A new meta-analysis of chlorella supplementation shows that daily supplementation of chlorella has significant cardiovascular benefits. The algae were shown to reduce cholesterol levels as well as triglyceride levels.
What is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a green algae native to Japan and Taiwan that grows in freshwater ponds. This alga is rich in phytonutrients, including chlorophyll, amino acids, beta-carotene, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B complex and other vitamins and minerals.
Chlorella was actually one of the first algae to be cultivated for food supplement purposes. Cousin to another freshwater alga, spirulina, chlorella has various health benefits, including:
- Improves heart health
- Lowers cholesterol
- Lowers blood sugar
- Detoxifies heavy metals
- Fights Cancer
- Boost the immune system
What The Studies Say
Studies have found that chlorella has numerous health benefits, but is especially beneficial for heart health.
A recent meta-analysis that was published in Clinical Nutrition has found that chlorella supplementation has beneficial effects on:
- Blood pressure
- Fasting glucose
This study involved 797 subjects, some of which were in good health, most of which had some health issues. Although the chlorella supplementation was demonstrated to have health benefits for both groups of participants, it was particularly beneficial for the group with poor health (heart problems, high cholesterol).
If you’re wondering about the recommended amount of chlorella supplementation, it’s 5 grams.