We are all well aware that supermodels love their smoothies and that they adore posing with them on selfies. You probably thing that you have seen it all by now: from acai berries to chia seeds. Still, there is a new ingredient on the horizon, celebrated by models such as Millie Mackintosh, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Miranda Kerr – chlorella. With these three A-list beauties loving this superfood, there is probably something to that craze. Do not worry, we do not expect you to fall for it so easily. First we will tell you all about chlorella, and you be the judge of it.
What Is Chlorella?
Chlorella is single-celled green algae. What makes it truly amazing is the fact that is has been on earth, well, since the beginning of time (more than 500 million years). Its ability to survive and thrive in a highly changeable world, made us wonder, can we use its power somehow? Chlorella contains most of the essential vitamins (A, B, C, E) and its high chlorophyll content has the ability to bind lead, mercury and cadmium, which is why this algae is a popular heavy-metal detoxifier. Furthermore, chlorella can reproduce at astonishing rate, which can safely fuel your body regeneration as well.
A Powerful Detoxifier
The almost unbreakable cell wall of chlorella is made out of special materials that can bind with heavy metals, toxins and pesticides and carry them out of your body. Supermodels recognized this stunning power of chlorella and started using it as a detoxification tool. Just as these lovely ladies, all of us are exposed to harmful outside elements and that is why we need to consider including these superfood into our diet. The best thing about using chlorella for detoxification is that it recognizes what minerals should remain in your body to enable it to function normally, and what should be banished from it.
Weight Loss Properties
According to a study published in Journal of Medicinal Food, chlorella intake results in significant reductions in serum total cholesterol, body fat percentage and fasting blood glucose levels. And though it is not the only thing keeping the supermodels super thin, we believe that it can contribute to a great figure. So, not only this superfood is removing toxins from your body, but it can also improve metabolism and circulation and promote higher levels of energy.
The Fountain of Youth
Some studies suggest that chlorella may also be able to slow down the aging process and make you look younger. The reasons behind that are that this algae is packed with vitamins such as vitamin A and vitamin C, and it can naturally increase their levels in your body, which contributes to elimination of free radicals and protection of your cells.
Smoothies are a great way to include this superfood into your diet. When making a smoothie, the easiest way to go, is with chlorella in its powder form, because it is simpler to blend it, but you can also intake this algae as a pill or in some other form. You can use it as an ingredient in various smoothies. Here are our suggestions:
Green Goodness for Green Goddess
- 1 cup apple juice
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tbsp chlorella powder
- Ice, if needed
Pour into blender and blend until smooth.
The Creamy Chlorella Smoothie
- ¾ cup pomegranate juice
- 1 tsp chlorella powder
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 banana
- Ice, if needed
Blend until smooth and enjoy the heavenly flavor.
The word “superfood” is used so often that we cannot even figure out when it is rightfully so, when not, however, you should certainly incorporate most of them into your list of healthy foods. Still, when it comes to chlorella, the algae which survived millions of years adapting to different conditions, it is hard not to believe in its fantastic properties.