Move over spirulina, there’s a new algae in town — chlorella. This nutrient-dense algae has been receiving a lot of buzz for its health benefits. Furthermore, as a supplement, it has shown promise in improving cholesterol levels and ridding the body of toxins.
This article tells you all you need to know about chlorella, including what it is, the research behind its health claims and how to take it as a supplement.
What Is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a single-celled, green freshwater algae. There are over 30 different species, but two types — Chlorella vulgaris and Chlorella pyrenoidosa — are most commonly used in research. Because chlorella has a hard cell wall that humans cannot digest, you must take it as a supplement to reap its benefits. It’s available in capsule, tablet, powder and extract form. In addition to being used as a nutritional supplement, chlorella is also used as a biodiesel fuel.
Interestingly, studies indicate it can have many health benefits. Here are 9 of them.