Chlorella Benefits

Latin Name

Chlorella vulgaris

Also Known As

Blue-green algae



Parts Used

Whole parts of blue-green algae

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

Known as the “Jewel of the East”, chlorella is a genus of single cell freshwater green algae which is comprised of organisms that have survived as a life form for billions of years. It has survived because its tough outer shell has protected its genetic integrity as fossil remains have demonstrated. It is one of the most efficient foods on earth in using and concentrating sunshine as is shown by its high chlorophyll content and rapid reproduction rate known as the “Chlorella Growth Factor” or CGF.


Chlorella has an astounding macro and micro nutrient profile containing a plethora of essential vitamins and minerals. It contains around 50% complete protein with around 70% net protein utilisation/digestibility. 

This supergreen algae has been gaining notoriety as a heavyweight in the world of detox – especially heavy metal detox. One of chlorella’s most significant health benefits is that it wraps itself around even the most stubborn toxins in the body such as cadmium, lead, mercury and uranium and safely eliminates them, it is the fibrous material in chlorella that has been shown to bind with heavy metals and pesticides. When purchasing chlorella it is important to look for "cracked wall" chlorella - this is bioavailable and easily absorbed by our bodies. 

Other scientifically supported health benefits include; boosting your immune system, improving antioxidant status, improving glucose uptake into cells, reducing blood pressure, improving insulin resistance, preventing gastric ulcers, reducing fibromyalgia pain and protecting against radiation poisoning.

The Chlorella Growth Factor

This is a nucleotide-peptide complex made mostly of nucleic acid derivatives, it is this that allows chlorella to grow so fast, with one cell multiplying into 4 new cells every 20 hours or so. Dr Minchinori Kimura of Japan found levels of 10% RNA (ribonucleic acid) and 3% DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) in chlorella, making it the highest known food substance in nucleic acids. The DNA and RNA we eat do not directly replace human cellular DNA and RNA, rather their amino acid combinations after digestion and assimilation immediately supply the “building blocks” for the repair of our genetic material.

It has been demonstrated that as people age, cell processes slow down.  The cell wall which regulates fluids, intake of nutrients and expulsion of wastes becomes less functional.  When toxic wastes remain in the cells it leads to an acidic condition in the body which favours many kinds of chronic and degenerative diseases.  When we have sufficient intake of DNA and RNA to protect our own cellular nucleic acids, the cell wall continues to function efficiently, our bodies are able to use nutrients more effectively, cells are able to repair themselves and the energy levels and vitality of our bodies are raised.  The CGF actually speeds up the growth of friendly intestinal bacteria and, used regularly, chlorella can assist in the repair of damaged genetic material, protecting our health and slowing down the aging process.

Typical Use

Take ½ to 2 teaspoons 1 or 2 times per day

1-4 tablets taken 2 or 3 times per day


Highly digestible complete protein (Chlorella is 50% protein.)

High in Fibre

High in Chlorophyll

Most of the known B vitamins
Vitamin E, Folate, Biotin

Macrominerals: Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium. Phosphorus, Iron

Trace minerals.
Omega-3 fatty acids including GLA.
Nucleic acids (RNA & DNA).


None known.