The composition of Chlorella

Well known for its richest quantities of chlorophyll and the presence of vitamin B12, Chlorella is also remarkable for its others features.

Discover the Chlorella’s nutritional composition :

 

Proteins

Chlorella is rich in vegetable proteins (50% of its weight) that are easily assimilated when the Chlorella’s membrane is open. It contains the 8 amino acids that are essential for adults. [1]

 

Lipids

Comprising 10% of Chlorella, fatty acids are mainly present in the form of polyunsaturated fatty acids – with Omega-3 in particular representing 35% of the lipids in Chlorella.

 

Fibers

The fibers in Chlorella’s membrane represent 15% of its weight. They are not digested, but rather must be broken down in order to allow the microalgae’s components to be assimilated. Thesefibersare capable of capturing heavy metals to eliminate them from the body. Chlorella’s purifying capabilities are linked to these fibers, as well as to the presence of chlorophyll.

 

Vitamins

Chlorella’s benefits include effects stemming from the numerous vitamins that it contains. Vitamins present in Chlorella’s natural state include B1, B2, B6, B9, B12, C, K, and E. In particular, vitamin B12 – the “energy vitamin” – is not present in any common vegetable, making Chlorella an especially beneficial addition to the diets of vegetarians and vegans.

 

Minerals

Large amounts of minerals are present in Chlorella (10% of its composition);they foster the body’s growth, physiological functions, and metabolism.

 

Pigments

The chlorophyll in Chlorella is what gives it its green color – in fact, Chlorella is the plant with the richest quantities of this pigment, at 2-4% of its weight. Chlorophyll is a powerful antioxidant and stimulates both the immune system and hemoglobin synthesis.

Sources

[1] Morris HJ. & al. : Utilisation of Chlorella vulgaris cell biomass for the production of enzymatic protein hydrolysates. Bioresour Technol. 2008 Nov;99(16):7723-9. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2008.01.080.
 
[2] Merchant RE. & al. : Nutritional Supplementation with Chlorella pyrenoidosa Lowers Serum Methylmalonic Acid in Vegans and Vegetarians with a Suspected Vitamin B₁₂ Deficiency. J Med Food. 2015 Dec;18(12):1357-62. doi: 10.1089/jmf.2015.0056.

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