Superfood Portrait 3: Chlorella

chlorella

Chlorella is another of my favourite superfoods! It is absolutely amazing as it offers huge amounts of nutrition in very small servings.

 

What is it?

Chlorella is a blue-green, single cell algae that grows in fresh water.  It is very high in protein and contains all nine essential amino acids! It is a great source of magnesium, A, K, C, B, and E vitamins, as well as potassium, calcium, phosphorus, folic acid, zinc, iron, magnesium and lutein.

Chlorella is also extraordinarily rich in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll boosts the immune system, supports the growth and repair of tissues, purifies the breath and body odours, supports a healthy digestion, cleanses the liver, intestines and blood, and it optimizes oxygen in the blood.

 

A powerful detoxifier

The main difference between Spirulina and Chlorella is that the latter is a richer source of chlorophyll, which makes it wonderful for cleansing and detoxing. As a powerful detoxifier, Chlorella cleanses the body by binding to toxins and carrying them out of our system. Chlorella will help your body get rid of chemicals and heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminium, barium, and eliminates other pollutants such as dioxides. If you have had mercury fillings in your teeth, have received vaccinations, have flown on an airplane, have eaten fish, have filled your car up with petrol at a service station, have been exposed to radiation, or have undergone chemotherapy, you have heavy metals in your body. Heavy metal toxicity can have a seriously negative impact on your overall health and wellbeing, so it is better to kick them out of your body!

 

How to use it

Chlorella can be found in its pure powder form but if you don’t like the taste like I do, you can use tablets, which will do the job too.

If you take the daily amount in one go, it is better to take it 30 minutes before breakfast.

If you take it several times a day, take the remaining dosage ½ hour before meals.

Drink a big glass of water with Chlorella.

You can use Chlorella in combination with Spirulina, Ginseng or Rhodiola.

You can sprinkle the powder in your smoothies or juices, in your pesto, guacamole, soups, dips, stir-fries…

 

Notes:

1. Chlorella has a hard indigestible cell wall that needs to be open gently, in order to protect the nutrients. Make sure that the one you buy has not been chemically bleached. Ask at your health shop.

2. Because of its powerful detoxifying properties, you might experience detox symptoms, especially if you don’t eat a lot of greens. Start with a small dose for the first week and increase as you go. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water to help your body flush out all the toxins!

 

 

 

 

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