Chlorella is genus of green algae (family Chlorellaceae) found either singly or clustered in fresh or salt water. The whole chlorella plant is used to make nutritional supplements and medicine. There are several species of chlorella with Chlorella vulgaris being one of the most commonly used in supplements. Chlorella algae is a cousin of spirulina, and we will compare the nutrients of these superfoods later in the article.
What does chlorella do for your body? Studies have shown that chlorella benefits the entire body by supporting healthy hormonal function, promoting cardiovascular health, helping to negate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and aiding in the detoxification of our bodies.
Chlorella has also been used to try to treat or prevent the following:
High blood pressure
Low B-12 levels
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
Trichomoniasis (a sexually transmitted infection)
White patches on genitals called vulvar leukoplakia
Some people also take chlorella to try to:
Boost energy levels
Detox the body
Improve mental function