Chlorella algae are freshwater algae and form an important part for human nutrition. The scientific name of Chlorella algae is “Chlorella vulgaris” and grows naturally in freshwater lakes. However, the commercially available chlorella powder does not come from algae collected in lakes, but is obtained exclusively from chlorella algae produced in a closed glass tube system. This ensures that the algae have not absorbed any pollutants during their growth phase. By contrast, the glass tube does not prevent the algae from undergoing photosynthesis and the development of chlorophyll. Before being shipped, the algae are spray-dried.
Chlorella powder is a dietary supplement that provides valuable services in the kitchen, enriching various foods such as soups, pastas, shakes and salads. The powder is stable in its packaging for at least one year. In addition to a use in the kitchen, the Chlorella vulgaris can also be taken directly as a dietary supplement, with a recommended dose of one teaspoon per day.
The algae powder contains different minerals and amino acids, especially a high iron content. In addition, the algae provide the minerals potassium, calcium and magnesium in a ratio that is ideal for the human body. Furthermore, the consumption of chlorella improves the supply of fiber to the body. The presence of vitamin B12 in the algae is not only important for vegetarians but for basically everybody, as this vitamin is present only in small quantities in most plant based foods. Other valuable ingredients of chlorella are lutein, carotene (provitamin A) and zeaxanthin.
The green color is based on a high content of chlorophyll in the chlorella algae formed by photosynthesis.