Chlorella is a single cell green algae, which in the 1940s was seen as a potential solution to the global hunger problem. Once better farming techniques came into practice, interest in chlorella as a mass produced food started to wane, but it was studied by NASA as a potential space food due to its high nutritional value. Today, the algae is primarily of interest for its potential health benefits.
Native to Taiwan and Japan, chlorella is very rich in phytonutrients and amino acids. It is also an excellent source of beta-carotene, potassium, phosphorus and B vitamins.
Chlorella has been proven to be able to help remove toxins from the body, including harmful heavy metals such as lead and mercury. Researchers have found that chlorella can help to protect the body from the potentially harmful side effects of radiotherapy, for example.
The algae is also known to help boost metabolism and to kickstart the immune system. Some researchers believe that chlorella can improve insulin sensitivity, helping to treat or avoid diabetes.
Chlorella is very high in chlorophyll, which has a range of benefits to the human body. It may help to suppress hunger, and it appears to reduce body odour. Chlorophyll is also a potent antioxidant, with many protective effects on human health.