Chlorella Benefits: Is This Nature’s Best Detoxifier?
Did you know the list of powerful Chlorella benefits was once considered so significant, it almost saved the world?
It’s true. After 1940, the world population multiplied faster than ever and many people feared global starvation.
Because Chlorella is so nutrient dense and grows really, really fast, it was considered by many scientists as a new primary food source.
In fact, Chlorella was even called the ‘Next Big Thing’ in the fight to feed a hungry, post-war world, and Science Digest went so far as saying "Common pond scum would soon become the world's most important agricultural crop."
Ultimately, these predictions were perhaps a bit overenthusiastic and failed to transpire.
As agriculture advanced, we instead solved the world hunger crisis via better crop efficiency. But the potential to solve world hunger just proves how powerful Chlorella benefits really are.
So where did it all begin?
Chlorella is among the oldest forms of life on earth and has been around for over 540 million years.
Not that it was called Chlorella then…
Its Greek-derived name came about much later, and literally means ‘green small’. Creative, I know.
This microscopic unicellular algae is extremely high in protein, nutrients, fiber, bioactive compounds and chlorophyll.
Chlorella is now ranked one of the top 10 health foods in the world and these days you’ll find it in the form of pills or powder.
It remains a popular dietary supplement used by the pharmaceutical industry and supplement companies, and is a favorite ingredient for many Asian cultures.
The Most Potent Of All Chlorella Benefits Is Detoxification
Because of growing industrialization, we are surrounded by and exposed to heavy metals and toxins on a daily basis. I probably don’t need to tell you that this is bad.
There can be heavy metals in cosmetics and body care products, aluminum in deodorants, and if you have amalgam (silver) fillings, there's mercury constantly present in your mouth.
Even the water we drink, cook and wash with can contain heavy metals like arsenic, lead, and cadmium.
Constant exposure means these heavy metals can be stored in our body for years, or even decades.
This can lead to different neurological, muscular, and physical problems including tiredness, headaches, memory and digestion problems.
Chlorella is incredibly small, just two to ten microns in size. So how does tiny Chlorella do such hard and important work for you?
Due to its molecular structure, Chlorella works like a natural magnet, binding to heavy metals and toxins. It is thought this property of Chlorella benefits your body in the same way, binding to heavy metals and safely removing them.
So tiny, yet so powerful!
This detox process works best with a healthy liver, so Athletic Greens also includes ingredients to support liver function, like Milk Thistle, Globe Artichoke, and Dandelion Root.
Chlorella Benefits Your Body in Many Other Ways
Chlorella contains many essential micro and macro nutrients. It’s one of the richest foods in protein (up to 70% by dry weight) and has 19 of the 22 amino acids essential to human nutrition.
As for vitamins, it’s also a winner, containing:
Vitamin A - essential for healthy vision, skin, bones and other tissues in the body
B-group vitamins - necessary for key metabolic processes among other functions
Vitamin C - necessary for wound healing and a healthy immune system
Let’s not forget minerals:
Zinc - improves digestion, stress levels and energy
Calcium - essential for healthy bones and teeth
Magnesium - reduces chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia
Iron - crucial for a variety of metabolic processes in the body
These micro and macro nutrients combined are the key to many additional Chlorella benefits, like…
Supports Weight Loss
Losing weight can be difficult, so help is always welcome.
In one study, Chlorella intake resulted in a reduction of body fat percentage. There is also some evidence to suggest that weight loss releases toxins from fat cells, and these can accumulate in the body.
Add to this what we already know about Chlorella’s magnetism for toxins and heavy metals, and the combination is looking quite promising.
Promotes Healthy Blood Sugar and Cholesterol levels
The same study as above, showed that Chlorella supplementation also resulted in noticeable reductions of serum total cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose levels.
The hypoglycemic effects of Chlorella may be due to the activation of insulin signaling pathways.
Strengthens Your Immune System
For anyone who finds themselves getting sick often, Chlorella could have even further benefits.
One study showed Chlorella may have a stimulatory effect on the immune system, which enhances the activity of natural killer cells and produces interferon-γ and interleukin-12 as well as interleukin-1β - all essential for immune function.
And we all know by now that a strong immune system is they key to living a sickness-free, healthy life.
How To Ensure Chlorella Benefits Your Body
Chlorella clearly puts the super in superfood, but as with any supplement, it pays to know how and when to take it, and what to look out for.
Dosing And Safety
Most dosage recommendations start at 1 g and can be upwards of 7 g, depending on treatment goals.
It’s advised to start at a low dose and work up gradually, to give your body time to adjust, and to minimize any side effects from rapid detoxification.
Chlorella is considered safe during pregnancy, and may be of additional benefit due to extra iron requirements placed on the body.
One study using Chlorella as a treatment for borderline-hypertensive pregnant women showed no adverse side-effects. As always, it’s best to consult your physician before taking any supplement.
Chlorella on its own has a very strong taste - which isn’t so surprising for an algae!
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about that with Athletic Greens, as there are many other beneficial ingredients which hide the strong taste. You won’t even notice it.
Green Poop? Maybe. Don’t Be Alarmed!
Green color can appear in feces due to the high amount of chlorophyll and has been noted at doses of 6g daily. This may or may not accompany loose stools, but this has been deemed clinically insignificant.
I wouldn’t consider this one of the top Chlorella benefits, but it keeps things interesting.
Enjoy Chlorella Benefits in Athletic Greens
So yes. Chlorella is quite possibly nature’s most powerful detoxifier. As if this wasn’t enough, it also contains more chlorophyll than any other plant, and is packed full of essential vitamins and minerals.
You can see why we just had to include it in Athletic Greens.
A famous frog once said, ‘It’s not easy being green.’ But I can tell you right now, he wasn’t talking about Chlorella. Superfood nutrition couldn’t be easier!