Benefits of Chlorella

August 20, 2018

Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water. It is a good source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, and minerals.The whole plant is used to make nutritional supplements and medicine.

Chlorella's impressive nutritional profile has led some to call it a "super food." While its exact nutrient content depends on growing conditions, the species used and how supplements are processed, it's clear it packs several beneficial nutrients.

They include:

  • Protein: Chlorella is 50–60% protein. What's more, it's a complete protein source, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids (3, 5).
  • Vitamin B12: Some chlorella varieties may also contain vitamin B12, but more studies are needed (6).
  • Iron and vitamin C: Chlorella can be a good source of iron. Depending on the supplement, it may provide anywhere from 6–40% of your daily need. It's also an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps you absorb iron (1, 3, 7).
  • Other antioxidants: These tiny green cells provide a wide range of antioxidants (1, 3).
  • Other vitamins and minerals: Chlorella provides small amounts of magnesium, zinc, copper, potassium, calcium, folic acid and other B vitamins (1, 3, 8).
  • Omega-3s: As with other algae, chlorella contains some omega-3s. Just 3 grams of chlorella delivers 100 mg of omega-3s (8).
  • Fiber: In large quantities, chlorella can be a good source of fiber. However, most supplements don't provide even 1 gram of fiber per dose (1, 8). (Source; Healthline.com)

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Additional articles with more informations:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320067.php

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-907/chlorella

 






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