Chlorella is a freshwater algae which grows in ponds and lakes in Southeast Asia and Australia.
Chlorella is used as a nutritional supplement, which is available in tablet, liquid and powder form.
The whole of the plant is used in the production of these supplements and medicine, as it is nutrient-dense.
Chlorella supplements are great for those looking to add more healthy greens to their diet.
What is the difference between chlorella and spirulina?
These two superfoods are in fact very similar since they are closely related.
Both chlorella and spirulina come from a tiny, single cell algae and have high levels of protein, vitamins and minerals.
They both harness energy from sunlight to fuel their growth. However, they do have some key differences, including their structure and how they work in the body.
Chlorella is a vivid green algae which has around 10 times more chlorophyll than spirulina which makes it very efficient when it comes to detoxifying.
Spirulina is a blue green algae which is not as old a species as chlorella.
They can be taken as supplements independently or combined together to make the most of the nutrients contained in each one.
Green Origins Chlorella & Spirulina Tablets are 100% pure chlorella and spirulina tablets, with no other added ingredients – they really don’t need anything else!
The vitamin B12 in these tablets contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system while the iron content contributes to healthy immune system functioning and energy-yielding metabolism.
What benefits does Chlorella have?
Chlorella has become popular as a superfood in recent years thanks to its high content of nutrients.
However it was first discovered as a superfood in the 1940s, when it was thought it could be a cheap source of protein, when other foods were scarce.
Chlorella is an excellent source of protein, with up to 70% protein content as well as containing all nine essential amino acids.
This makes it especially useful as part of a vegan diet. Vegans can sometimes find it difficult to achieve the daily recommendations for protein intake, as protein is often gained from meat, fish and dairy products in a carnivorous diet. And so taking a chlorella supplement regularly will help to achieve this.
Chlorella is also rich in iron. Iron is important to normal functioning of haemoglobin, which transports oxygen in the blood.
Iron also has a part to play in lots of other processes in the body, including energy production and the regulation of body temperature.
Again, an iron supplement may be useful to someone following a plant-based diet since it can be difficult to get through eating plant based food alone.
How can I take Chlorella?
Chlorella can be added to a balanced diet in a supplement form, which you can either take as capsules, tablets or as a powder.
Holland & Barrett Chinese Chlorella are chlorella tablets which work to enhance vitality and energy.
These tablets are rich in chlorophyll, which is the part of the chlorella plant which absorbs sunlight during photosynthesis and converts it to energy.
Naturya Organic Chlorella Powder is an easy way to incorporate chlorella into your daily balanced diet.
Add this supplement to a smoothie or drink with water. You can also add it to salad dressings and baked goods for a nutritional boost.
High in protein, vitamin E and iron, this supplement can act as a pick me up, as it contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Holland & Barrett Super Greens Capsules contain both chlorella and spirulina as well as spinach, alfalfa, kale and wheatgrass.
Recommended chlorella dosage
There are currently no dietary recommendations for taking chlorella so ensure that you read the label on each individual supplement and follow the recommended dosage, to avoid taking more than is advised.
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