Shakeology Ingredients – Chlorella
Chlorella is another one of the many important Shakeology ingredients which make this revolutionary meal replacement shake so unique.
What is Chlorella?
Chlorella is a type of single-celled green algae, belonging to the phylum Chlorophyta.
Chlorella contains the green photosynthetic pigments chlorophyll A and B, enabling it to photosynthesize (derive energy by converting sunlight and carbon dioxide into sugar molecules for food). This ability gives it its namesake, which derives from the Greek chloros, meaning ‘green’ and the Latin ñella, meaning ‘small’.
Chlorella can grow rapidly where there is high nitrate and phosphate levels or direct sunlight, as it needs only light, water, CO2, and a few trace minerals to reproduce.
Chlorella was discovered in the late 19th century. Due to its high protein concentration and rapid growth rate, Chlorella was investigated after World War II as a possible commercial food source.
Chlorella Nutrition Information
Chlorella is considered by many to be a superfood. When dried, it is about 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrate, 5% fiber, and 10% minerals and vitamins, making it an excellent source of nutrition. It contains ample amounts of potassium, all of the B vitamins, magnesium, zinc and iron, beta carotene and lutein.
Chlorella is also a complete protein, meaning that it contains all the essential amino acids a person needs to survive in the correct proportions for cellular use. Under certain growing conditions, Chlorella also yields oils high in polyunsaturated fats, which are the healthy variety of lipids (also known as ‘good fats’) and can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and lower blood cholesterol.
Chlorella Health Benefits
In its natural form, Chlorella has been found to have anti-tumor properties when fed to mice, and likewise enhanced vascular function in hypertensive rats. Chlorella also contains vitamin C and carotenoids, both of which are antioxidants- compounds that block the action of free radicals and their potential cancer-causing disruption of cells.
Several studies suggest that Chlorella supplementation even has a positive effect on the reduction of dioxin levels in breast milk and it may also have beneficial effects on nursing infants by increasing the levels of antibody IgA, which helps an infant’s immune system develop, in breast milk.
Chorella’s presence in the stomach and digestive tract can increase good bacteria in the intestine in order to help treat ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulosis.
- Chlorella in Shakeology – Each Shakeology serving contains 350 mg of Chlorella.
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