One of the most powerful micro algae, chlorella is a deeply nourishing, energising green supplement that offers many benefits. Here we explore this essential plant, outlining its benefits, nutritional components, uses as a heavy metal detoxing agent, and more.
What is Chlorella?
From the Latin chloros, meaning green, chlorella is a single celled algae with powerful health properties for humans. Like marine phytoplankton it has the power to photosynthesise and indeed it is so efficient at this that some scientists hypothesise that it may one day serve as a primary food crop because of it’s immense photosynthetic efficiency.
Nutritional Benefits of Chlorella
- Naturally high in vegetarian protein
- Chelating agent (binds to heavy metals)
- Chlorophyll Rich
- Abundant amino acids
- Antioxidants which may help prevent cancer (ref)
Detoxifying and Chelating Properties of Chlorella
Although it’s a useful everyday supplement, many people take chlorella specifically for its usefulness as a heavy metal chelating agent. For those suffering from mercury amalgam exposure, or other heavy metal toxicity issues, chlorella offers a natural method of chelation that can bind to the metals and help flush them from your system. Often used in conjunction with cilantro (coriander leaf), chlorella should be used in larger doses and over a considerable period of time to really clean out heavy metals.
Does Chlorella Have Vitamin B12?
There has been a lot of debate in health circles over the last few years about whether chlorella represents a true vegetarian source of B12. Until recently it was thought that B12 simply didn’t exist in plant based foods. However, recent evidence suggests that the one exception to this is algae and amongst these particularly chlorella. One interesting study demonstrated that contrary to assertions that chlorella only produces a kind of pseudo vitamin B12, it actually produces the real thing. However, the levels are still relatively low compared to meat products and severl doses would have to be consumed per day to really give you an adequate amount. On the plus side, since chlorella offers so many other benefits this makes it a strategy with multiple advantages.
Is Chlorella Vegan?
Chlorella is not just vegan, it’s one of the most important vegan supplements! With a near perfect source of vegan protein, and useable amounts of B12 (methylcolbalamin), chlorella is a single celle plant that offers tremendous benefits to a pure herbivorous diet.
What is Chlorella Growth Factor?
Contained with the microscopic cell walls of chlorella is a substance much written about by nutritionists, chlorella growth factor. This important source of nucleic acids allows chlorella to quadruple its biomass in a 24 hour period during photosynthesis. This astonishing feat of nature is down to a unique combination of biopolymers, the most important of all the biomolecules, and which are responsible for encoding the information of the plant within it’s nucleus. For humans, the benefits of ingesting chlorella growth factor are:
- Tremendous energy
- Aiding cellular repair
- A powerful, take-no-prisoners immune system
- Optimised tissue repair