Chlorella is one of the most popular superfoods with numerous health benefits. It is a single-celled green algae that grows in fresh water. The composition of the plant contains a huge amount of useful substances that make chlorella a cure for many diseases.
Chlorella is the oldest plant, but its scientific discovery took place in 1890. Biologist M.V. Beijerink found that this small algae is rich in nutrients. However, scientists did not pay attention to the biologist’s discovery, so chlorella was forgotten until 1950, when it was possible to clean many areas of soil from radiation after nuclear bombings in Japan. Since 1950, chlorella has been released to the world market. Japanese manufacturers began to produce powders and tablets based on the plant, introducing a new superfood.
Composition of chlorella
Chlorella is the most nutritious green in the world. In terms of nutrients, it surpasses broccoli, spinach. The plant contains:
- protein (consists of 50-70%);
- vitamin A (96% of the daily value in 10 g);
- healthy fats;
- iron (67% of the daily norm in 10 g);
- B vitamins;
- zinc, magnesium, selenium.
The plant contains about 40 essential and non-essential amino acids. This makes chlorella popular with vegans and vegetarians who don’t get their protein from animal foods.
Chlorella gained popularity due to its many beneficial properties. The plant has a pronounced antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, strengthening effect. Algae cleanses the body of toxins and toxins, normalizes the digestive process.
Useful properties of chlorella:
- strengthens the immune system, increases resistance to infectious diseases;
- normalizes blood glucose levels;
- prevents the formation of cholesterol plaques and atherosclerosis;
- reduces weight, reduces appetite;
- slows down the aging of the body, neutralizes free radicals;
- accelerates tissue repair and wound healing;
- stimulates metabolism;
- slows down the growth of tumors.
Chlorella is used for general strengthening of the body and for certain diseases. So far, only traditional medicine approves it, but algae-based supplements are also recommended by doctors who adhere to traditional methods of treatment.
Due to its numerous beneficial properties, the plant is used by nutritionists, athletes and even astronauts.
- To strengthen immunity
Numerous studies have shown that vitamin C and fatty acids present in the composition contribute to strengthening the immune system. Tests have shown that 80% of people after two weeks of supplementation with chlorella decreased susceptibility to viruses and bacteria.
- For weight loss
Chlorella normalizes metabolism, reduces appetite. This promotes healthy weight loss without harm to health. A large amount of protein in the composition protects the muscles from destruction during weight loss and intense training.
When losing weight, it is important to get rid of toxins and toxins, which evergreen algae does an excellent job of. It helps the body get rid of not only excess weight, but also the factors that provoke its set.
- To strengthen the cardiovascular system
The composition of chlorella includes complex sugars that strengthen the connective tissue, making it elastic and elastic. The walls of blood vessels become stronger, the risk of inflammation is reduced, which is especially important in old age and in diseases of the cardiovascular system.
Seaweed contains omega-3 fatty acids, which prevent an increase in bad cholesterol levels. The plant prevents the formation of platelets, provoking the formation of blood clots.
- Prolongs youth
One of the beneficial properties of the plant is to slow down the aging process. Having an antioxidant effect, chlorella neutralizes free radicals that are formed due to malnutrition, the negative effects of the environment.
The vitamins contained in chlorella protect cells from oxidative processes. It helps to prolong youth by protecting organs from the damaging effects of free radicals.
- Reduces the risk of developing cancer
Cancer cells living in the body are waiting for a certain «push» to begin active division and reproduction. Chlorella helps prevent this process. It strengthens the immune system and removes heavy metals. This is an excellent prevention of oncological formations.
Contraindications and side effects
Before you start taking chlorella, study the list of contraindications:
- pregnancy and lactation;
- violation of iron metabolism;
- autoimmune diseases;
- increased blood clotting;
- resistance to iodine.
In most cases, chlorella is well tolerated by the body. Rarely, there are negative reactions from the gastrointestinal tract: nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, increased flatulence.
How to take
A feature of chlorella is the absence of a specific taste. It does not bitter, does not impair the taste of products.
It is advisable to take the plant one hour after taking any medication. Also, it should not be taken at the same time as vitamin C. Take capsules and tablets with warm or cool water. The powder can be dissolved in juice or water, added to food. It is important that drinks or food are not hot.
The daily dosage is 4 to 8 grams. It depends on the purpose of the reception. If chlorella is used for general strengthening of the body, then 4 grams is enough. To remove heavy metals from the body, consume 8 grams of chlorella.
Which is better: chlorella or spirulina?
Along with chlorella, spirulina is popular. These are two aquatic plants containing a large amount of nutrients. Spirulina is used as an aid to starving children in third world countries. The use of this plant eliminates nutritional deficiencies, including vitamin A, the lack of which leads to blindness.
In terms of nutrient content, chlorella is superior to spirulina. And if you take these plants together, then the benefits will be much greater.
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