Chlorella is considered to be one of the most potent green foods along with spirulina, barley grass and wheat grass. It is a type of single-celled fresh water algae rich in nutrients. The quality of the chlorella product varies on how it was cultivated and processed, but generally it has more chlorophyll than other green foods (up to 40 times more than wheat grass!). Chlorophyll refers to the green pigment in plants necessary for photosynthesis or the process of converting light to energy. Chlorophyll was found to promote health through detoxifying the liver, enhancing wound healing, preventing DNA-damage caused by aflatoxin and blocking toxins that can cause cancer.
Antioxidants that neutralize free radicals such as vitamin C and carotenoids are also contained in chlorella. It has also been shown to have high levels of protein, iron, B complex and trace minerals. Chlorella has been used to treat certain diseases as it fights cancer-causing toxins and boosts the immunity. There is also evidence that chlorella supplementation prevents anemia during pregnancy, and can relieve the symptoms of fibromyalgia, ulcerative colitis and hypertension. Moreover, it aids in proper digestion and supports weight loss.
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