The Benefits of Chlorella

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This could have easily had been an article about the benefits of spurilina (a green/blue algae similar to chlorella) but my relationship with spurilina throughout the years has been lackluster. It wasn’t until I purchased a mix of 50% spurilina, 50% chlorella that I began to see the health benefits that spurilina is touted for.

First of all, what is chlorella? Chlorella is a fresh water algae. It contains a high amout of chlorophyll. In fact, the highest amount of chlorophyll of any known plant. As you may know, chlorophyll is what gives plants — translation, veggies — their green colour and minerally dense nutritional value.

Chlorella is believed to: boost the immune system, even in cancer patients. It contains good bacteria and is used for treating GI problems, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol as well. Chlorella contains: iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, B vitamins, folic acid… over 20 vitamins and minerals in total. It is important to note that even with a natural supplement such as chlorella, there is the potential for an allergic reaction. It can also interfere with prescription medication. Please check with your doctor if you are considering incorporating a supplement like this into your regimen.

That being said, I started taking spurilina powder years ago. I sometimes depended on it for B12 during periods I wasn’t eating meat. I also relied on it as an iron supplement when I didn’t feel like taking iron pills. I did not notice any significant health improvements but it wasn’t doing me any harm either. Recently, I decided again that I no longer wanted to take iron pills for my low iron levels.

The owner of a local health food store, who is very knowledgeable and gives workshops and seminars on women’s health, recommended chlorella powder when I told her, “If I HAVE to take iron every day, I at least want something with added health benefits.” She informed me that chlorella was similar to spurilina. They’re both algae with iron, chlorophyll, Bvitamins, etc. However, one — can you guess which? — was more potent in the B vitamin area. In my case, this higher amount of B vitamins would help my body process the iron in it better.

I ended up choosing a spurilina/chlorella mix for the sheer sake of playing it safe. Within days, I experienced better energy levels, deeper breathing, and a better mood. I would recommend this particular mix (spurilina and chlorella combined) to anyone who wants to strengthen their immune system, supplement a plant-based diet, or treat a mild-to-moderate low iron problem. It’s been potent enough for me to see results but not strong enough for me to expereience side effects.

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The particular brand I use is called Prairie Naturals Aqua Greens – Spurilina and Chlorella. It retails for about $35 CDN for 200 grams and can also be found online. Added it to your juice, water, or smoothies.

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