October 25, 2016 By: Molly W. Nutritionist B.S., M.S., Superfood lover, Sunfoodie
4 Benefits of Chlorella You Might Not Know About
There’s a good chance that you’ve heard about chlorella before and many of its benefits.
It is well known for its ability to promote detoxification in the body, especially when it comes to heavy metals.1,2
Chlorella has also been shown to help boost the immune system.3
Furthermore the high iron content in chlorella supports healthy blood and oxygenation.
But there are 4 other incredible benefits of this micro-algae that not many people are talking about.
(1) Gives You Beautiful Skin
The saying “beauty begins from within” is true in more than one way.
Regularly consuming Chlorella can give you firm, radiant, glowing skin.
It’s partially thanks to all of the nutrients that are pack in this single celled organism but also from a compound known as Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF).4
Your skin regenerates it self about every 28 days and needs a variety of nutrients to create healthy, beautiful new skin.
CGF aids in this process by providing nucleic acids to the body that promote collagen growth and cellular regeneration.
(2) Promotes normal blood sugar levels
Around 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, a condition characterized by abnormal blood sugar levels, and 86 million have prediabetes.5
Long term unstable blood sugar levels caused by poor diet, over eating, and lack of exercise can lead to the development of diabetes.
If not treated diabetes can lead to:
Heart disease Kidney problems Eye troubles Blindness Amputation Infections Bad Teeth Coma Death
Prediabetes and diabetes are characterized by abnormal blood sugar levels. Daily intake of chlorella has actually been shown to help promote normal blood sugar levels.6
(3) Supports Heart Health
Taking chlorella was shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by altering serum lipid profiles, specifically by lowering the amount of triglycerides present in the blood.6,7
The specific molecules found in the chlorella that are believed to be responsible for this reduction are a type of vitamin A called carotenoids.
While there are other foods that contain carotenoids such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and kale, there is a distinctive combination of the carotenoids lutein/zeaxanthin and alpha-carotene that make chlorella extra potent.
(4) Stimulates fat loss and healthy body weight
Maintaining a healthy weight takes a lot of work and chlorella might make it a bit easier.
A recent study found that chlorella actually improved metabolic activity allowing the body to reach a healthy weight.5
It also showed that chlorella helped burn fat and increased fat metabolism.5
Whether you are looking to nourish your skin, protect your heart, normalize your blood sugar levels, or get in better shape chlorella is the superfood for you.
Our tablet form makes it easy to take with water. But it’s also fabulous blended into soups, smoothies, dressings, and sauces.
Enjoy all of the benefits of Chlorella today!
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