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Chlorella: What are its Benefits and Uses?

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June 2nd, 2021

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

You may have heard about chlorella because it’s being added to various health products. Its name is derived from a combination of two Greek words: “chloros” (green) and “ella” (small).1 If you’re curious about what chlorella actually is and how you can use it to your advantage, keep reading this article.

What is chlorella supplement?

Chlorella is sourced from a single-celled freshwater algae called Chlorella vulgaris.2,3 Manufacturers typically process the chlorella to break down its cell walls so its nutrients will become available.4,5 One particular substance that can be derived from this microalgae is a water-soluble extract6 called chlorella growth factor or CGF,7 which contains amino acids, peptides, vitamins and minerals.8

The algae often used to make chlorella powder, tablets or liquid extract9 is grown in farms in Japan or Taiwan.10 However, take note that chlorella shouldn’t be confused with spirulina. While both are algae, they differ in color. Chlorella is green, while spirulina has a blue-green hue.


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