Spinach, pumpkin or squash, carrots are just some of the famous green and yellow vegetables that are not only delicious, but also highly nutritious. But there’s another plant that should be part of your daily diet as much as these vegetables are. And if you are planning to whip up something healthy and delicious for your family dinner tonight, toss in some chlorella – and level up the nutrition three to four times more!
You read that right—Chlorella, the unicellular green freshwater algae. While you can’t go to the fresh produce or seafood market looking for chlorella, you can easily get this power food from Nature’s Glory.
What Is Chlorella And How Nutritious Is It?
Chlorella is a highly attractive food source because it is power-packed with nutrients. When dried, it is about 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrate, 10% minerals and vitamins, and 5% fibre. It is one of the widely studied foods in the world, with many institutions like Carnegie Institution, Rockefeller Foundation, the NIH, UC Berkeley, and the Atomic Energy Commission among those who further study it in the United States, and with the Japanese government continuing to study about its use since the 1950s.
Among many producers, Yaeyama chlorella, cultivated and harvested in the Ishigaki islands of Japan, is considered among the purest and most potent. Yaeyama is a pristine island in Japan teeming with marine life and coral reefs. The mineral-rich coral reef waters, the clean environment, and unobstructed source of sun makes the Yaeyama chlorella among the best produced in the world.
How Does Chlorella Compare To Other Greens?
Compared to carrots, spinach and pumpkin, Chlorella proves to contain the highest nutrients.
To give you an idea about how nutritious it is, take a look at the comparison table below sourced from the Japanese Standard Tables of Food Comparison, 2010.
Chlorella offers more Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, Beta Carotene, Lutein, Chlorophyll, and Folic Acid than any other green and leafy vegetable listed above.
No wonder, this super food was considered by NASA as food in space.
The Japanese army also offered it to their soldiers during the war.
And, in the everyday fight against diseases for your kids and adults alike, chlorella is indeed a power-packed nutritious food to help your family get an extra boost for their activities.