I recently started taking chlorella supplements. Every day, I pop 10 to 20 tablets of pure chlorella with a tall glass of water first thing in the morning. The effects? So far I've felt a huge difference in my "regularity", but that's not the only reason I'm reaching for these green guys. Chlorella is the panacea to just about all of life's health woes, and a lot of its magic works skin deep. Here's why you, too, may want to be taking chlorophyll supplements.
What is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water and is jam-packed with nutritional properties that will change your life.
There are more than 30 different species of chlorella, but the most commonly found ones (that have also been researched extensively) are Chlorella vulgaris and Chlorella pyrenoidosa.
What are the Benefits of Chlorella?
Chlorella is incredible for your health. It's not only a great source of protein - it is 50-60% protein - but also a complete protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids. Meanwhile, chlorella is rich in vitamin B12, iron, vitamin C, other antioxidants, trace minerals (think: magnesium, zinc, copper, potassium, calcium, folic acid, and other B vitamins), omega-3's, and fiber.
Functional medicine doctor, Dr. Dawn Desylvia from Whole Life Health in L.A. weighs in on what makes chlorophyll so special and different from other algae, such as spirulina.
"It is thought that spirulina is a good phytonutrient. However, chlorella is a more potent nutrient dense supplement as well as a certain type of algae that provides better detoxification support." She continues, "Chlorella is different from spirulina in both it’s color as well as internal properties. Research has shown chlorella, particularly a type of chlorella called Chlorella pyrenoidosa, is effective as a binder for toxic metals and radiation because of the extra thickness of its cell wall."
What's the Best Way to Take Chlorella?
Chlorella has a hard cell wall that the human body cannot digest, so the algae is made into a supplement to make it apt for human consumption. Usually, it is sold in capsule, tablet, powder, or extract form. I personally prefer the powder or tablet form, as I find them easily adaptable to my diet. I use the powder in smoothie and juices and just chug the tablets like pills whenever I'm feeling less creative.
"There now are other sources [of chlorella] - some of which are not as pure - so it is always very important to purchase it from a reliable company - Biopure and Chlorenergy are two companies that have good reliable sources. Sun Chlorella has also been known to be a good source."