Chlorella is a green, single-celled algae cultivated in fresh water ponds.
It has the highest concentration of chlorophyll of any plant known in the world and has existed on the planet for at least 3 billion years!
It's one of the most potent nutritional foods you can consume, even though it's so small.
It contains protein, carbohydrates, the whole range of B vitamins, vitamin C and E, amino acids and trace minerals.
An excellent source of protein, it's a great supplement for people who cannot or do not want to eat meat. It contains more vitamin B12 than liver does, though may not be as easily assimilable as meat sources of B12. It's also a good source of betacarotene. It's virtually a complete food. When I was vegan (yes, I had my vegan years!) I took chlorella as a nutritional supplement.
Chlorella is taken to help boost the immune system and to help the body detoxify as well. It can help remove heavy metals from the bloodstream, especially when used in conjunction with fresh cilantro (also known for its heavy metal detoxifying effects).
It aids in cleansing of the bloodstream. It also contains high levels of RNA and DNA, and has been used in protecting against the effects of ultraviolet radiation.
It can be very helpful for digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
I've read that while growing, it quadruples approximately every 24 hours. Also that it also causes the friendly bacteria in our intestines to multiply at four times the rate of normal, which is why some people like to take it about a half hour before meals.
Other reported benefits include relief of bad breath and/or constipation and increased energy levels, which makes sense since it helps digestion and assimilation!
Chlorella is taken as a health supplement in the US, and in Japan as food supplement. Some tout its cancer-healing effects but according the American Cancer Institute there is no empirical evidence to support those claims. I would surmise though, that with chlorella's rich chlorophyll content, which is going to improve oxygenation in the body, support and help detoxify our blood, liver, and bowels, as well as help regulate a healthy pH level at the cellular level - it can help keep the body healthy in today's polluted environments and help make it less likely to develop cancer in the first place.
I also think it's a supplement worth considering on a candida cleanse, offering "leg up" on the healing process, helping the body come back toward a state of inner-balance. Of course I want my readers to embrace chlorophyll-rich foods in general. Yes, right, eat your greens! But there's nothing wrong with getting some extra help from a natural supplement.
It has a very strong, fibrous outer cell wall, which actually needs to be broken open for us to reap the benefits of this super-powerful plant, since we cannot digest the cell wall.
The cell wall contains a unique fiber not found in any other plant. This fiber is prized for its ability to bind with toxic substances such as heavy metals and carry them safely out of the body.
This is why you'll often see it labeled Cracked Cell Wall Chlorella or Broken Cell Wall Chlorella.
That's the only kind you want to get, otherwise your body will not be able to assimilate the nutrients.. You just buy it in powdered or encapsulated form and swallow it with some water.
Start with small doses, as its detoxifying effects could cause some "herx" effects.