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What Is Chlorella?

 

Chlorella (green algae; Chlorophyta),is a single-celled green microalga with small globular cells that thrives in fresh water under intense sunlight. It gets its name from the Greek "chloros" meaning green and the Latin "ella" meaning smallish, and is so small it cannot be seen by the naked eye. It’s size is around two to eight microns in diameter - small but powerful!  

Chlorella originated on the planet some 2-3 billion years ago, and it is possibly one of the world’s oldest known foods! It is not a sexually reproducible plant, but rather a microscopic freshwater green alga, which divides itself rapidly by four times every 20 to 24 hours. For a plant to have survived for this long, it must have learned some good tricks along the way. It's a survivor!

The specific algae we are talking about here is just one out of approximately 30,000 to more than one million algae species, and one of more than 20 species of chlorella. It is called Chlorella Pyrenoidosa, sometimes referred to as Sorokiniana. There is still uncertainty about the classification of the different Chlorella species. Both Chlorella Pyrenoidosa and Chlorella Vulgaris are most studied strains and the best known food Chlorella representatives, although Chlorella Pyrenoidosa is more efficient due to higher concentrations of B12, amino acids, higher protein content, and higher concentrations of CGF, making it an exceptional food.

Research History


Chlorella was discovered in 1890 by a Dutch microbiologist, Martinus Willem Beijerinck. Since that time, a huge amount of research has been done on chlorella, especially in Asia. It has even been used to fight infant malnutrition. 

In 1931, German Biochemist Otto Heinrich Warburg studied this distinctive algae for its photosynthesis properties. Chlorella multiplies rapidly with little effort due to its photosynthetic efficiency.

While his research seemed to disappear, in the 1940s interest in this wholefood soared to epic heights since it demonstrated potential as a perfect food source.. Two researchers, Jorgensen and Convit, found that feeding concentrated Chlorella to 80 patients at a leper treatment colony in Venezuela improved their conditions, and that was the first documented evidence of Chlorella’s potential as a health supplement. 

In the early 1950s, the growing concern of population growth and the lack of food prompted extensive research to determine the viability of algae as a nutrient dense food source. Japanese researchers began with a single strain of Chlorella, and now it is used daily by millions of people, mostly in Asia. 

This extensive research was promoted in many scientific magazines and newsletters of the time. The nutrient dense benefits of chlorella were confirmed. Numerous studies in the U.S., U.S.S.R., Japan, Germany and Israel led to the conclusion that it was not cost-competitive at that time. The research abruptly ended as new agricultural technologies developed to quell the concern of food shortages and starvation.

During the 1960s there was research done on the use of Chlorella in outer space as an ideal food for space travel. 


Where and How is Chlorella Grown?

 

 

This highly nutritious green superfood is mostly grown today in large freshwater ponds, and we grow ours using clean, fresh, mountain spring filtered water. The tanks are constantly stirred so each cell gets maximum fresh air and sunshine. This ensures a well-controlled environment for optimum quality. (Some manufacturers grow chlorella under artificial light indoors which is not our preference.)  We believe sunlight is very important to the quality of chlorella. If it is grown in natural sunlight, it has the highest Chlorophyll content of any other plant. This gives it it's a deep emerald color. Chlorophyll has an almost miraculous effect on the body. Because our growing environment is pollution-free, it can supply us with a pure product that is totally safe to take and highly nutritious.

After it is harvested, it is spray dried using low heat, keeping all the nutrients and enzymes safe. It is never pasteurized or freeze-dried. Chlorella manufacturers in Taiwan, in particular, have been perfecting this technique for some 45 years. They are very good at it. Chlorella is processed in such a way that all the nutrients and enzymes remain unharmed. This gives us a highly potent product that is extremely beneficial to the body.

Is Chlorella Nutritious? 

 

Yes! This amazing green food has an abundant supply of nutrients. It contains: 

  • Over 60% protein - that's over 2X the protein of beef - and it's not just any old protein. This is a complete, easily digestible protein that is well suited to humans. It can be a good source of protein for vegetarians, vegans, and anyone who wants to eat less meat and complement the protein they get from their vegetarian sources. It can help boost your iron levels, and many vegans and vegetarians use it as a natural iron supplement.

  • Chlorella also contains most of the B-group vitamins as well as vitamins C and E, with a high B12 content. The vitamin C combined with chlorella's natural zinc content helps to maintain a healthy immune system, and may help to protect from illnesses including common colds and flus. The carotene in Chlorella can fill your vitamin A needs, as it transforms into Vitamin A in the intestines. If you are feeling low in energy or under the weather, chlorella's vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can help to keep you healthy even during the cold and flu season and to give you energy and vitality during busy times. This immunity boosting ability is one of the main chlorella health benefits, along with:

  • All the amino acids you need for perfect health, even the essential ones. 

  • Polysaccharides (10-15%)

  • Lipids (12-15%)

  • Short-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, including oleic and linoleic acids

  • Carotenoids (predominantly lutein)

  • Complex Carbohydrates 

  • Minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and calcium

  • Chlorophyll-a and Chlorophyll-b, these pigments allowing Chlorella to multiply rapidly through photosynthesis.

  • Dietary antioxidants such as lutein, α-carotene, β-carotene, ascorbic acid and α-tocopherol

  • Omega-3s

  • Enzymes

  • Nucleic acids RNA and DNA  

  • Its very own Chlorella Growth Factor

  • A very important form of soluble dietary fiber called β-1,3-glucan, which is a free-radical scavenger, an active immune stimulator, and a reducer of blood cholesterol levels. 

 

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Chlorella - Not Just Another Vitamin Supplement!

Chlorella is a whole food and is easier to digest than many vitamin and mineral supplements, but it still provides you with all the necessary nutrients you need. They are easily absorbed by your body much faster than the vitamins and minerals in many commercial supplements. Commercial supplements contain synthetic, isolated nutrients vs ones that are obtained from whole foods like Chlorella.

Nothing compares to the results from this amazing Superfood. Here is what many have experienced from taking 10-20 grams of green power per day.

  • An overall improvement in the sense of well being. This increases the longer you take it.

  • An increase in energy and stamina. 

  • A clearer mind

  • Feeling stronger and healthier 

 

All these nutrients work together to maintain excellent body health, prevent disease and enhance recuperation. It's a wholefood that has everything a body could want for perfect health.

What are the Benefits of Chlorella?

 

Many diseases seem to be on the rise throughout the world, especially in the industrialized countries where processed food has become the norm.  Many people are once again turning toward an age-old trusted nutritional food called Chlorella. Some diseases that may benefit from the inclusion of chlorella in the diet include cancer, hypoglycemia, depression, intestinal ulcers and asthma. Even things that may not be overly severe, such as constipation and body odor, may improve from the use of this product. Once you start taking chlorella, you will notice an improvement in your overall health and will feel better as a result. In fact, many consider chlorella to be the perfect food.

Chlorella benefits include supporting the body to battle degenerative diseases, relief from arthritis pain, help in losing weight, and aids in Candida albicans treatment. Chlorella health benefits range from detoxing to rejuvenating. Chlorella is also good for digestion, overall health and well-being, and it is even believed to have anti-aging properties. 

Chlorella benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Helping your heart utilize magnesium - Magnesium is essential for proper heart function. Chlorella also helps to prevent anemia while stimulating the body to produce more red blood cells.

  • Improving your digestive system - Chlorella helps to eliminate bad breath as well as foul smelling stools. Constipation is also relieved with the use of this product.

  • Fighting cancer - Interferon helps your body fight cancer. Chlorella increase interferon levels. Additionally, this helps to boost the immune system.

  • Balancing the pH levels of the body - Our body's pH level is ideally between 7.2 and 7.4. This is considered neutral. Often, however, this drops to dangerously acidic levels as we eat junk food or processed foods. This allows diseases to start and grow. Being in an acidic state for a long period of time is very detrimental to the body.

  • Normalizing blood pressure and blood sugar - Low blood sugar leads to improper brain and heart function. Your body also doesn't metabolize energy properly. High blood pressure can lead to strokes and/or heart attacks.

 

Anti-Aging and Detoxing

 

Chlorella’s detoxifying properties have been known about for a very long time. And the health benefits of chlorella also include anti-aging properties. The antioxidants in chlorella fight free radicals, which can harm the body's cells and cause aging both inside the body and on the skin. It also has a normalizing and balancing effect on many body functions. Because chlorella also encourages the growth of healthy new cells in the body and the repair of cells and tissue, it is one of the best natural anti-aging health foods available. Together with its detoxifying effects and its nutrition content, anti-aging is one of chlorella's main health benefits that is getting more and more attention.

Chlorella and Anti-Aging 

The benefits of chlorella also include anti-aging properties. The antioxidants in chlorella fight free radicals which can harm the body's cells and cause aging both inside the body and on the skin. Because chlorella also encourages the growth of healthy new cells in the body and the repair of cells and tissue, it is one of the best natural anti-aging health foods available. Together with its detoxifying effects and its nutrition content, anti-aging is one of chlorella's main health benefits that is getting more and more attention.


Chlorella Health Benefits Radiation Detox

 


Not only does Chlorella boost the immune system, it also accelerates healing and protects against radiation. The Japanese used it to reduce radiation levels in humans after Hiroshima and Nagasaki with excellent results. Japan, in particular, has focused on chlorella and its ability to help detoxify the body and neutralize or remove toxins and substances that are poisonous. Studies in the United States and Europe have backed up these findings . This process can take anywhere from three to six months and will depend in large part on how much chlorella you have added to your diet.

 

Does Chlorella Remove Heavy Metals? 

People can be exposed to heavy metals without even knowing it. Chlorella can be used in detoxing and especially in a heavy metal detox. It binds to dioxins and other environmental toxins, and they get removed through our normal excretory systems. Pharmaceuticals can have serious side effects, but Chlorella is a natural way to detox. The detoxing effects can be magnified by using it with Spirulina and Cilantro.  Chlorella has been used in eliminating heavy metals from bone, muscles, ligaments, connective tissues, intestinal wall, and the brain. 

With the environment as it is today, our bodies can suffer with severe toxic buildup. These toxins, like DDT, pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals), create havoc in the body. The chlorophyll in Chlorella absorbs these pollutants, releases the heavy metals from the cells into the bloodstream, and it then helps to remove them from the body through the normal elimination channels. Even heavy metals like cadmium, mercury, arsenic and lead are expelled from the body after it is introduced to the diet. The secret is in the tough, indigestible, fibrous outer shell of Chlorella. And those with liver ailments from smoking and drinking make use of the liver detoxification effects from chlorella to assist them in their healing.

Chlorella is effective at removing mercury contamination from the body. Mercury ends up in the body from dental amalgam fillings and from fish that comes from contaminated waters, and even crops can absorb metals from contaminated soil. These toxins can cause many health problems from headaches and tiredness to serious medical conditions. Many natural dentists who remove old amalgam fillings recommend taking Chlorella to chelate the mercury. 

Chlorella can be safely taken even in large amounts, and because it is packed with minerals and vitamins, it is an ideal detox food that can be a part of any detox or weight loss program. Because it also contains healthy bacteria, it can keep the digestive system healthy and balanced during the detox. 

The ability to remove toxic contamination from the body is one of the exciting properties that are being researched today. Of course you do not have to be ill to use chlorella. You can simply use the tablets or the powder as a daily health supplement or a health food to boost energy and vitality and to let your body and mind enjoy all the chlorella health benefits.

Chlorella can be used to remove all these toxins from the body and it is even more effective if it is used together with another micro-algae, spirulina. The ability to remove toxic contamination from the body is one of the exciting properties that are being researched today. Of course you do not have to be ill to use chlorella. You can simply use the tablets or the powder as a daily health supplement or a health food to boost energy and vitality and to let your body and mind enjoy all the chlorella health benefits.

 

Chlorella Health Benefits

 

  • Increases vital energy and metabolism

  • Chlorella also helps to prevent anemia while stimulating the body to produce more red blood cells.

  • Chlorella is also known to be helpful in preventing atherosclerosis and hypercholesterolaemia.

  • Promotes healthy cell growth and repair

  • Has been know to relieve Fibromyalgia

  • Slows down aging and promotes healthy longevity

  • Strengthens the immune system and helps guard against illness

  • Decreases AST levels in Hepatitis C patients, and increases energy levels 

  • Reduces changes of degenerative diseases

  • Relieves arthritis pain inflammation

  • Helps aid in losing weight

  • Aids in Candida albicans treatment.

 

Chlorella Digestion and Healthy Bacteria 

 

The chlorophyll in this whole food contains even more health benefits. The high chlorophyll content in chlorella is packed with healthy bacteria including lactobacillus and these can help to keep your digestive system healthy and make it function at its optimum level. Lactobacillus and other healthy bacteria are important for the digestive system because they boost the growth of beneficial bacteria in your digestion and help to balance the bacteria in your intestine and bowels. Many people today take probiotic supplements to keep their digestion healthy, but chlorella contains natural beneficial bacteria in an easily digestible form and can do the same trick. If you are suffering from constipation due to stress or an unhealthy diet, try taking chlorella every day to get your digestive system working as it should and to enjoy all the chlorella health benefits for your digestion.

 

What Is Chlorella Growth Factor?

Apart from its many vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and numerous other substances, this algae has an important property called Chlorella Growth Factor or CGF. This is an extract that is extremely beneficial in the repair of human cells. CGF includes high amounts of the Nucleic Acids RNA and DNA.

 

Who Should Be Taking Chlorella?

  • Vegans and Vegetarians

  • Body Builders

  • Martial Artists

  • Sports Men and Women

  • Healthy People

  • Unhealthy People

  • Sick or Diseased People

  • People with bad physical conditions 

  • YOU!

Better health awaits! 


Chlorella Facts

Interesting facts you may not know about Chlorella:

  • Chlorella has more protein than steak, more iron than liver, more calcium than milk, more antioxidants than berries, and more chlorophyll than kale. 

  • Different strains of Chlorella can survive in temperatures as low as just above freezing to as high as 107F/42C, from arctic glacier melt waters, to the hot springs of Japan.

  • Chlorella is rich in xanthopyll which can help improve eyesight. 

  • Chlorella has been used as a coloring agent for cookies, and incorporated into pasta and noodles for its nutritional benefits.

  • Chlorella has been added to fermented milk and yogurt to enhance the viability of probiotic bacteria. 

  • Chlorella injected into diabetic rats grows to twice its normal size (Gigantism) and is believed to be an adaptation mechanism to stressful conditions. 

  • Chlorella has the potential to be used as an environmentally friendly bio fuel (as an alternative to fossil fuel), as it can accumulate large amounts of carbohydrates/lipids when grown under stress, and growing it does not need large amounts of land typical in growing feedstock such as corn.

  • Chlorella has been used in wastewater treatment due to its ability to eliminate pollutants.  

  • Chlorella has been added to animal feed, and is being studied as a protein source in tilapia feeds as an alternative to soybean-based feeds.

  • Chlorella has been used in cosmetics, as its many vitamins and antioxidants aid in skin toning, de-pigmentation, natural moisturizing ability, purifying skin, as well as treating dandruff.

  • Chlorella in pure water has been used for infants who do not have access to mother’s milk in Asian countries. 


What Is Chlorella's Ability To Fight Off Disease?

Because of its pH balancing effect, Chlorella kills off harmful bacteria that invade an unhealthy body. It also supports the growth of friendly bacteria making it an effective, natural probiotic.



Chlorella Superfood

 

The interest in superfood is currently a hot topic among consumers and health advocates. With rising rates of deadly diseases such as cancer, consumers and health advocates are concerned chemical-rich processed foods, polluted environments and poor eating habits are to blame. These concerns have consumers searching for alternative healthy food sources.  

Chlorella is touted as the new superfood in numerous books and Internet health sites. Claims of miraculous anti-aging and health benefits abound. If the world truly has a superfood, this may be it. However, chlorella benefits are not a new discovery. Its amazing potential as a potent food and energy source was discovered in 1931.

Chlorella Side Effects

Because Chlorella is actually a whole food, and not a drug, most people can eat it, even in large amounts, with no unpleasant side effects, except possibly a green tint to their stool :). Because of its ability to remove toxins, a small number of people may experience a minor rise in body temperature (not as in being sick), slight headaches, intestinal gas and nausea for the first few days, especially in people that need its cleansing abilities the most, as it regenerates the intestinal flora. Other rare initial effects that may occur in a select few are acne and other skin reactions due to the body’s attempt to regain internal balance as it actively works to expel toxins. Diarrhea and constipation are rare, but possible initially. Chlorella (and Spirulina) contain some Vitamin K1 (not as much as typical green vegetables).  If your total K intake also includes other supplements or large amounts of green foods, and especially if you are undergoing an anit-coagulation treatment, we’d suggest consulting with your doctor first to be extra cautious. Because it is a whole food and not a drug, side effects are very rare; however, if side effects don’t end after the first week, discontinue and seek your health care provider’s advice for your particular situation. 

Why Is it Important We Take Chlorella?

With all the processed foods, pollution and the sad state of the environment these days, our bodies are suffering. Most diets are lacking the nutrients we need for good health. When this happens, disease can set in and take hold. When the body is supplied with everything it needs for its survival, it gets well. It's as simple as that. The body is very good at taking care of itself given the correct materials. Chlorella supplies those materials.

If you are looking for one food that can do it all, look no further than chlorella. A number of studies have proven chlorella's benefits and you can receive these also. No matter what you are suffering from, be it joint and tissue inflammation, high blood pressure, diabetes or mineral deficiencies, chlorella can help. Your overall health will improve as you are supplying your body with the nutrients you need, and you can live life to the fullest.

  

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