One of the "big three" greens, chlorella is a nutrient dense algae that grows in freshwater sources. Like other algae it has many health benefits but with its hard cell wall it cannot be digested. Look for "cracked cell" sources for the best absorption and access to all its benefits.
Chlorella has an impressive nutrient profile and is full of protein, antioxidants, vitamin C, B9, B12, and a trace amount of minerals like, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper, and magnesium. With its diverse nutrient profile chlorella could have immune system support benefits. Some studies have shown an increase in the production of antibodies and an increase in natural killer cell activity when consuming chlorella.
One of chlorella's most interesting characteristics is its ability to chelate / bind to heavy metals. Some metals are important for health like zinc, copper, and magnesium. Other metals such as lead, arsenic, mercury, and cadmium have no beneficial role in health and are toxic when exposure is too high. Chlorella can help the body reduce absorption of toxic metals and support natural detoxification pathways. It has also been shown to reduce some harmful chemicals such as dioxin.
Along with nutritional benefits chlorella also has antioxidant potential. Like other marine algae sources it contains the antioxidant compounds chlorophylls, carotenoids, fatty acids, and polysaccharides. Studies show these bioactive compounds can have a positive benefit on lipids, blood pressure, the liver, and promote overall wellness.
Finally, for athletes chlorella may help support endurance and active lifestyles. In one study looking at young individuals, chlorella supplementation compared to placebo increased peak oxygen uptake during incremental maximal cycling efforts. They found chlorella to increase VO2 max of the individuals therefor increasing aerobic endurance capacity.
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Organic cracked wall chlorella can be found in our Essence Active Greens™ formula.
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