The Many Benefits of Chlorella & Chlorophyll

Posted at 11:00 - July 17th, 2019 - Megan & Jae - Education Guides

Chlorella is a green single-celled microalgae found in fresh water. It is a source of naturally-occurring chlorophyll along with vitamin C, B vitamins, carotenoids, iron and protein.

This specific algae is considered beneficial in helping cleanse the blood as well as protecting against diabetes, arthritis and cancer. Recent studies point toward chlorella to support fibromyalgia, high blood pressure/cholesterol management and bacterial/viral conditions. Some research indicates it may be helpful in boosting energy, improving digestive function and minimizing depression.

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Because chlorophyll is the primary green compound found in chlorella, the following list includes conditions for which chlorella/chlorophyll has been found beneficial:
 
  • Decreasing cravings for junk food
  • Helping increase satiety when eating
  • Increasing the secretion of a hormone which assists in metabolizing fat and protein
  • Mitigating the oxidative damage from cancer-promoting chemicals and radiation
  • Binding to carcinogens found in molds, tobacco smoke and grilled meat to help their removal from the body
  • Helping remove toxic heavy metals from the body
  • Supporting good digestive function
  • Offering anti-mutagenic properties which may prevent dangerous inflammatory changes to cells

Additional Benefits

Natural Deodorizer
Chlorophyll has a history of being used as an internal deodorizer. Doctors discovered its use to reduce odors originating from the body’s expelled waste. In clinical settings, it has been applied to open wounds. In recent times, it has been found helpful in improving chronic halitosis (bad breath) and minimizing the need for commercial underarm deodorants.
 
Chlorophyll contains beneficial amounts of two minerals that are critical for bone health, calcium and magnesium. One example is spinach which provides approximately 75mg of magnesium and 146mg of calcium. Both minerals are required for bone maintenance and regeneration.
 
Muscle Health
Muscles can weaken and become damaged without adequate nutrition. The fuel of the muscular system is magnesium. Lack of magnesium may contribute to muscle cramps/spasms, night time leg cramps, heart arrhythmias, constipation (colon elimination requires muscular contraction/releasing), etc.
 
Because the heart is a muscle, chlorophyll, in helping to supply magnesium, is beneficial to the heart. Magnesium also helps maintain normal blood pressure and adequate blood flow to extremities.
 
The “green” in the green leafy vegetables also indicates the presence of vitamin K. This nutrient supports bone growth and making it possible for the blood to clot.
 
Fatty Liver
Many people advocate using chlorophyll as a way to help cleanse the condition called “fatty liver”. Some holistic practitioners contend that chlorophyll, in bringing oxygen to the bloodstream, helps wash toxins from the liver, bowels and blood.
Chlorophyll is the primary compound in wheatgrass. Nutritionists and health practitioners suggest wheatgrass as a beneficial option for maintaining healthy liver function.
Note: If a person is prone to allergies from wheat and/or grasses, wheatgrass may be problematic.
Since chlorophyll is the green nutrient found in plants, it has no record of being toxic to the body. Best food sources are the dark green vegetables and grasses such as wheatgrass. When taken as a supplement, it’s important to consume a high quality chlorella which has cell walls been broken down mechanically to aid digestibility.

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Megan is our product curator and store visionary. Personally vetting every product that comes through the door, she evaluates thousands of items each month with a focus on quality ingredients and value. Well-schooled in the supplements department and the editor of our in-store newsletters, she still insists her main job is raising three daughters! (Wichita, Kansas)

 

2019 marks Jae’s 20th year working as a Holistic Nutritionist and Supplement Specialist in the Health Food industry. This environment has afforded the opportunity to discuss health issues and solutions with thousands of customers and clients. Along the way, she has acquired multiple certifications including biogenealogy, environmental biology, holistic nutrition and various healing modalities. She is currently studying to complete a Ph.D in Holistic Nutrition.

All Eureka Market Education Guides are intended for educational purposes only. The guides are NOT intended to substitute for professional medical consultation and as such, do not diagnose, prescribe or offer personal medical advice. Always consult with your health care professional before taking supplements with prescription medications.

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