Chlorella powder is a condensed, highly-absorbable form of nutrient-dense chlorella. This single-celled algae is giving spirulina a lot of competition, as many people are raving about chlorella’s potential health benefits.1
What Does Chlorella Powder Do For Your Body?
Chlorella is considered a superfood by many due to its rich nutrient profile. The exact nutrients in chlorella depend on the species used -- there are more than 20 different species -- and how it’s grown and processed for consumption. But in general, nutrients in chlorella include:
Protein: More than 60% of chlorella is protein, making it a rich protein source. Rare for a plant-based source, chlorella contains all 9 essential amino acids. These amino acids are needed to make protein, a macronutrient essential for building and maintaining muscle, bones, and skin. 2
Vitamins and minerals: Chlorella contains varying amounts of Vitamins A, C, E, B12, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium, Iron, folate, and magnesium, to name just a few. 3 Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant nutrient that the human body cannot make and must be obtained through the diet, and consuming chlorella powder can help you meet the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 70 mg 90 mg. 3, 4
Omega-3s: Chlorella is a good source of omega-3s that multiple clinical research studies indicate may significantly fight inflammation and boost immunity, among other health benefits.5
In addition, chlorella is packed with chlorophyll, a green pigment responsible for chlorella’s rich green collar. But it does more than just give chlorella its color. Research suggests chlorophyll may help fight liver and potentially other types of cancer, detox the liver, boost wound healing, and support a healthy weight. 6, 7, 8, 9
What Are The Side Effects Of Taking Chlorella Powder?
Chlorella is generally considered safe to consume, but as with any dietary supplement a few side effects have been reported including: 10
- Photosensitivity (sensitivity to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, increasing risk for sunburn.)
- Green-colored stool
- Stomach cramps
Most of these symptoms will likely dissipate after the body becomes accustomed to chlorella.
Does Chlorella Powder Help You Lose Weight?
Research shows that chlorella may help support weight loss, especially if you’re already on a weight-control program. One of the reasons for this effect is its protein content. Studies suggest protein suppresses appetite to a longer extent than carbohydrates and fat, which can help you lose weight. There are also studies that indicate a high-protein diet increasing metabolism and boosts fat burning. 11, 12
Does Chlorella Keep You Awake?
There is no evidence that chlorella keeps you awake. In fact, due to its tryptophan content, chlorella may even help you sleep. Tryptophan is an amino acid needed to help produce neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin that together, help your mind and body relax and go to sleep. 13
How Do You Use Chlorella Powder?
There are many ways to use chlorella powder. Many people add a couple tablespoons to their green smoothies, teas, or other beverages everyday. You may also stir it into your yogurts and other foods.
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