You’re likely familiar with that beautiful, citrusy herb cilantro. Less widely known is chlorella, which is another impressive product of Mother Nature that offers the body some incredible health benefits. These two natural wonders together are a lean, green power machine!
Chlor-e-what? What is Chlorella?
Native to Taiwan and Japan, chlorella is a green, single-celled freshwater algae. Gaining in notoriety, it’s said to be one of the most powerful foods on earth. It quadruples in size every 24 hours, resulting in high amounts of phytonutrients like beta-glucans, which are a type of fiber that can boost immunity, improve blood glucose, lower cholesterol and improve gut microbiome.
Just on its own, chlorella’s perceived benefits include:
- Boosting immunity, energy and brain power
- Aiding in digestive health and weight loss
- Reducing cholesterol
According to this recent article by Byrdie, chlorella is incredibly nutrient dense, being rich in protein, certain vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and omega-3s.
The Basics About Cilantro
The herb cilantro, as you very well know from adding it to your own dishes or enjoying its flavor while dining out, is commonly used in salads, soups and salsas. It’s known to be an antioxidant with antihistamine, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
According to WebMD, cilantro is also linked to brain health, as well as blood sugar reduction and reduced anxiety. In addition, its antimicrobial properties have been found to be effective against bacteria and prevent food-borne illnesses. That’s amazing! Nutritionally, cilantro is packed with essential vitamins and minerals.
Two Are Better Than One
Here at Fuel 4 Ever, we believe that the powerful combination of chlorella and cilantro may help increase overall longevity and metabolic health. Let’s dig deeper to find out how.
We all know that quality sleep is critical to living a healthy lifestyle. It’s your most effective recovery tool and there is a proven link between sleep and life expectancy. So check this out: Did you know that chlorella contains a sleep-enhancing amino acid called tryptophan (the same culprit found in turkey that we blame for our post-Thanksgiving grogginess)? This amino acid is used by the brain to produce serotonin and melatonin. And then consider cilantro, which can help decrease anxiety and improve sleep quality with its natural sedative properties. What a great combination for more restful sleep! This is exactly why we included both organic cilantro leaf powder and organic chlorella cracked cell wall powder in our all natural SLEEP supplement. Just enough to hopefully make a difference in your quest for rest and recovery.
Stimulating a Natural Detox of Heavy Metals
Chlorella and cilantro together also offer a natural form of chelation (metal detox). Throughout our lives, the ingestion of unwanted toxins leads to build up in the brain, liver and gut which consequently has enormous effects on our well-being, overall energy levels, gut health and even our mental health. Very unfortunately, our bodies absorb small amounts of metals and toxins every day as we fulfill our basic nutritional needs by ingesting foods and liquids. Small amounts might not sound like a big deal, but over time, that adds up!
Cilantro is also an active force against these toxins, binding heavy metals like arsenic, cadmium, aluminum, lead and mercury together, and then loosening them from tissues in the body to facilitate their elimination.
So it seems like a no brainer — these two finds from nature have some strong selling points. Together cilantro and chlorella can help you sleep better and gently detox the body of unwanted toxins. But as with any addition to your diet, we always recommend that you consult a doctor first before trying any new supplements. Smaller doses of the combo are safe, but too much can lead to an upset stomach and indigestion.