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A genus of single-celled green algae belonging to the division Chlorophyta. It contains the green photosynthetic pigments chlorophyll-a and -b in its chloroplast. Through photosynthesis, it multiplies rapidly, requiring only carbon dioxide, water, sunlight, and a small amount of minerals to reproduce.
Chlorella can serve as a potential source of food and energy because its photosynthetic efficiency can in theory, reach 8%.
This nutrient-dense alga has been receiving a lot of buzz for its health benefits. Furthermore, as a supplement, it has shown promise in improving cholesterol levels and ridding the body of toxins.
Chlorella's impressive nutritional profile has led some to call it a "super food." While its exact nutrient content depends on growing conditions, how it is used and how supplements are processed, it's clear that it packs several beneficial nutrients.
It is 50–60% protein. What's more, chlorella contains all nine essential amino acids. Some varieties may also contain vitamin B12, but more studies are needed. It is a source of iron and vitamin C, which helps you absorb that iron.
Chlorella provides a wide range of antioxidants and small amounts of magnesium, zinc, copper, potassium, calcium, folic acid and other B vitamins.
As with other algae, chlorella contains omega-3s. 3 grams of chlorella delivers 100 mg of omega-3s.
Chlorella may help the body detox by binding to heavy metals and other toxins.
It seems that chlorella may have immune-boosting effects in some populations and age groups, but not in all. More studies are needed.
Chlorella's content of the following may help improve blood lipid levels:
Niacin: A B vitamin known to lower cholesterol.
Fiber: A cholesterol-lowering agent.
Carotenoids: Have been shown to naturally lower cholesterol.
Antioxidants: Helps to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, which is known to contribute to heart disease.
Research on chlorella has pointed to a blood pressure-lowering effect. Many of its nutrients have been shown to prevent arteries from hardening. It may also help lower blood sugar levels and increase insulin sensitivity.
The antioxidants in chlorella may have anti-inflammatory effects, which can possibly improve asthma and other respiratory diseases.
In one study, the chlorella group showed a significantly improved ability to saturate their lungs with oxygen, which is a measure of endurance. The placebo group did not experience any changes in endurance.
This effect may be due to chlorella's branched-chain amino acid content.
Branched-chain amino acids are a collection of three amino acids that have been found to improve aerobic performance in various studies.
Scientific support for this benefit is limited but look encouraging.
Chlorella has been claimed to improve energy levels, liver health, digestion and symptoms of PMS. Nevertheless, the scientific evidence to conclusively prove these claims is ongoing.
Chlorella has been deemed "generally recognized as safe" by the FDA.
When taking Chlorella on its own, some people have experienced nausea and abdominal discomfort.
Since Chlorella affects the immune system, it may not be appropriate for people with immunodeficiency or on immune system medications.
Furthermore, it's important to keep in mind that dietary supplements may interact with some medications.