Source of nutrients, immune system booster, undoubtedly super food. Sounds unreal? Let me introduce my new friend – chlorella. This green algae has amazing properties which can be helpful even in some cases of hypothyroidism.
Chlorella is an algae mainly from Taiwan and Japan. This protein is rich with phytonutrients, including amino acids, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, potassium, phosphorous, biotin, magnesium and the B-complex vitamins. (soure: Dr. Axe) Wow! This is what you need to support your thyroid and feel more energized, isn’t it?
Top 5 chlorella benefits
#1 Immune system support
Chlorella has been found to preserve the function of important immune cells, what has been shown in the research from Nutrition Journal. Chlorella supports a healthy immune system response and helps “natural killer” cell activity. (detailed research available here). This means that if you suffer from hypothyroidism and your body is prone to produce more antibodies (leading to more serious than hypothyroidism – Hashimoto’s disease) – chlorella supplementation may reduce this risk. However I found various opinions, because chlorella may contain some iodine which is very controversial. Iodine actually helps with hypothyroidism (check on American Thyroid Association), but some people are so afraid of iodine in their diet. (Especially if you have autoimmune thyroid condition!)
#2 Healthy skin
One of the most common problems in hypothyroidism is too dry skin and sometimes acne. What happens after acne is obvious – you have some skin discolorations or even scars. There is a good news for you – some studies have shown that treatment using chlorella can help with the effects of scars on the skin. Also because chlorella detoxifies your liver, all of the toxins are removed from your organism, so your skin becomes cleaner. Chlorella also increases the levels of vitamin A in your body, so automatically your skin looks younger! Isn’t it a good news?
#3 Loosing weight
Most people with hypothyroidism struggle to loose weight. Chlorella supports hormonal function which helps your metabolism. According to Journal of Medicinal Food,
patients taking chlorella had noticeable reductions in body fat percentage, serum total cholesterol, and fasting blood glucose levels.
#4 Joint health #5 Heavy metals detox
Chlorella contains chlorophyll – that is why it is bright green. This natural, cleansing substance fights inflammation associated with joint pain (naturalnews.com). Chlorella is rich in minerals, which also may help if you suffer from joint pain.
What is more, joint pain is often worse when your body is full of toxic substances; chemical pesticides and heavy metals (for instance mercury). Chlorella added to your smoothie detoxify your cells and tissues.
A 1-ounce (3 tbsp) serving of chlorella contains:
Vitamin A—287% RDA
Vitamin B2—71% RDA
Vitamin B3—33% RDA
(source: Dr Axe)
You can find chlorella in powder as well as in pills. I recommend powder, probably less processed than pills, although because it tastes pretty strong, I will keep adding it to my smoothies only (1/2 tbsp of chlorella powder + pineapple + mango + 2-3 dates to make it sweeter + lemon & water should taste good together). Try it and let me know how it worked for you 🙂
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Have you ever tried chlorella before? If you know any other proteins good for thyroid health, let me know in a comment bellow.
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