Time for a post-Easter detox? All you need is chlorella
Did you wash down your Easter choccy with one too many wines? What you need is some chlorella — not to be confused with nasty intestinal infection cholera —which is one of Japan's top superfoods and becoming increasingly popular across the world due to its incredible detoxifying properties.
Chlorella is a single-celled, fresh water algae with the highest levels of chlorophyll of the entire plant world (which explains its rather awesome bright green hue). It helps rid the liver of excess toxins, such as alcohol, heavy metals and environmental pollutants and is also packed with tons of vitamins, minerals and nutrients including Vitamins B2, B6 and B12, iron, copper and biotin.
A Japanese study found that taking 4 to 6 grams of chlorella before drinking reduced hangovers by 96 percent so we're more than sold. It has also been shown to reduce body fat percentage and blood glucose levels, boost energy, aid digestion and help those suffering from Type 2 diabetes, obesity or heart disease.
It may also help those with mental illness as it is a great source of magnesium, known as nature's best anti-depressant.
Chlorella is grown in freshwater ponds in the Far East and in its natural state is impossible to digest so it is milled after harvesting into powder or tablet form. As a powder it can be added to smoothies, sprinkled over salads or added to water for a liquid algae treat.
Note: Although chlorella is a natural food and safe for most people to take, it is not recommended for those who take warfarin because it contains Vitamin K1, which helps blood clot, whereas warfarin acts as an anticoagulant.