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Chlorella: The Plant That Could Save Your Life

Nadine Renee, Special to The Informer | 3/11/2014, 3:37 p.m.
Chlorella, an algae plant, is often called nature's multivitamin. (Courtesy of wolfsonintegrativecardiology.com)

Chlorella seems to be the new health craze nowadays. Is all of the buzz about this simple algae plant worth it? Indeed it is!

Chlorella is held in high regard for its health benefits. It is a potent source for many nutrients such as B12, commonly found in proteins. It also contains B1, B2, folic acid, and vitamins C, A, and K.

Chlorella also has significant antioxidant properties and helps to flush toxins from the body. It provides the body a natural energy boost in lieu of coffee, energy drinks, etc.

Often referred to as nature's multivitamin because it is packed with so many nutrients, chlorella also contains other important minerals such as potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. The plant is an amazing detoxifier, as it binds with toxins, chemicals and heavy metals, and moves them out of the body rapidly.

The plant has been studied for its effectiveness in many diseases and conditions such as cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart disease, female reproductive issues, digestive issues and so much more. It is also highly touted as a weight loss supplement. It should definitely be a staple in everyone's diet for the significant health benefits.

Due to the fact that this plant has so many powerful properties, a question arises: how do we take it in order to fully capitalize on its benefits? Well, I'm glad you asked! First, the best type of chlorella to find is one that says "broken cell wall" chlorella. This is because the tough outer cell also protects this algae, and is basically indigestible to us. Our internal enzymes are not strong enough to digest this powerful plant without the cell wall being broken for us.

The other thing to consider is the source of your chlorella. As I mentioned earlier, this plant is an algae, and therefore grows in water. If the water source is polluted, the algae will draw in the toxins, as well.

Chlorella is widely used in Asian countries and has been for some time. So if your chlorella comes from anywhere near a nuclear plant leak, or anywhere else that is not a freshwater source, you will be introducing chemicals to your body while trying to rid it of chemicals. Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it?

Women who develop anemia through loss of blood and iron during menstruation can truly benefit from this plant, as its levels of iron are very high. This could pose a problem if you have a condition where your body has too much iron already, so be cautious.

Chlorella is also known to be an immune system booster, as it kills off parasites, bacteria and viruses that try to take host in the body and cause illness and disease. It also combats cancer cells by protecting the healthy cells from free radicals in the body which can cause cells to mutate and turn cancerous.

Many people add this plant powder to their smoothies to get the health benefits from it. It is not recommended as a daily supplement; however, it can be taken in smoothies up to three times a week. As always, rotate the greens you add to your smoothies. Everything in moderation.

Chlorella is an amazing plant that deserves of all of the rave reviews it gets. As with everything else, just take some simple precautions, and know the source of your chlorella before you begin taking it. Enjoy the health benefits of this green algae.

Nadine Renee, a health and wellness specialist, speaker and author, is the CEO of Nadine Renee Naturals (nadinereneenaturals.com), a company that specializes in natural hair care, skin care and health. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/nadinereneenaturals and on Twitter @nadinerenees.