Chlorella Vulgaris

November 12, 2012

Chlorella Vulgaris

Chlorella vulgaris, more often known simply as chlorella is becoming more and more popular as a super food.

What is chlorella vulgaris?

Chlorella is a type of algae that requires only water, sunlight and carbon dioxide to survive. It has been known about and considered a food source since the 1940’s and 1950’s when research into it first began. Large-scale production of the chlorella vulgaris was even considered. This idea didn’t come to anything as it turned out to be harder to grow in a lab environment than first thought. It’s popularity back in those times was the fact that it is around 50% protein and therefore was considered a very efficient food source.

Nutritional benefits of chlorella vulgaris

Chlorella is considered to be a super food thanks to its extremely high protein content. Protein is not the only nutrients provided by chlorella, it also includes a number of vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. It has also had a wide use in medicines with research suggesting that it can be used as an effective way to control weight. Function of the immune system is also boosted by chlorella. Studies on mice have even suggested that it can reduce the size of tumours. Further benefits include the ability to effectively reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure, which are two of the most common conditions in the western world. Additionally, chlorella vulgaris increases breast milk production by reducing the levels of dioxin in the milk. It is thought that the full potential of this alga has not yet been discovered and continued further research is required in order to bring to light any other benefits. Other forms of algae such as spirulina has been researched much more thoroughly and has therefore become well known and popular as a health supplement. It is likely that as the health benefits of chlorella become more widely known, chlorella vulgaris products will become increasingly in demand as they are already beginning to do so.

Where to buy chlorella products

Chlorella can be found in health stores as well as on the internet, so whether you are looking for it for its high protein content as an addition to your diet or if you are hoping to gain from the nutritional and health properties it has to offer, it is fairly easy to get hold of. Keep in mind that the least processed it is, the better it will be, as the nutritional value tends to decrease with processing. Chlorella products as close to its natural form as possible are what you should be looking for.

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