Over the last few years, as we become more conscious of our health and the impact of modern living on our bodies, numerous new ‘superfoods’, like Chlorella, have become popular.
Many of these are existing fruits, vegetables or spices, whose health-boosting properties have newly come to light.
Some of these superfoods like Chlorella or Spirulina are almost totally new to our kitchen shelves.
In this article we’ll be taking a closer look at one of these new superfoods, Chlorella, and discussing how you can use it in your diet.
What is Chlorella?
Chlorella, a native Japanese fresh-water microalgae, is probably the most researched algae in the world.
Thought to be well over 2-and-a-half billion years old, it’s one of the oldest forms of life on earth.
Recently it has emerged as a ‘super’ superfood, thanks to its exceptional nutritional value.
In fact, it contains such high quantities of protein, amino acids, vitamins and other trace minerals that it has gained unofficial status as a ‘near-perfect’ food.
Why Would I Take Chlorella?
Chlorella is becoming increasingly popular, not least because of its high density of protein and essential vitamins.
Many people just use it as a simple supplement, to get in an extra daily punch of vitamins, but many studies indicate a wide variety of other health benefits related to consuming chlorella.
The website Green Med Info lists over 40 conditions that Chlorella may be able to ease, prevent, or even cure.
- Anxiety and depression
- Liver disease
Several studies have even shown chlorella may be an effective way of treating certain types of cancer, particularly liver cancers.
More generally, it is reported to have a large number of other positive effects on your body including:
- Purifying the blood
- Aids in weight-loss
- Natural anti-ager
- Reducing blood pressure
- Enhancing your immune system
- improving digestion
- Increasing energy levels/metabolism
- Promotes healthy PH levels in the gut
- Removes potentially toxic heavy metals from your system
- Can even help reduce bad breath and body odours
Pretty powerful stuff!
It’s no wonder that it’s fast becoming a staple for anyone health-conscious.
But as with any supplement, it’s important to know what and how to take it properly.
How to Take Chlorella
How much should I take?
Before taking any supplement, you should speak to your nutritionist or doctor, especially if you are pregnant, have a heart condition or are on medication.
Whether you buy Chlorella in powdered or tablet form, the supplier should have indicated a recommended daily dose on the label.
In case they don’t, here’s a more general guide to dosages of chlorella you can use, depending on the form you buy it in.
Adults: 3-4 grams daily (1-2 teaspoons)
Children: 1-2 grams daily (1 teaspoon)
Tablets (500mg each)
Adults: 6-8 tablets
Children: 2-4 tablets
Capsules (600mg each)
Adults: 5-7 caps
How to Eat Chlorella
If you’ve opted to take Chlorella in either capsule or tablet form, as many people do, you won’t need much instruction here!
Simply take your dose with some liquid, either water or juice is best, around half an hour before a meal.
If you’ve chosen to go with powdered Chlorella, you may have to make a little more effort to include it in your diet, but it will be well worth it.
You can try mixing it straight into water or juice and drinking it, although you may not find this the most appetising way of getting Chlorella into your diet.
One of our favourite ways to do this was to add a couple of teaspoons to reduced-sugar coconut water.
Probably the most popular method of taking chlorella is to mix it into a smoothie for a protein-packed energy-booster in the mornings.
We’ve put together a few of our favourite recipes for Chlorella smoothies here, which should give you a place to start.
Other people find that it’s good to just sprinkle straight over your cereal, salads or porridge.
If you eat a lot of salad (or are planning to), try whipping together a simple salad dressing and include a couple of teaspoons of Chlorella.