Chlorella is a fresh water, single-celled algae that grows in fresh water. Chlorella emerged over 2 billion years ago, and was the first form of a plant with a well-defined nucleus. Because Chlorella is a microscopic organism, it was not discovered until the late 19th century, deriving its name from the Greek, “chloros” meaning green and “ella” meaning small. In fact that chlorella contains the highest amount of chlorophyll of any known plant.
Chlorella is used orally for cancer prevention, stimulating the immune system, improving response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (in people with HIV infection or cancer), preventing colds, to protect the body from the effects of radiation (during cancer therapy), to protect the body from toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and to slow aging. It is also used orally to increase beneficial flora in the gastrointestinal tract in order to improve digestion, and to help treat ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulosis. Chlorella is also promoted for the prevention of stress-induced ulcers, treatment of constipation, bad breath, and hypertension, as an antioxidant, to reduce serum cholesterol, to increase energy, to detoxify the body, and as a source of magnesium to promote mental health, relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and reduce asthma attacks. It is also used orally for fibromyalgia.