Chlorella emerged over 2 billion years ago, and was the first form of a plant with a well-defined nucleus. Unlike Spirulina, Chlorella is a spherical shaped, single-celled microorganism. Chlorella grows in fresh water and is extremely small, with each chlorella cell being a mere two to eight microns wide.
Chlorella is used as a nutritional supplement. It is also thought to boost the immune system and help fight infection. It has been shown to increase the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, which helps to treat ulcers, colitis, diverticulosis and Crohn’s disease. It is also used to treat constipation,fibromyalgia, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Chlorella has been used to treat cancer and also help protect the body from the effects of cancer radiation treatment.
Helps Keep Blood Pressure in Check
Chlorella supplements could help promote heart and kidney health, which is essential for normal blood pressure.
In one study, people with mildly high blood pressure took four grams of chlorella daily for 12 weeks.
By the end, these people had lower blood pressure readings than participants who took the placebo.
Another small study in healthy men showed that taking chlorella supplements was linked to less stiffness of the arteries, a factor that affects blood pressure.
One theory to explain this is that some of chlorella’s nutrients, including arginine, potassium, calcium and omega-3s, help protect arteries from hardening.
Promotes Weight Loss
Losing weight is difficult, especially as we age. In a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers state, “Chlorella intake resulted in noticeable reductions in body fat percentage, serum total cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose levels.”
Chlorella benefits you by helping to regulate hormones, helping with metabolism, improving circulation and promoting higher levels of energy. It also helps to reduce weight and body fat, and removes stored toxins.
Detoxifies Heavy Metals
If you have mercury fillings in your teeth, have been vaccinated, eat fish regularly, have been exposed to radiation or consume foods from China, you may have heavy metals lurking in your body. It is important for your overall health and wellness to be proactive in detoxing heavy metals and toxins.
One of chlorella’s most significant health benefits is that it wraps itself around even stubborn toxins residing in our bodies, such as lead, cadmium, mercury and uranium, and keeps them from being reabsorbed. Regular consumption of chlorella can even help keep heavy metals from accumulating in our bodies’ soft tissues and organs in the first place.
Supports Your Immune System
Research published in 2012 in the Nutrition Journal found that after 8 weeks of chlorella intake, NK cell activity improved. Researchers from the Yonsei University in Seoul Korea studied healthy individuals and their immune system’s response to chlorella supplements.
The results showed that chlorella supports a healthy immune system response and helps “natural killer” cell activity.
Anti-Aging and Longevity
Furthermore, studies have shown that in healthy human cells, Chlorella exerts a protective effect against free radical and oxidative stress damage, which are known to cause aging; and in older or already damaged cells, it exhibits bioremedial effects, meaning that it works to repair telomeres and damaged parts of the cellular DNA from the inside out.
This means that, according to existing medical knowledge, one of Chlorella’s benefits is that it should theoretically extend lifespan when taken regularly, although no extended human trials have taken place to date.