You may or may not have heard of healthy freshwater algae, spirulina. It’s all the rage in the health food world, which is why you may be seeing pictures of bright green smoothies in your Instagram feed. Chlorella is a close cousin of spirulina. Also freshwater algae, chlorella is considered one of the most nutritious (and ancient) foods in the world due to its incredibly varied and rich nutritional profile. This blue-green algae supports many different functions in the body, so if you’re looking for a health boost, chlorella may be the answer. Read on to find out how chlorella can benefit your health.
One of the benefits chlorella is famous for is detoxification of heavy metals, radiation, and chemotherapy. It may surprise you to discover that heavy metal poisoning is not that uncommon. There are many ways in which people are exposed to heavy metals which include lead, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium. These toxins can be found in polluted air and water, food, food containers, medicines, and in paint. Chlorella helps to rid the body of these heavy metals, because it binds to them, and prevents them from settling in our soft tissues.
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