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7 Reasons Why Your Workout Needs Chlorella
By Aiko Jin
There are endless benefits to regular exercise, such as building muscle and losing fat. But it’s not just about how much we move. What we eat is also a critical factor for making sure we gain these benefits.
To stoke our motivation, support our metabolism, and sustain our energy for exercise, we need the right fuel to power our workout. That means lean protein, healthy fats, and plenty of vitamins and minerals.
A variety of foods can provide this fuel supply, but many of these nutrients can also be found in a single plant: an algae known as chlorella.
1. Fuel Up
Several nutritional factors in chlorella help keep us healthy, active, and strong. Chlorella contains vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D and a significant source of iron.
2. May Support Exercise and Respiration
It’s hard to exercise if you easily run out of steam. A small preliminary study showed that continuous chlorella intake may improve aerobic exercise capacity.
One double-blind study analyzed that 6 young males without a history of regular exercise habits were able to increase their maximum oxygen intake significantly when they took chlorella. The chlorella group was measured against another group of males who were given a placebo. Both groups were put on a three week regimen of high intensity interval training (HIIT). While all the men in the study saw benefits from the exercise, the subjects in the chlorella group saw noticeable improvements in both anaerobic and aerobic exercise capacity compared to the placebo group.
3. Athletic Performance
Chlorella provides quality nutrition in a convenient supplement.
Of course, you can also get most of these same nutrients from other sources. However, what you can’t find anywhere else is chlorella growth factor (CGF). This nucleotide-peptide complex of nucleic acids allows this algae to multiply at an astounding rate. When ingested, CGF can help cellular repair and renewal for support in muscle recovery and tissue repair. It may even boost stamina.
Author: Aiko Jin
Aiko Jin is a fitness enthusiast, tea drinker and nap lover. When she's not catching some zzz’s you can find her catching some California waves.