Ask The Herb Lady

With Cathy Schram

What Is Chlorella?

How about something for congestion?

Q: Is Chlorella good for you and can I take it on a daily basis?

A: Chlorella is quite possibly the world’s most nutrient-rich food. It contains more than 20 different vitamins and minerals and provides an abundance of naturally occurring beta carotene. It is also one of the highest natural sources of chlorophyll, and is rich in lysine. Chlorella contains more Vitamin B-12 than beef liver, plus it contains iron, iodine and zinc.

So, what is chlorella? It is a green, single-cell fresh-water algae. Each cell is a self-sufficient organism with all of the plant’s life functions taking place inside the cell. The result is an unusually high concentration of important nutrients in the chlorella plant. Chlorella contains up to 10 times more chlorophyll and 12 times more iron than spirulina. Chlorella is a whole food and is easily digestible.

Taking chlorella regularly can help you fight fatigue and stress and make you more energetic. It helps rid your body of waste and toxins, an important key to a clean and healthy colon. It helps restore natural balance to your body so that you may achieve your ideal weight. It can help make you feel younger and healthier.

When purchasing chlorella, make sure that it is not heat-treated. This can destroy the nutritional value. You also want chlorella that has been grown in fresh water and that has been purified and contains no harmful contaminants.
And, yes, you can take chlorella on a daily basis. By making chlorella part of your daily routine, you can help strengthen your body’s natural healing powers and stimulate your defenses.

Q: I am always congested. What kind of natural supplement can I take?

A: A great herbal decongestant which does not cause drowsiness is fenugreek and thyme. This will help thin mucosal fluids and stimulate expectoration, therefore, eliminating the congestion. It helps reduce coughing by relaxing muscle spasms. Thyme has strong anti-septic properties which help fight infection.

This herb information is for health education purposes only. It is not intended to replace the services of licensed health practitioners. Consult with a physician for any condition that requires professional care.

Do you have questions about herbs or vitamins? Send them to Cathy Schram, CNHP and Certified Herbalist. Write to: Herbs & More, 16021 Manchester Rd., Ellisville, MO 63011.