The Inside and Out of Chlorella – by Jenny Lane, Founder of The Tree of Health
Chlorella Vulgaris (Blue Green Algae) is a well known and popular superfood, most touted for it’s many nutritional beneﬁts when used orally.
Perhaps lesser known about are the amazing beneﬁts Chlorella can provide when used topically (ie; on the skin).
Grown in fresh water, particularly in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, more recently the beneﬁts and uses of this nutrient dense food source have become much wider known.
Once the culture concentration of Chlorella has reached sufficiently high levels, the whole plant is gathered, dried to a paste, crushed to a ﬁne emerald powder, and sold in either powder, tablet, or capsule form.
External Uses for Chlorella
Used topically, Chlorella powder can be mixed with pure water to form a paste, and used as a healthy alternative to off the shelf, chemical laden antiseptic creams and lotions. Applied to the skin as a natural ﬁrst aid treatment, a Chlorella paste can treat ulcers, rashes caused by radiation treatment, scratches, insect bites, diaper rash, blisters, open sore, athletes foot, and has also been shown to be effective in treating a sexually transmitted disease called trichomoniasis.
Chlorella as a Beauty Aid
There’s simply no stopping this wonder of nature!
As a beauty application, and because of it’s ability to protect collagen and elastin, to ﬁrm and tone the skin, to regulate microcirculation and reduce the effects of ageing, you will ﬁnd Chlorella in Face The World’s Hydro-Marine Mask Concentrate. Used regularly as part of a natural facial care routine, this unique mask concentrate helps improve the health, texture and condition of the skin.
Internal Beneﬁts of Chlorella
Used orally as a ‘superfood’, the health beneﬁt claims of Chlorella include:-
– stimulating the immune system
– increasing white blood cell count
– preventing colds
– slowing down the ageing process
– increasing good bacteria in the intestine
– helping in the treatment of ulcers, colitis, Crohns and diverticulitis
– improving energy
– detoxing the blood
Most notably, Chlorella has been shown to act as a great ‘chelator’ – with the ability to capture and transport toxic metals such as mercury and lead out of the body.
As a food source Chlorella is high in protein and other nutrients. When dried it’s composition is typically 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrate, 5% ﬁbre and 10% vitamins and minerals.
Chlorella is an awesome and easy addition to any healthy diet. I personally prefer to purchase Chlorella in powder form, and add a scoop to my morning smoothie – it provides me with a nutrient- dense, supercharged start to my day. A word of caution. Beware of purchasing cheap brands of Chlorella which may have been sourced from less clean environments and packed with nasty ﬁllers.
There is no doubt that Mother Nature – clever and caring as she is – provides us with a wonderful array of plants that we can use to vastly improve our bodies both inside and out. Chlorella is just one such example of the marvel of nature.
Author – Jenny Lane, Founder of The Tree of Health – Living Naturally for Wellness and Weightloss.