What is Chlorella?

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When it comes to supplementation I like to keep things simple, I focus on whole-food supplements for myself and clients in my practice ~  the body will better recognize a true whole-food source before a capsule with synthetic vitamins and fillers.

I myself use organic, whole foods as my multiple vitamin. However, I also know that I still need to support my body in more ways than just clean eating can provide, especially when living in this modern world!

One thing we are all faced with daily, no matter how healthy our habits, is toxins. We face pollution whether we choose to or not! Heavy metals and dangerous chemicals are lurking everywhere. From pesticides on our food, fluoride in our water, mercury amalgams in teeth, pesticide run off from farms, pollution from cars and factories plus all the plastic which is literally everywhere!

When you choose organic, exercise daily, drink a clean water source and use safe personal care & cleaning products you are making a positive impact on many areas of your life, but even then, we are still exposed to the external factors that we can't control.

Detoxification is the bodies way of pushing out chemicals and heavy metals, your healthy habits support these pathways but many of us still experience symptoms of toxic build up. While there are many possible causes for symptoms, here are a few which can be red flags for excess toxins in the body:

  • Fatigue
  • Digestive distress
  • Reduced ability to properly digest fats
  • Aching joints
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Impaired blood sugar regulation
  • Decreased focus and cognitive function
  • Skin disorders
  • Taking drugs, alcohol and birth control pills

This is where Chlorella comes in, the green micro-algae with benefits you will actually feel!


What is Chlorella? 

This single-celled, blue-green micro-algae is a cousin to Spirulina but this waterborne organism packs an extra punch of it's cousin as it contains more protein, vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

Just 1 oz (2 tbsp) of Chlorella contains :

  • Protein - 16 g
  • Vitamin A - 287% RDA
  • Vitamin B2 - 71% RDA
  • Vitamin B3 - 33% RDA
  • Iron - 202% RDA
  • Magnesium - 22% RDA
  • Zinc - 133% RDA

Chlorella is ranked  as one of the Top 10 Health Foods in the world. Per gram it is more nutrient dense than greens such as kale, spinach and broccoli!

Chlorella's particularly small size allows it to bond with metals, chemicals and pesticides in the body and then guides them out. It is also smart enough to know what the body needs, nutritionally, and so it will only bind with chemicals that need to be removed, not to those which the body needs, such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. 

So what is the result of removing toxins from the body?

  • Weight loss (toxins are stored in fat)
  • Increased energy
  • Alkalizes the body
  • Improved digestion
  • Balanced hormonal function
  • Improved cardiovascular health

But that's not it! Chlorella is more than just that, it is a whole-food supplement! So your body benefits from more than just healthy & natural detoxification.

It also contains a full range of amino acids, chlorophyll, potassium, phosphorus and biotin.

The rich green colour in chlorella comes from chlorophyll, which is the outcome of photosynthesis (converting sunlight into energy ). Chlorophyll is also called "plants blood" and is chemically similar to human hemoglobin! 

{Chlorophyll increases oxygen uptake in the blood which naturally increases energy and relieves fatigue. It also works to cleanse the bowel and other elimination channels and also purifies the blood!}

One of Chlorella’s most significant health benefits is that it removes the most stubborn toxins from our bodies like lead, cadmium, mercury, and uranium and also prevents them from being reabsorbed. Regular intake of Chlorella helps to keep heavy metals from accumulating in our body’s soft tissues and organs. If you have mercury fillings in your teeth, have been vaccinated, eat seafood regularly, if you have been exposed to radiation, or if you consume foods from China you may have heavy metals lurking in your body. It is important for your overall health and wellness to be proactive in detoxing these heavy metals and toxins from the body. With the help of Chlorella to remove heavy metals from the body, we may be less likely to get environmentally based cancers. 

Chlorella has also been shown to reduce body fat %, fasting blood glucose levels and serum total cholesterol. Chlorella regulates hormones, helps with metabolism, improves circulation and promotes higher levels of energy. When the body looses weight, toxins are released and chlorella not only helps with loosing the weight, it also helps to facilitate the elimination of toxins and prevents reabsorption! 

Chlorella also reduces oxidative stress in the body, that can be caused from pollution, stress and a poor diet!  Since it naturally increases Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Glutathinone (master antioxidant),  free-radicals are eliminated and the antioxidants can protect your cells and slow down  the aging process!


What To Know Before You Purchase

Now that you are on the edge of your seat getting ready to run out the door to buy Chlorella, know this....

I wouldn't just recommend any Chlorella capsule, powder or tablet. Not all supplements and super foods are created equal. It is very difficult to determine which Chlorella is best since a lot of companies don't actually disclose enough information for you to make an educated and informative decision.

There are two forms of chlorella, Vulgaris (easier to digest) and Pyrenoidosa (binds heavy metals more effectively). You will only want the Pyrenoidosa form, as well digested Chlorella will not work within the body to remove toxins and heavy metals. 

Chlorella will almost always be sourced from Asian countries, since this is where it grows best. Chlorella from China is the most contaminated variety, and Organic Chinese Chlorella is actually more contaminated than Non-Organic Chlorella from other countries. Remember that Certified Organic doesn't mean “free from contamination”. 

Taiwan has the cleanest, but the most expensive varieties of chlorella, and Japan would actually be the second best source as their Chlorella is grown closer to Taiwan than Japan. 

And lastly, Chlorella comes in different forms, such as "broken cell wall" and "thin cell wall" varieties.

Now before you say "oh no, what I am supposed to buy...". I've done the research for you!! After all this blog title is called "What is Chlorella + Holisticole's Product Pick".


Holisticole's Product Pick

So which brand to pick? My personal recommendation and preference is...... Giddy Yoyo Chlorella Tabs.

Giddy Yoyo has a broken cell wall Chlorella (Chlorella Pyrenoidosa) which is grown under strictly controlled environments in Taiwan, utilizing highly pure, filtered, underground spring water. The culturing ponds are exposed to the open which maximizes the benefits of sunlight. Their supplier utilizes technologically advanced methods to crack the cell wall ensuring maximum digestibility and absorption. Their chlorella contains NO fillers, binders, chemical solvents or heavy metals regularly used in food production AND it is affordable!

Giddy Yoyo is from Orangeville, Ontario and you can find their product on amazon and save with free shipping! You can either get the 1,000 tabs or you can go for a 200 g or 250 g bag of powder! (I prefer the tabs).

You can chew, swallow whole, or add the tabs to water. You can also add the tabs to a trail mix, eggs or a smoothie. This variety does NOT have a ‘fishy’ taste.

Serving Suggestions: Chlorella is a food, not a supplement, so eat it as you wish. You can eat 2-150 tabs per day, multiple times per day as desired. When introducing new foods into your diet start slow and work your way up to higher amounts.
5 TABS = 1G

I personally take about 20 in the morning and 20 at night! Enjoy this information, and please - do share!

 


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