Chlorella vulgaris

A single-celled green algae, spherical in shape and containing chlorophyll-a and -b in chloroplast. It reproduces rapidly with photosynthesis.

Family: Chlorellaceae

Which probiotic is it in?: Chlorella is a key herb in Sustain

Habit and cultivation: Found world wide in fresh water and grown in vats for commercial and scientific research.

Actions (known for): Anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, anti-lipidemic, immune booster, nutritious natural supplement.


Arrived on earth more than 2 billion years ago. ‘Chlor’ translates from Latin as green and ‘ella’ means tiny. Only began harvesting for nutritional purposes in 1950s in Japan.

Parts used:

Complete form.

Constituents (bio available chemicals):

Crude proteins, fats and carbs.

Nutritional constituents:

Vitamins: B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, E. Minerals: iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, sulphur. Vegetable protein (including all essential and non-essential amino acids).


Liver function, detoxifies heavy metals, stomach ulcers, diabetes, depression, regulates blood pressure, improves memory, constipation, IBS and the common cold.


500-1g daily for maintenance. Up to 6g daily to boost immunity.

British Herbal Pharmacopoeia

Cautions for therapeutic doses

Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

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