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Chlorella seaweed, its fabulous benefits

by Georgia Ede
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What is Chlorella?

The Chlorella vulgaris is a unicellular microscopic algae, ie a single cell, is round and emerged millions of years ago on our planet. Considered a superfood, it is part of our usual diet, like other algae. For its part, Chlorella is an algae that competes in characteristics with spirulina, due to its similarity in properties and benefits .

If you have doubts about which of them to introduce in your diet, we invite you to read this post, although we can be sure that you will end up including both for their multiple benefits in our health . If you want more information about this microalgae that has so much to offer you.

It was given this name because it is the plant with the highest amount of chlorophyll on earth, hence its dark green color. Through photosynthesis, Chlorella, like other plants, converts inorganic chemicals into organic matter thanks to sunlight.

To understand the properties of Chlorella we must know that it has two layers, an outer one that covers it and protects the inner structures and also protects the nutrients in the water, because Chlorella retains, absorbs and retains all the nutrients inside, which makes it in a superfood given its nutritional quality .

The problem is that when it was discovered, it was not known how to decompose the dry cell structure in order to reach the internal parts where its properties are located, which is why it did not begin to be commercialized until the 1980s.

What does Chlorella vulgaris give us?

This algae is rich in minerals, essential and non-essential amino acids, nucleic acid, chlorophyll, it provides us with proteins of high biological value that are easy to digest for the body, which makes it a good alternative for those who practice veganism or vegetarians, to make up for possible protein deficiencies.

It also provides us with enzymes, sterols and polysaccharides among other nutritional factors.

If you are interested in vegetarian diets, here are some reasons why. Or the raw vegan diet , a bet for better health.

If, on the other hand, you do not want to go to extremes, we offer you the latest fad in diets, the Flexitarian diet , a flexible diet in which plant origin predominates, without forgetting the importance of the healthiest products of animal origin.

What is Chlorella used for? Is it useful to lose weight?

The most widespread use of Chlorella algae is to detoxify the body of heavy metals such as mercury, a powerful neurotoxin responsible for many pathologies.

Mercury primarily damages the brain, central nervous system, and kidneys, being especially dangerous for pregnant women, infants, and children.

Mercury is present in fish and other foods, but there is no need to be alarmed, we can clean the body correctly by eating well and drinking water.

Also, if we combine it with supplements of this type, we will achieve a total detoxification.

It is not exactly a supplement intended for weight loss but it improves digestion, which can contribute to a better state of health that favors the correct elimination of waste substances and toxins that may be causing swelling and retention overweight.

Benefits of Chlorella Vulgaris Alga

  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Detoxifying the body, it even works by fighting residual toxins from radioactivity.
  • Provides energy and stamina.
  • Combat premature brain aging by improving memory.
  • It has a strong antioxidant action, which is why it delays the premature aging of cells.
  • Maintains blood pressure levels.
  • Muscularly, it maintains stable muscle structures and strengthens the joints.
  • It facilitates our digestive system, the tasks of digestion of food and relieves constipation.
  • It stimulates the processes of cell and tissue repair and recovery, therefore it favors the healing of wounds and ulcers.

Composition and nutritional value of Chlorella

Nutritional compositionNutritional values
Energy per 100gr400 kcal
Fats12 gr
Of which saturated2 gr
. of which polyunsaturated8,5 gr
Carbohydrates5,8 gr
. of which sugars1,2 gr
Protein60,5 gr
Dietary fiber9,4 gr
Football320 mg
Iron120 mg
Magnesium330 mg
Zinc1 mg
Potassium950 mg
Sodium34 mg
Match1500 mg
Vitamin A108 mg
Vitamin B11,82 mg
Vitamin B24,52 mg
Vitamin B61,81 mg
C vitamin7 mg
Vitamin E5 mg
Folic acid2,9 mg

Chlorella and Spirulina

Although it is true that they have uses that are, at the same time, similar and different, their properties may be similar but each one acts in a different way, both have multiple beneficial properties for our health , so whether you decide to supplement with one or with another you will have made a good choice, and I think it is better if you decide on both.

Remember to check among its benefits , those that best suit you and choose the one that suits you best. Both are healthy and safe products, although they can have side effects .

If you want to know more in depth the properties of Spirulina Alga,  here we offer you all the information.

How to take Chlorella; daily dose and where to buy it?

Chlorella is an alga that, although a priori does not usually present problems derived from its consumption, not even when consumed in large quantities, but even though it is a natural food and not a medicine, we must take precautions about the dose we use.

The nutritional supplements of this microalgae recommend that the daily dose be about 2 grams per day divided into two or three differentiated intakes, always accompanied by water or any other liquid and if possible   not  together with meals , since the absorption of amino acids is older on an empty stomach.

We remind you that you can find it in capsules , in powder or even in liquid form ; both in pharmacies and herbalists or stores specialized in nutrition.

As we always recommend, try to buy these supplements in trusted places or from recognized brands to avoid possible problems derived from falsification or alteration of the components.

Chlorella vulgaris side effects

No serious side effects related to the consumption of this microalgae have been described, although there are those who report that they have suffered the following symptoms that could be related to its consumption, although it has not been proven.

  • Gas and flatulence.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Sickness.
  • Greenish stools
  • Stomach spasms
  • Problems in people sensitive to iodine.

It is not recommended for use in pregnant people, during lactation or in children.

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