These tiny, single-celled green micro algae are “freshwater phytoplankton” that float on the water’s surface soaking up sunshine and converting it into green energy power cells! The name “Chlorella” comes from the Latin words for “green leaf” and “small.” Chlorella contains the highest percentage of chlorophyll (the green pigment in plants) of any plant on earth. Chlorophyll is what gives Chlorella deep, emerald-green colour.
But these fast-growing, microscopic green energy cells are not only packed with chlorophyll; Chlorella contains concentrated levels of protein (with all the essential amino acids) and essential fats, along with complex carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins and minerals including antioxidants, carotenoids (especially lutein) and nucleic acids. Researchers in Japan and Korea are finding that Chlorella intake has a positive effect on blood cholesterol and blood sugar. Studies show that chlorella also has the power to remove toxins from the body.