Chlorella is a unicellular, green algae that is protected by a strong cell wall. In order to obtain its library of phytonutrients including chlorophyll this wall must be broken. Some strains are now being marketed for their soft wall and the increased bioavailability this provides.
Chlorella is found in fresh water and contains a high concentration of chlorophyll, nucleic acids, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and zinc, a mineral often deficient in females and athletes.
Chlorella contains much more chlorophyll than Spirulina but because it’s cell wall is made of cellulose, much of the chlorophyll remains unabsorbed and is excreted along with cellulose.
Chlorella’s health benefits include improved immunity, detoxification and anti-cancer activity. It is also believed to enhance white blood cell function and speed wound healing.