Chlorella gets its name from the Latin language “Chloros” meaning green, and “Ella” meaning little. It is blue/green in colour due to its high level of naturally green compound chlorophyll. Chlorella is thought to be one of the oldest plants on the earth, with evidence it has existed for over 3 billion years.
It was only discovered in the early 19th century after the microscope was invented. This is due to its particularly small size.
Chlorella is a single celled fresh water algae. Chlorella is a nutrient powerhouse naturally possessing vitamins A, B1, B2 ,B5, B6, B12, C, E, K, folic acid, biotin, inositol. It also contains minerals, calcium, potassium, magnesium, irons and phosphorus. In fact in just 3 tbsp you will receive 202% of your daily requirement for Iron, 287% of your Vitamin A, and 133% of your Zinc.
Here are some health benefits of Chlorella:
- Chlorella gives a real boost to your immune system. One study showed that after an 8 weeks stint of taking chlorella, the number and activity of natural killer (NK) cells in the immune system vastly improved.
- Chlorella has been used throughout history as an excellent protein source in times of famine. IN particular, during and after world war 2.
- Chlorella can help to detoxify the body, maintaining the health of the gallbladder, liver and kidneys. It can help to remove small amounts of toxic metals such as Cadmium, Mercury and Uranium from the body.
- Chlorella is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants prevent oxidative stress and free radical damage. Free radicals are thought to be the cause of premature ageing, arthritis and even cancer.