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Go Green! The Uses and Health Benefits of Chlorella

Health Benefits of Chlorella
Sourced from single-celled freshwater algae, chlorella (chlorella vulgaris and chlorella pyrenoidosa are the most common types) has been around for billions of years. Known as a nutritional powerhouse, chlorella is the perfect superfood for today’s modern world. This superfood has an extraordinarily high chlorophyll content and is quite miraculous as it helps rejuvenate, strengthen, and protect the human body. Chlorella offers a full spectrum of health benefits, which isn’t surprising considering chlorella has one of the highest chlorophyll content out of any plant or food. With chlorella’s extraordinary medicinal properties and high-nutrient content, it’s no wonder chlorella is often known as the “king of superfoods.”

A single-celled organism, chlorella is one of the oldest known living foods on the planet. Miraculous in nature, chlorella has the ability to protect the body from the stresses of everyday life. Learn more about why you should go green, by checking out some of the uses and health benefits of chlorella.

Helps the Body Detox

If you are looking for a way to naturally cleanse your body of toxic heavy metals, chlorella can help. Through a process called chelation, chlorella removes heavy metals (i.e. lead, cadmium, and mercury) from the body. Once in the digestive tract, these heavy metals bind, and other harmful components to the chlorella and then are removed from the body through the elimination process.

High in Nutrients

Because of its impressive nutritional profile, chlorella is considered to be a superfood. While the nutrient content can vary depending on growing conditions and the species used, chlorella is loaded with beneficial nutrients that can potentially boost your health. Chlorella contains high levels of iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, fiber, as well as Vitamins A, B2, B3, B12, and C. Also, chlorella is high in protein and contains more protein per 100g than fish, beef, or chicken.

Helps with Digestion and Regularity

High in fiber, when consumed chlorella can help reduce bloating and improve regularity. By increasing the good bacteria in your gut, chlorella can help improve digestion and even address conditions such as diverticulosis, ulcers, Crohn’s disease, and colitis. Helping to heal and repair the digestive tract, chlorella can help with the absorption of food, and the removal of toxins and bacteria, keeping you and your gut happy and healthy.

Improves Blood Sugar Levels

Supplementing with chlorella may help increase insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar levels. Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects many Americans, but taking chlorella daily can help encourage a healthy insulin balance, which may benefit blood sugar levels. This means if you are at risk for diabetes, supplementing with chlorella could be an effective way to help stabilize your numbers, naturally. Just remember to consult with your healthcare practitioner first, especially if you are on any pharmaceutical medications.

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