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Chlorella: The Superfood Your Entire Family Should Be Eating
Chlorella contains nutrients to support your well being at every age and life-style. Learn how your entire family can benefit from chlorella's nutrition.
By Brandi Black, RHN
You want the best nutrition for your family. However, making sure each of your family members has their unique nutrient needs met can seem overwhelming. Perhaps your son is not eating enough vegetables (something a lot of us can relate to).
Each of your family members will have unique nutritional needs to achieve their optimal health and wellness, but how do you go about meeting such a wide variety of needs?
While there's no "one size fits all" meal plan, or nutritional supplement, there is one green superfood that comes pretty close, Chlorella pyrenoidosa. Chlorella is a single-celled, green algae that has a lot of amazing health benefits. There are many strains of chlorella (such as chlorella vulgaris), but chlorella pyrenoidosa is known to be the superior species of chlorella. Here’s how it can play a big part in keeping your family happy and healthy.
How Chlorella May Help Support Your Family’s Nutrition Plan
Keeping your family healthy can be hard. Walking down the supplement aisle of your local health food store isn't an easy feat when you're bombarded with bottles claiming to be the next best superfood. Besides, ending up with a massive collection of ¾ full vitamin bottles that your family still haven't finished 1 year later isn’t beneficial for their health or your wallet.
So, why should you add yet another superfood or nutritional supplement to your cupboard?
There's a good reason why people all over the world are starting to take chlorella. Chlorella can be taken by everyone from teens to moms and grandparents.
Ok, let’s get to it! Here’s why chlorella is one of the only superfoods that can meet your family's different nutritional needs at once- including your pets!
Chlorella Helps Support Your Immune System
As a superfood, chlorella provides several antioxidant vitamins, such as beta-carotene, which supports your body’s natural purification process.
Chlorella is a source of nucleic acids found in a substance called Chlorella Growth Factor (or CGF), which help to support cellular repair and regeneration. And the healthier your cells are, the stronger your immune system will be for all ages.
We naturally produce RNA and DNA from the moment we're born, but as we get older, we produce less. As you can guess, it's critical to obtain nucleic acids from dietary sources.
Chlorella May Help Keep Gums and Teeth Healthy
As explained by Dr. Mark Drucker, people take chlorella for countless reasons, including their dental health. The reason why chlorella may help keep your family's teeth and gums healthy is because it contains chlorophyll. Chlorophyll may help to freshen breath and keep teeth and gums healthy.
Dr. Drucker explains the results of a study done on chlorophyll and dental health. “In a study conducted at the Nebraskan orphanage, Boy's Town, 589 boys took part in a "toothbrushing experiment". One group of boys used regular toothpaste dyed green with food coloring while the other group brushed with toothpaste spiked with chlorophyll. The group brushing with chlorophyll had a 58-70% improvement in dental health. This contrasts dramatically with the 28% improvement experienced by the non-chlorophyll group."
Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives plants their green color and can act like an antioxidant in the body. The darker green a plant is, the more chlorophyll it contains. Chlorella is one of the highest food sources of this nutrient.
Using chlorella to support your family's dental health (including your pets!) can be done by adding Sun Chlorella® powder to your toothpaste, by taking Sun Chlorella tablets or granules as a whole food supplement each day, and by rewarding your pet with Rejuv-A-Wafers® pet treats made from chlorella.
Chlorella May Help With Energy Levels
Personally, I think everyone in my family could do with a little more energy- what about you?
Due to chlorella's ability to support your body's normal detoxification process, it's a superfood you'll want to include in your green juices or smoothies to enhance their nutritional value and energy boosting benefits.
Chlorella also contains several essential vitamins, minerals and nucleic acids needed for energy including active B12: the form of vitamin B12 your body can readily use to support your energy level. Active B12 is typically found in animal products such as meat, chicken, eggs and dairy products, which is why chlorella is an ideal supplement for those who follow a vegan or vegetarian diet to meet their B12 needs as chlorella is the only plant source containing active B12.
As a superfood supplement, chlorella is more than a vitamin or mineral. It may support your family's health on countless levels and deliver a dose of nutrition that every life stage can benefit from. Whether it's your teenager, puppy or senior pet, or mother or great-grandmother, chlorella offers your family the balanced combination of essential nutrients needed for vitality, energy, and good quality of life.
Important Note About Chlorella Supplements
Not all chlorella supplements are created equal. Due to chlorella's unique make-up, it has an outer shell that is indigestible by humans and must undergo processing so we can absorb its powerful health benefits. Some varieties of chlorella may use processing techniques that expose chlorella to chemicals and high temperatures. This damages chlorella's delicate nutrients.
When choosing a chlorella supplement, the highest quality chlorella supplements will be:
Pulverized Cell (Using Pressure Instead of Heat and Chemicals)
A pulverized cell wall supplement is dramatically more bioavailable than others whose process suggests broken or cracked chlorella cell wall. Pulverization techniques, such as DYNO®-Mill processing, breaks down chlorella's tough cell wall using only pressure, which increases chlorella's digestibility.
Tested for Heavy Metals
Chlorella can absorb heavy metals if they're present in the water it's grown in. It's important to choose a chlorella supplement that undergoes regular heavy metal batch testing.
Packed in Safe Packaging
Many types of packaging contain BPA, an endocrine disrupting toxin found in plastic, which can contaminate the chlorella supplement.
Free from Fillers and Additives
The last thing your body needs is unnecessary additives in the chlorella supplement you're taking. High quality chlorella supplements are free from fillers and additives, such as magnesium stearate.
At Sun Chlorella USA, we take pride in our chlorella supplements because they meet- and surpass- all of these guidelines and more. Learn more about the Sun Chlorella difference.
Brandi Black, RHN
Brandi Black is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist from Vancouver, B.C. Experiencing her own health challenges at a young age led her to become passionate about educating on the healing properties of food, and how to achieve hormone balance, clear skin and sustainable weight loss naturally. In her spare time you'll find Brandi writing in her blog and hanging out with her teacup chihuahua, Coconut.