Chlorella is a fresh water algae native to Japan and Taiwan. This water-dwelling super food is a dense source of nutrients, providing nourishing chlorophyll, amino acids and many vitamins and minerals. On top of this, it is super easy to add into smoothies and shakes to make them incredibly healthy and gives them a striking green appearance.
A 100 gram serving of chlorella offers a 51300 IU dose of vitamin A, 1026% of the recommended daily amount! This nutrient is extremely important and contributes to antioxidant protection, bodily growth and development, healthy vision and healthy skin.
100 grams of this powerful algae offers 130mg of the important mineral iron which equates to 722% of the recommended daily intake! The importance of iron in the body cannot be overstated. It is required for in the production of red blood cells and certain enzymes. The immune system also depends upon iron for optimal functioning. The mineral also helps in the conversion of blood sugar into energy.
For many the idea of plants providing adequate protein comes as a shock. However 57% of the calories from a serving of chlorella are in the form of protein. This means that there is a gigantic 58.4 grams of protein in a 100 g serving of chlorella. It houses a large spectrum of amino acids necessary for protein building within the body. It also offers the branch chain amino acids leucine, isoleucine and valine.
Vitamin B2, otherwise known as riboflavin, is a water soluble vitamin and must therefore be replenished daily. Consuming chlorella can take care of this bodily need, as 100 grams of the algae contain 4.3mg of the vitamin, equalling a dose that covers 253% of the daily value. B2 is important in red blood cell production and energy release from proteins.