Chlorella vulgaris is a type of freshwater algae rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants including B vitamins, iron, carotenoids, and vitamin C. Chlorella is also packed with amino acids, which, as we know, are the building blocks of collagen. In Japan, herbal remedies to treat many different illnesses include Chlorella vulgaris because it contains the highest chlorophyll concentration of any plant. Chlorophyll contains wound healing and tissue regeneration properties and acts like a natural antibiotic
Chlorella can be useful in treating stretch marks or sun damaged skin due to its abundant amino acid content. Amino acids have the ability to restructure and smooth the skin’s surface. This skin conditioning and protecting agent is believed to have powerful anti-aging benefits, mainly due to the fact that it is a rich source of carotenoids- a family of nutrients that, when ingested, deposit into the skin and protect it from the harmful effects of UV rays. In addition, Chlorella vulgaris is an excellent source of methyl-cobolamine, the most absorbable form of vitamin B12- useful in maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin.