Chlorella, an Amazing Alkalizing Superfood

Chlorella is a single-cell, freshwater, green algae that is truly an amazing natural green superfood with a vast array of health benefits.  As its name suggests, it contains chlorophyll.  In fact, it contains more chlorophyll per gram than any other plant, making it an alkalizing machine.  An alkaline state is imperative to good health so the more alkaline foods we can eat, the better.  The higher the amount of chlorophyll a food contains, the more alkaline it is, hence chlorella is a wonderful dietary aid for the alkaline lifestyle.

Another amazing thing about chlorella is that it consists of 65% protein.  The protein in chlorella is a very efficient, high quality source consisting of nineteen amino acids and all ten essential amino acids, which is why many vegetarians use it as a major source of protein in their diet.  In addition, its high protein content often lends itself to being used to curb appetite during weight loss or weight maintenance.

An additional great fact about chlorella is that it contains vitamin B12.  Since B12 is a vitamin that is hard for vegetarians to get from their diet, chlorella makes a wonderful addition to such animal free diets.

Moreover, because it is so high in chlorophyll, it naturally stimulates the production of red blood cells in the body, thereby aiding in oxygen transit throughout the body.  Due to the fact that oxygen is transmitted to the brain at such high levels it is sometimes referred to as “brain food”. 

This chlorophyll rich food is an excellent detoxifier that is known to bind to heavy metals and chemicals such as pesticides and it then helps your body to excrete them out of your tissues.  It is especially good for those who have liver issues or those who drink or use drugs regularly.  The chlorophyll may also help with constipation and bad breath.

In addition, chlorella is rich in magnesium, a mineral most Americans fail to get enough of due to processed-food diets and declining soil quality.  This is not to be taken lightly as magnesium performs at least 300 different bodily tasks, many of which are related to cardiovascular health.

If all of this information wasn’t enough to recognize the power of chlorella, it must also be mentioned that it contains a compound called Chlorella Growth Factor, which helps to boost the immune system at a cellular level and aids in healing and repair.  It increases interferon levels, which stimulate the activity of macrophages and T-cells, which combat foreign invaders. Chlorella even has an abundance of RNA & DNA that are associated with anti-aging properties.

The fibrous nature of chlorella has been shown to improve digestion and promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the stomach.  It has also been shown to help heal the gastrointestinal tract of such conditions as ulcers and colitis.

Chlorella is often combined with super green powders and vegetarian protein powders, however you can also purchase it on its own in tablet or powder form.  It is a great way to increase your alkalinity and boost your immune system.  Try adding the powder to smoothies or just take it individually in convenient tablet form.

When buying chlorella, look for the certified organic kind.  If it is not organic, then it could have lived in contaminated waters, which means the algae are contaminated as well.  It is also important that the cell wall of the chlorella is broken. Chlorella has an indigestible cell wall that needs to be ruptured/broken to allow access to its nutrients so make sure you by the broken cell type.  Lastly, it is crucial that the chlorella not be pasteurized nor freeze dried or else you will lose the amazing benefits of the chlorella’s digestive enzymes.

A brand that I recommend that follows all of these guidelines is Ultimate Superfoods. You can use either the powder or capsule form.  It is available in our co-op store.  Take as directed and although you may feel immediate beneficial effects, keep in mind that chlorella's full nutritive and detoxifying abilities will take three to six months to be fully appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.


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