Chlorella is an alga from Asia that grows in fresh water. It was discovered by the microbiologist Martinus Willem Beijerinck in 1890, however, his research shows that its origin dates back more than 600 million years, being considered one of the first green plants that emerged on earth.
Among its most outstanding features, it is found a high percentage of chlorophyll, being the food that contains the most amount in the world. Dr. Richard Willstätter proved that the molecules that make up chlorophyll are very similar to those of hemoglobin (pigment contained in our red blood cells). Hemoglobin and chlorophyll are similar in the central ring (porphyrin) with the difference that chlorophyll is continued by a long chain called phyllil. What gives the characteristic color to hemoglobin is an iron atom found in the center of the porphyrin ring. In chlorophyll, however, we find magnesium in the center of the ring. This similarity makes chlorophyll, and by extension chlorella, a powerful tonic for the blood, cleaning it of toxins and regenerating it.
This purifying power is the reason why the chlorella superfood is highly recommended by nutritionists when it comes to making a detox diet. You can prepare a smoothie every morning with apple, carrot, cucumber, celery, lemon juice and chlorella algae and you will have a powerful detoxifier that will help you cleanse important organs such as the kidney or the liver.
Properties of chlorella superfood
In addition to helping in the purification processes of the organism, this alga is considered an effective remedy for the prevention of a wide variety of conditions, being used even for the treatment of cancer.
The properties that are attributed to this precious superfood are briefly summarized below.
Detoxifies the organism
As we mentioned, it is one of the most purifying foods that exist. Eliminates heavy materials and toxins that can cause the malfunction of our organs.
Boosts the immune system
Chlorella has a growth-promoting substance called CGF (Chlorella Growth Factor). Thanks to this, it stimulates the repair of cells and tissues, including the development of defensive cells that help us to protect ourselves from possible damages that may lead to diseases.
Combats gastrointestinal problems
The Growth Factor of Chlorella also helps the growth of aerobic bacteria in the intestine, thereby improving digestive and intestinal function. It is widely used, for example, in cases of constipation.
This superfood has a high content of antioxidants that help fight oxidative stress and delay the aging process.
Regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels
Several studies have shown that chlorella consumption helps reduce the amount of sugar and cholesterol in the blood.
Assists in cases of anemia
As we said, the molecules of chlorophyll are very similar to those of the hemoglobin in our red blood cells. This means that, once the substance is absorbed, it activates the metabolism, stimulating the formation of red blood cells and becoming a great ally to fight anemia.
Protects from bad breath
Another benefit that chlorophyll provides is the elimination of substances that cause halitosis. In the same way it also reduces the smell of urine or feces.
Provides energy and vitality
Chlorella is also rich in protein of high quality vegetable origin and easy assimilation, which increases energy levels and reduces tiredness or fatigue.