Green algae - is chlorella good for you?

sea-vegetablesAlgae are aquatic plant-like organisms that mostly have chlorophyll and cell walls. A Korean study suggested that the algae Korean men consume helps to prevent Type II diabetes.

Chlorella is a type of green algae. Algae have different colours like brown, green or red. The “blue-green” algae that you hear about contaminating water supplies is more a micro-organism than a true plant algae.

Chlorella is a popular tablet or detox powder and has been found to have many health benefits:

  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Can help relieve symptoms of ulcerative colitis (inflamed bowel)
  • Helps relieve aching body (fibromyalgia)
  • Chlorella can stimulate the production of interferons and immune factors and thus help protect against colds, flus and viruses.
  • Chlorella may prolong survival times in breast cancer and leukemia patients by boosting the immune response.
  • Chlorella can also help resistance to Listeria – the bacteria you don’t want to get when you are pregnant.
  • Chlorella helps improve insulin blood sugar control, stamina and cholesterol levels.
  • If taken when pregnant it may reduce the transfer of dioxin toxins to offspring during breast feeding and may reduce pregnancy –associated anemia, protein in the urine or fluid swelling (edema)
  • In fact chlorella can help excretion of lead, mercury, cadmium and dioxins from the body.

Chlorella is rich in amino acids, minerals (iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc) and vitamins as well as chlorophyll. Not bad for a small green plant-like algae! It is found in still, fresh water, soil or the bark of trees.