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Top 9 Health Benefits of Chlorella

by: Dr. Michael E. Rosenbaum

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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

Updated October 6, 2021 

It’s amazing what a little green algae can do to make your life sing! Chlorella is a single-celled green freshwater algae that is packed with nutritious benefits! In fact, chlorella is so nutritious it is considered to be a superfood and often referred to as the King of Superfoods. Here’s how this nutritional powerhouse can help you stay healthy in not just one or two different ways, but more than 9!

What makes chlorella so nutritious? Chlorella is considered a microalgae. This microalgae contains Vitamin A, Zinc, Iron, Magnesium, and B Vitamins. Chlorella contains so much in such a little amount, which is why it has so many amazing health benefits.

As a doctor who has practiced medicine for over three decades, I continue to be amazed at the broad spectrum and rich nutrition this little algal supplement offers us! If you’re eager to make some healthy changes in your life, chlorella is an unbeatable deal and an indispensable tool. 

Here are 9 different ways this nutritional powerhouse can help you stay healthy:

1. Helps Support the Body’s Natural Purification Process

Preliminary research suggests that chlorella may help the body’s natural purification process.  Your body naturally eliminates some stressors we face every day from the food we eat to the environment we live in. Aiding natural detoxification can lead to improved overall wellness and happiness. After all, who doesn't feel happier with less stressors affecting their body? [1] 

2. Supports a Healthy Immune System 

Chlorella has been shown to support your immune system in several ways. Nutrition researcher, Dr. Randall Merchant says, “The research I have been conducting at the Medical College of Virginia has convinced me that chlorella is clearly a powerful natural food you can take daily to support your immune system function.” Help the natural functions of your body perform better with the aiding hand of chlorella. [2]

3. May Support Red Blood Cell Formation 

Vitamin B12 and iron are essential for red blood cell formation. Blood cells are vital to your health as they carry oxygen and nutrients to every part of your body. Not only that, but Chlorella supports health on multiple fronts. It’s been linked to maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and healthy blood pressure levels already in the normal range, too. If you want help maintaining a healthy diet, chlorella might be what you’re looking for.

4. Supports Your Energy

Chlorella helps boost your energy by giving you the nourishment you need to ensure your body can perform at its best. 

To function properly and completely, your body needs constant maintenance and sustenance. Packed with useful vitamins and minerals, chlorella can assist you in obtaining all your essential nutrients. Give your body a little more of what it needs with chlorella. 

5. Gives You Glowing, Healthy-looking Skin

Chlorella’s unique growth factor (CGF) supports healthy regeneration at the cellular level. When you combine this with its high level of protective antioxidants (including the skin’s favorite, Vitamin A), people use it to support healthy looking skin. And packed with chlorophyll, another great antioxidant, chlorella can bring benefits to your skin that other products leave out. Show your skin some love by taking chlorella as a supplement.

6. Supports Eye Health

With its carotenoids like beta-carotene and lutein, chlorella may help benefit your overall eye health. 

According to the American Optometric Association, recent studies recommend 10 mg of lutein per day to keep your eyes healthy. [3] For every 3 grams of Sun Chlorella, you get 3 mg of lutein. Look to chlorella, because it just might help you look at everything else.

7. Supports Digestive System

Chlorella can help support a healthy digestive system. Taking 10 grams of chlorella a day has been shown in research to help reduce occasional cramps, gas, bloating and diarrhea. 

In a small study, when students at Mimasake Women’s College in Japan took chlorella, they increased the frequency of bowel movements and improved the softness of their stools.

Chlorella can aid the processes your body naturally goes through for digestion, helping you to feel healthier and happier throughout your day. 

8. Promotes a Healthy Liver

Your liver sequesters essential nutrients like B12, helps you metabolize fats and plays a key role in your body's natural detoxification process. So it’s important to keep this organ healthy - and chlorella can help!

9. Supports Blood Sugar

If you want additional support to maintain already normal blood sugar levels within the healthy range, chlorella can offer some peace of mind. A clinical study showed that chlorella intake of 800 mg per day resulted in noticeable reductions in fasting blood glucose levels! Help your normal blood sugar levels stay in their healthy range with the positive effects of chlorella. [6]

Potential Downsides

Chlorella is generally considered safe and is easily consumable. However, as with any new dietary addition, chlorella can cause potential discomfort for the first few weeks of consumption. This can include green discolored stool, stomach cramps, diarrhea, and nausea. Because chlorella is nature's richest source of naturally occurring green chlorophyll, If you do not regularly consume green vegetables in your diet, it is recommended to gradually work your way up to the daily serving. As always before starting any new health supplement, consult with your physician before consuming.

Get A Healthy Start With Sun Chlorella 

Chlorella may be tiny, but it can do more for you than most foods on the planet. By taking it every day, you can enjoy healthy digestion, support for your immune system, glowing skin, and much, much more.

It’s important to note, chlorella is naturally difficult to digest due to its tough outer cell wall and so all chlorella supplements must undergo a process in order to make them digestible. Sun Chlorella will always provide you the most digestible chlorella on the market. The degree of chlorella digestibility (thus the number of health benefits received) will depend on how the chlorella is processed. Some methods produce a cracked or broken cell wall. The only way to know if your body can truly digest most of a chlorella supplement is if it’s a pulverized cell wall chlorella. Sun Chlorella promises to pulverize the cell wall of the chlorella it provides you, so you can reap the benefits of the little green algae.

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Sources:
[1] Chlorella, Natural Medicinal Algae by Dr. David Steenblock, p. 20 referencing ‘Effect of chlorella on fecal and urinary excretion in “Itai-Itai”,' Japan Jrnl of Hyg. 1975, 30(10): pp. 77. 
[2] Drucker, Mark. Chlorella: The Key To health, Vitality and Longevity. Health and Happiness Publishing. 2002 Greenville, SC. p. 13. 
[3] Lutein and Zeaxanthin. American Optometric Website.
[4] Azocar, J et al. Efficacy and safety of Chlorella supplementation in adults with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. World J Gastroenterol. 2013 February 21; 19(7): 1085-1090 
[5] Jensen, Bernard. Chlorella: Gem of the Orient. 1987. p. 27 
[6] Mizoguchi T, et al: Nutrigenomics studies on effects of Chlorella on subjects with high risk factors for lifestyle-related disease. J Med Food 11:395-404, 2008