Chlorella is a blue-green algae like its cousin spirulina. As you are about to find out, it is one of the most heavily researched algae’s in the world. It’s often referred to as a near-perfect food as research through the years has identified an astounding range of health benefits. There are numerous health conditions that Chlorella may help prevent or treat including insulin resistance1, diabetes2, hypertension3, and anemia in pregnant women.4 Nearly all of chlorella’s health benefits are almost always due to its high chlorophyll content.
Chlorophyll is a fat-based pigment that makes plants green. It is the substance that is responsible for photosynthesis – the usage of light energy from the sun to convert water & carbon dioxide into nutrition (glucose) for the plants. The structure of chlorophyll is nearly identical to that of hemoglobin in our blood. The center atom of chlorophyll is magnesium (green) while the center atom of hemoglobin is iron (red). Magnesium is what helps alkalize the body and deliver oxygen to cells & tissues. This blue-green algae also helps promote the formation of hemoglobin and red blood cells.
Chlorophyll, Is Backed By Plenty of Research
Chlorophyll is a phytonutrient that oxygenates & detoxifies the blood.5,6 It is rich in enzymes and high in amino acids. It alkalizes the body, is anti-inflammatory7,8, chelates heavy metals, been shown to reduce the growth of tumor cells9,10, and speeds up the healing process of wounds. It even helps our mitochondria11,12 and produces ATP13 to fuel our bodies fuel which is cleaner burning energy source than carbohydrates (with the addition of sunshine).
Not All Chlorella Is Created Equal
Unlike many food supplements, chlorella has one unique feature that makes the manufacturing process one of the primary concerns when considering a source of supplementation. Chlorella is completely indigestible by humans. We simply do not have the enzymes to break down its resilient cell wall. Chlorella’s outer cell wall, which is also chemically responsible for binding with the toxins inside your body, cannot be broken down by your biology. Therefore, it is imperative that the manufacturing process break down the tough outer cell wall for us, as this is the only way to make the chlorella biologically available to remove toxins from your body.
This is Why: I Only Recommend Supplementing with Broken Cell Wall Chlorella
This is the only form that allows your body to use this powerful detoxification agent. Another concern when choosing your chlorella is to be sure that the source waters where it is grown and harvested are free of any contamination. Since chlorella is a natural green food, it will be affected by polluted water and will retain environmental toxins if it’s grown in contaminated waters. So be certain any Chlorella you supplement with comes from a natural and clean water source.
What Foods are High in Chlorophyll?
Green foods! The darker the green, the more chlorophyll. And guess what, algae have the highest concentration of chlorophyll in the world, containing 50 times more chlorophyll than wheat grass. And 100-1000 times more chlorophyll than any other plant or vegetable!
No Sweat Recipe Of the Week
Chlorella Lemonade (or Limeade)
- 2 Organic Lemons (or 4 Limes)
- 5-6 TBSP Grade B Pure Maple Syrup
- 1-5 tsp Organic Chlorella powder (with cracked cell wall)
- Optional – 1/4-1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper or Sea Salt
- Squeeze fresh lemon juice (or lime juice) from organic lemons (or limes)
- In a quart jar (or another quart sized container) put 6-7 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice, 5-6 tablespoons of organic grade B maple syrup
- Add 1-5 tsp Organic Chlorella powder
- Fill the rest of the jar with water and shake
- Pour over ice or store in fridge until cool
- Optional – Add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper or Sea salt