Does Chlorella Benefit the Skin?

by Andrea Cespedes ; Updated July 18, 2017

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Chlorella isn't just an ingredient for the latest superfood smoothie. Cosmetic companies are starting to include the green algae as an ingredient in skin products. Research suggests that chlorella, a blue-green algae rich in amino acids and antioxidants, can help your skin whether you drink it or lather it on.

Nutrient Rich

Chlorella contains immune-boosting vitamin C and is rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, iron and fiber. Consuming it regularly may help you get adequate amounts of a these nutrients which can lead to skin glowing with good health, explains registered dietitian Gloria Tsang, author of "Go UnDiet: 50 Small Actions for Lasting Weight Loss."

Anti-Aging Potential

Extracts from chlorella may help improve the production of your skin's collagen, the primary protein responsible for elasticity. According to "Personal Care Magazine," clinical tests have shown that a 1-percent concentration of dermochlorella, a type of chlorella, increased skin's firmness and tone after 84 days of use. It may also help improve skin problems that occur due to the formulation of new blood vessels, including psoriasis, rosacea and general redness. The antioxidants in chlorella may protect skin cells from accelerated aging brought on by skin-damaging free radicals and sun damage.

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Andrea Cespedes has been in the fitness industry for more than 20 years. A personal trainer, run coach, group fitness instructor and master yoga teacher, she also holds certifications in holistic and fitness nutrition.