Chlorella vulgaris is a microalgae known for centuries for being a source and food supplement for various peoples, such as the Aztecs, and is currently considered a superfood and a trend all over the world!
There are numerous scientific studies of high international renown that highlight the functionality of Chlorella vulgaris, contributing to well-being and a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Discover its unique natural effects and properties:
✓ Complete multivitamin source: Wide range of micronutrients, including chlorophylls and carotenoids, such as lutein, α-carotene and β-carotene; minerals, namely Iron, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, and Phosphorus; and vitamins, with special attention to B-complex vitamins, such as folic acid (B9) and cobalamin (B12), and also vitamin D (Safi et al., 2014; Bito et al., 2020).
✓ AntiOx Power: The naturally rich presence of bioactive compounds, including chlorophyll and carotenoids such as lutein, phytoene, and β-carotene, as well as vitamins such as vitamin C and E, contribute to beneficial antioxidant properties in the body (Lee et al., 2010; Panahi et al., 2012; Panahi et al., 2013; Bito et al., 2020; Schüler et al., 2020).
✓ Detox Power: Unique ability to detoxify the body of heavy metals, such as methylmercury, and heterocyclic amines (Lee et al., 2015; Maruyama et al., 2017; Merino et al., 2019).
✓ Pre- and Probiotic Potential: High applicability in fermented dairy products as a prebiotic, and versatility as a prebiotic for intestinal microflora. In this way, it can contribute to the regulation of gastrointestinal transit, weight control, and inhibition of pathogenic infections (Fujiwara et al., 1998; Beheshtipour et al., 2013; Jin et al., 2020).
✓ Cardioprotective effect: Chlorella supplementation reduces cardiovascular risk factors, improving, among several aspects, the levels of total cholesterol, LDLC levels, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure (Ryu et al., 2014; Kim et al., 2016; Fallah et al., 2018).
✓ Boosts immunity: Contributes to the stimulation of immune function, activating the production of molecules responsible for the immune response (NK cells) (Kwak et al., 2012).
✓ Hepatoprotective effect: Chlorella consumption helps with weight loss, decrease blood glucose levels and improve lipid levels, especially in people with non-alcoholic liver disease (Ebrahimi-Mameghani et al., 2014; Chitsaz et al., 2016 ; Ebrahimi-Mameghani et al., 2016).
✓ Promotes mental well-being: Chlorella intake is a potential clinical adjuvant in the treatment of physical and cognitive symptoms of depression and anxiety (Panahia et al., 2015).
✓ Workout booster: In intense exercise sessions, Chlorella supplementation decreased plasma levels, decreased inflammatory property of Interleukin 6 and insulin resistance in overweight men (Samadi et al., 2020).
Chlorella can be consumed in capsules, tablets, or powder. The powder can be added to create naturally delicious recipes, making your meals or snacks nutritional and healthy. Try it in fruit juices and shakes, smoothies, soups, yogurt, cheeses, sauces, or other recipes.
Super-microalgae in food?
||Chlorella vulgaris is a 3 billion-year-old single-cell microorganism. This green freshwater microalgae was naturally consumed in the Central American region by the Aztec people, and was considered and studied as a food supplement for astronauts, during the space race! Today it is considered a sustainable superfood, with the ability to provide a huge variety of macro and micro nutrients, including all essential amino acids and fatty acids, being recognized for its beneficial health effects through regular consumption!
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