Chlorella, also known as “sun chlorella” is a simple algae that offers a complex variety of benefits. The Japanese have been hip to chlorella for years, but it’s only caught on in the Western markets more recently. Chlorella is an excellent source of Vitamin B-12 (usually only found in proteins), B-1 and B-2, folic acid, and Vitamins C and K.
Now that the plant has grown in popularity there has been increased research into it’s effectiveness in treating a wide variety of ailments. Among the benefits researchers found that chlorella:
· Boosts antibodies in nursing mothers
· Helps the body to detox mercury and other heavy metals
· Helps to regulate high blood pressure
· Helps to regulate insulin levels in diabetics
· Lowers cholesterol
· Helps in the treatment of fibromyalgia
· Increase memory and focus
· Promotes growth and repair of tissues
On Dr. Mercola’s website, www.mercola.com , he writes:
“One of the reasons the Japanese value chlorella so highly is its natural detoxification abilities. Chlorella is a “green food,” a single-celled, micro-algae that is about two to ten microns in size. It’s very small. It is this small size combined with its unique properties that make it such a useful detoxification tool. Its molecular structure, allows it to bond to metals, chemicals and some pesticides.”
It is interesting to note that the chlorella molecules only bind to toxic metals and not to the minerals that are good for humans. Now, because of its powerful detoxification abilities and immune enhancing components, it is thought that regular use of chlorella may reduce the risk of all types of cancer.