Chlorella is a powerful green superfood with many scientifically studied health benefits. It is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world.
Chlorella can wrap itself around even stubborn toxins residing in our bodies and remove them. It also helps to regulate hormones and metabolism, improve circulation, and promote higher levels of energy.
This algae can also be used to increase “good” bacteria in the intestine in order to improve digestion and to help treat ulcers and other intestinal diseases.
Impressive, right? But that’s not all. It may also help to reduce weight and body fat.
By taking the initiative to incorporate such beautifully simple and rich food into our diet, we are unlocking our potential for long term health and wellbeing.
No wonder a lot of people are thinking of adding chlorella to their diets and benefit from all its goodness.
When buying chlorella for the first time, these are the top 5 chlorella FAQs we always get asked by our customers:
How do you consume chlorella?
If you're taking chlorella tablets, your work is already done. Just take them with some water.
If you've bought chlorella powder instead, there are many ways to add it to your daily regimen. Read our blog “Our 5 favourite chlorella recipes” for some simple and delicious ideas.
Be aware that chlorella should not be heated. Many of the nutrients are lost if they are cooked in high temperatures. It is best to add them to smoothies, fresh homemade drinks, cereals, salads and porridge.
Coffee or tea are not recommended to be taken at the same time as they are considered pungent foods. To avoid damaging of the nutrients, it’s better to take Chlorella with water.
It is also important to verify that you consume chlorella that has been harvested from a pure source, and not mass-produced in contaminated waters.
What are the differences between chlorella and spirulina?
Chlorella and spirulina are both very popular and share many similar characteristics. They look similar and taste similar while also bolstering a distinctive set of precious health benefits.
So it is no surprise that we often get asked what the main differences between chlorella and spirulina are, especially by customers wishing to know which one would benefit them the most.
Clearly these superfoods are similar, but the truth is that spirulina and chlorella have altogether different nutrient profiles.
Chlorella's green colour shows that it’s richer in chlorophyll than spirulina and makes it more suitable for detox purposes.
Chlorella contains more iron than spirulina. Spirulina contains more protein than chlorella.
Chlorella contains a special Growth Factor which can help repair damage to nerve tissue and is ideal for those with degenerative brain and nerve disorders. Spirulina is a better source of GLA (gamma-linoleic acid), a ‘good’ fat that is essential for healthy brain and heart function.
Are there any side effects of taking chlorella?
In some rare cases, chlorella can cause side effects in some individuals. Most of these side effects are typical to any detoxification program.
The most common side effects include nausea, diarrhea, sensitivity to sunlight, gas (flatulence), green discoloration of the stools, stomach cramping, headaches, vertigo, and shaking. These are more likely to happen especially in the first week of use.
Those with auto-immune diseases should consult their doctor first as chlorella can increase immune function and may make these conditions worse.
Individuals that are allergic to iodine should consult with their doctors as well, prior to using chlorella.
Take only the recommended dosage listed on the label.
Is it suitable for children or pregnant women?
A Japanese study with healthy pregnant women found that taking 6,000 mg of chlorella per day during pregnancy significantly reduced the amount of dioxins in breast milk compared to those not taking chlorella (a 40% reduction). The study also showed an added immune benefit in that the SIGA of women taking chlorella was higher in their breast milk. This means their children got better quality immune support.
When it comes to giving chlorella to children, it’s important to mention that it can't replace an overall approach to healthy eating. However, with its dense nutritional profile of protein, vitamin C, B vitamins, beta-carotene, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and chlorophyll, chlorella can add an extraordinary nutritional punch to your children's diet.
Chlorella contains Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) which is well known for having potential growth stimulating properties. Therefore, it can be used to boost rapid growth in children with growth disorders.
How should I store chlorella?
When storing chlorella, keep in mind that direct sunshine and moisture can damage chlorella. It’s recommended to keep it in a cool and dark place (cupboard, drawer etc.).
Our customers always ask if it is necessary to put it into the refrigerator which is not the case with this superfood.