Chlorella is a chlorophyll-rich algae superfood that can be traced back over 2 billion years. The name comes from two Latin words: “chlor,” meaning green, and “ella,” meaning tiny. A superfood is simply “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.”
Chlorella is made up of approximately 60 percent protein, 20 percent fat, and 20 percent carbohydrates and is jammed packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients.
Most superfood green powders on the market contain chlorella as their main ingredient because of it’s powerful healing properties.
Research has been done all over the world with many published studies showing the amazing health benefits of this ancient, original superfood. Health improvements can be experienced with as little as 2-6 grams of chlorella per day.
Some of these include:
– Increased immunity leading to a lower incidence of the cold and flu
– Improved digestion
– Lowering of blood sugar and blood pressure
– Anti-inflammatory effects, which may ease symptoms of fibromyalgia and other chronic disease
– Normalizing of blood counts in those with anemia
Chlorella also contains Glutathione, which is a liver-supporting compound. It has a unique cellulose layer that is shown to help flush the body of heavy metals including lead and mercury which makes it ideal for those looking for a gentle, yet effective detoxification.
Look for a chlorella powder or supplement that has been processed without heat or chemicals and therefore contains “live” enzymes. Also ensure that it comes from pure, unpolluted waters. Research a company with a strong reputation such as Purium. You can introduce chlorella into your diet by starting with a superfood greens powder, which is sure to include high levels of this amazing, healing miracle.
- Always consult with your doctor before beginning any supplement regimen especially if you’re currently taking blood thinners.
Jay Bradley is a Youthful Aging, Wellness & Lifestyle Expert Living in Los Angeles.
He is the Best-Selling Author of LIVE LOOK FEEL, The 12-Week Guide to Live Longer, Look Younger & Feel Better!
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Approximately 15 cookies
1 1/2 Cups of Pitted Dates
1/4 Cup Raw Almonds, Walnuts or your favorite nut
3/4 Cup Oats
2 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed
1 Tbsp Ground Chia Seed
2 Tbsp Hemp Hearts
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
2 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Maca Powder
2 Tsp Water
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Jam or Homemade Fruit Compote
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2-3 Cups Shredded Carrots
1 Cup Shredded Red Cabbage
1 Sliced Red Bell Pepper
1-2 Cups Sliced Mushrooms
1 Cup Bean Sprouts
1/2 Cup Chopped Cilantro
1 Cup Sliced Scallions or Green Onion
Thumb of Ginger, Grated
Juice of 1 Lime
1/4 Cup Crushed Pistachios as a Topping
Fresh Chopped Mint
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3/4 Cup Sesame Seeds
1/2 Cup Fresh Apple Juice
1/3 Cup Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
1/4 Cup Crushed Pistachios
1/4 Cup Tamarind Sauce or Paste
1 Thumb Fresh Ginger, Grated
1 Lime Squeezed
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