.

Benefits Of Chlorella

But still, the nutrient profile is pretty dope. More than half of chlorella is just protein. It contains 9 essential amino acids making it a good protein source. This seaweed may also provide other nutrients like magnesium, zinc potassium, calcium, folic acid, and other B vitamins. It also has a wide range of antioxidants and omega-3.

2. Immune system booster

Many powerful antioxidants and nutrients in this algae have antimicrobial properties. In certain clinical studies, chlorella has been shown to increase the white blood cell counts and thus stimulate your immune system and fight infections.

Claims are being spread that it can prevent tumor growth but the evidence is not conclusive. So their cancer prevention benefit must be taken with a grain of salt, at least until a conclusive result is obtained.

3. Detoxifying properties

Studies have shown that this chlorella can aid in removing modern-day toxins and heavy metals from your body. It can bind with heavy metals like cadmium, and mercury. They can also detoxify pollutants and chemical toxins like PCBs found in plastic and dioxin. A randomized clinical trial revealed that it supports optimal detox in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

Things to keep in mind while purchasing chlorella

Chlorella Vs Chlorophyll

As discussed before chlorella is an algae and chlorophyll is a compound that is responsible for green color in plants. Both of them have similar-sounding names and quite similar benefits claimed. Chlorophyll is said to aid detox, help eliminate waste, and support healing. It is also a potent antioxidant.

There are many other added benefits like supporting good skin health. Chlorella contains high levels of chlorophyll and in fact, this contains the highest percentage compared to any plants on this earth. 

Who Should Not Take Chlorella?

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should be a bit cautious. People who take blood-thinning medications should not take this supplement. Chlorella supplements may contain iodine so people who are sensitive to iodine must be careful with this product. People who usually have a problem with seafood should not take these supplements.

Before you choose your supplement make sure that you are consulting your doctor. Especially for people who have any diagnosed medical conditions or are using any prescription medications.

Are There Any Side Effects To Taking Chlorella?

There are no serious side effects reported so far. Generally, it is considered a safe supplement. Some people have reported mild stomach discomfort, flatulence, bloating, etc. People may also see a subtle increase in skin sensitivity to the sun. So be mindful of wearing sunscreen while going out. Following a dosage limit seems to reduce the negative impacts.

Usually, people take somewhere from 3 to 10 grams of chlorella. It is advised to start with a smaller amount that gradually increases your way up. There are no fixed dosage recommendations but this range seems to be effective for people. 

Final Takeaway

Chlorella supplementation might serve your benefits. But make sure that you do your research and choose the right product for you. Approach a doctor if you have any confusion, even if you are investing in natural supplements, it would be wise to take an expert’s opinion on it. 

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