It has been popping up here and there, as one of the "superfoods". I generally ignore any "super-", but got intrigued. it's a one cell algae, and is considered a complete protein source. It is supposed to be anti-tumor and support immune system. Mercola is posting a whole list of benefits on his site.
I am especially intrigued with the supposed detoxifying and immunity busting qualities.
Anyone knows something more about it? Are these claims based on real science or another fad?
asked byYoannah_offca (4896)
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on September 10, 2010
at 09:02 PM
Whoah whoah...why did this get downvoted? Chlorella is just another possible food source, and Yoannah already disclaimed against "superfoods".
Anywho, I know people who have considered eating algae or algae supplements to get DHA/EPA. Chlorella is a type of algae, is it not? Algae was one of the first living things occupying the murky waters of young Earth. If that isn't paleo, I don't know what is.
As far as detoxifying and immunity busting, I'm not sure. I used to think Mercola was a quack, but he is spot on for some stuff and actually seems quite intelligent when he's not shilling his own products.
on September 10, 2010
at 09:30 PM
CONCLUSIONS: The potential of chlorella to relieve symptoms, improve quality of life, and normalize body functions in patients with fibromyalgia, hypertension, or ulcerative colitis suggests that larger, more comprehensive clinical trials of chlorella are warranted.
Can anyone with university access read the actual study? But personally I wouldn't be surprised if sprulina or other more widely available algaes have similar effects.
on April 24, 2013
at 04:23 AM
I absolutely love chlorella. I wasn't sure if it was paleo so I checked in here but I can say that it definitely helped me with energy levels, particularly, I think due in part to it being a complete protein. It also has the added benefit of working like an internal deoderant. If you don't know what that means... think about it for a second ;) From what I understand, it is more bioavailable than spirulina, also, and is an excellent source of absorbable vitamin D.