Chlorella is a freshwater algae. Its name derives from two Latin words meaning 'leaf' (green) and 'small', referring to its unusually high chlorophyll content – the highest of any known plant. This gives chlorella its characteristic deep emerald–green color and grass–like smell. Fossils of chlorella have been found dating back three billion years making it one of the oldest known plants.
Chlorella is one of the healthiest, most potent foods in existence. In addition to being a perfect food for humans, lower grades of chlorella are fed to livestock worldwide.
This algae also has a rich array of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, essential fatty acids, amino acids and hundreds of micronutrients, trace elements and nutritional compounds, similar to spirulina and blue–green algae.
Vitamin A – beta carotene
vitamin B1 (thiamine)
vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
vitamin B6, vitamin B12
vitamin C, vitamin E
Chlorella contains the following amino acids (protein): arginine, lysine, histidine, phenylalanine, tyrosine, leucine, isoleucine, methionine, valine, alanine, glycine, proline, glutamic acid, serine, threonine, aspartic acid, tryptophan and cystine.
It also contains all digestive enzymes including chloropyllase and pepsin, and lipoic acid, an important microbial growth factor.
Chlorella is a powerful, high–protein algae. It is about 65% assimilable protein. There are five grams of protein in one teaspoon or fifteen grams in one tablespoon.
How Is Chlorella Grown?
Like Spirulina, chlorella is grown in confined ponds, free from any other species of algae. And unlike nutrient-depleted crops grown in nutrient-depleted soils due to intensive farming, the percentage of its various nutrients can be changed by modifying the growth medium.
Chlorella transforms inorganic chemicals into active, living bio–nutrients, sun–energized to provide vital food nutrients.
Chlorella quadruples approximately every 24 hours, which is indicative of the health and purity of species.
The Importance Of Breaking Open The Chlorella Cell Wall
Chlorella’s fibrous cell walls are the factor that differentiates it from other algae. These cell walls must be broken for the maximum assimilation of chlorella’s nutrients, but without destroying them. Some other chlorella products do not do this.
The cell wall of chlorella has been found to be particularly valuable. It binds with heavy metals, pesticides, and such carcinogens as PCBs (polychlorobinphenyls) and carries these toxins safely out of the body. Another feature of the cell is a substructure that contains complex polysaccharides, a plant chemical constituent renowned for promoting powerful immune responses.
The cell wall also contains compounds related to those found in bacteria that fortify immunity and protect against mutation.
Chlorella also promotes cardiovascular health and contains natural digestive and other enzymes,
Chlorella is particularly useful for the many conditions that benefit from chlorophyll's ability to purify, renew, and provide anti–inflammatory properties. Treatment of viruses and fungi that sap energy, such as candida–overgrowth, Epstein–Barr virus, chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome (CFIDS) and AIDS, is advanced by the immune–enhancing qualities of CGF, as well as the antiviral effect of chlorophyll. It also assists all blood sugar imbalances like diabetes, hypoglycemia and manic depression.
Chlorella contains large quantities of fatty acids, particularly the artery–cleansing omega–3, alpha–linolenic variety. This could explain chlorella’s effectiveness in reducing blood cholesterol in the body and preventing artherosclerosis.
Chlorella corrects nutritional deficiencies and facilitates detoxification. Clinical usefulness of chlorella to detoxify serum cadmium was shown by a scientific study by N. Hagino in 1975. When chlorella was given for 12 days, cadmium excretions increased three times over the baseline; after 24 days of chlorella the urine cadmium had increased seven times over the baseline. Chlorella has been studied to detoxify polychlorbiphenyl (PCB) and chlordecone, another chlorinated hydrocarbon.
Many studies have shown that chlorella helps liver detoxification. Elevated levels of albumin and decreased levels of globulins have been shown, which is what a doctor expects to see when a liver improves its function.
Chlorella Is Alkaline And Helps Balance Your Body's pH
Processed and junk foods contribute towards an acidic body environment, conditions which can allow disease to live and thrive. Chlorella has a similar effect as spirulina in that it is alkaline and helps maintain a neutral body pH of about 7.2-7.4.
Chlorophyll, Magnesium And Cardiovascular/Vascular Health
Chlorophyll cells are nearly identical to hemoglobin (red blood cells) with one exception: chlorophyll has a magnesium molecule at that center of it; hemoglobin has an iron molecule at the center of it.
This is important because magnesium is essential for the heart to function properly. Every time our heart beats, it is utilizing magnesium to do so. Chlorophyll has been used successfully in the treatment of cardiac hypertension. It also cleanses the bowel, kidneys, liver and bloodstream. Chlorophyll is effective against anemia and stimulates the production of red blood cells in the body. It also helps carry oxygen around the body and to the brain. This is why Chlorella is often called ‘Brain Food’.
Chlorella And Immune System Support
Chlorella helps boost the immune system because it contains a compound known as chlorellan, which stimulates the production of interferon and the activity of macrophages (important defense cells in our immune system). Because of this and other reasons, chlorella has a strong anti–cancer activity.
Chlorella and Liver Function
"Fink studied chlorella as a food in rats and concluded that it prevented liver gangrene in these animals. The agents that were thought to be exerting these effects were thioamine acid, vitamin E and an unidentified substance (factor 3 of Schwarz)....Chlorella has also been shown to protect the liver from toxic injury due to ethionine. Ethionine is a drug that induces a fatty liver type of injury much like the liver damage that malnutrition produces.
Other studies have shown elevated levels of albumin and decreased levels of globulins while taking Chlorella which is what you would expect to see." "Chlorella – Natural Medicinal Algae" (1992) by Dr David Steenblock B.S.,M.Sc.,D.O.
*****Chlorella's Effect On Digestion And Digestive Tract Health
“The bowel is the most important elimination organ in the body. It is often affected by dietary deficiencies, lack of fibre, lack of exercise and the stress of modern living. Chlorella has proven itself to be a wonderful cleanser and tonic for the bowel, even restoring the normal function of a flaccid, under–active bowel, in some cases. The average colon contains 400 to 500 species of bacteria, fungi, yeast and virus, which scientists classify as ‘friendly’ (beneficial to the body) or ‘unfriendly’ flora, such as E.coli, which multiply rapidly until they make up 85% of the bowel flora.
“These add their own highly poisonous wastes to the colon environment, increasing the toxin level even more... There are four components of chlorella that accelerate the process of bowel cleansing and detoxification. These four ingredients are chlorophyll, Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), protein and fiber, which work in harmony to clean up the colon. The chlorophyll in chlorella is the most powerful cleansing agent found in nature.
“As it begins to detoxify the bowel, it also detoxifies the liver and bloodstream, feeds the friendly flora and soothes irritated tissue along the bowel wall. CGF speeds up healing in the bowel wall, while the protein in chlorella is immediately available to repair and rebuild damaged tissue, and the RNA so abundant in chlorella also hastens the healing process."
"Chlorella, Jewel Of The Far East" (1992) by Dr Bernard Jensen D.O.,Ph.D.
******Chlorella And Chlorophyll
"Chlorella contains the highest percentage of chlorophyll in the known plant world, from 1.7% to 7%. The chlorophyll molecule is very similar to the hemoglobin molecule in blood, and it acts as a wonderful cleanser in the bowel, kidneys, liver and bloodstream. Green plants help build red blood cell count and control calcium in the body. Chlorella contains as high as 7% chlorophyll, 35 times more than we find in alfalfa. An experiment by the US Army showed that animals fed chlorophyll–rich greens survived twice as long as other animals when all were exposed to fatal levels of radiation. Another experiment by scientists at National Taiwan University showed that Chlorella helped protect rats from liver damage when they were fed a toxic chemical named ethionine."
"Chlorella, Jewel Of The Far East" (1992) by Dr. Bernard Jensen,D.O.,Ph.D.
*****Some Of The Many Health Benefits Of Chlorella
"Chlorella is a wonderful food supplement and it will work best and most rapidly if combined with a correctly balanced and proportioned food regime....We find that the average person does not get enough green vegetables in the diet and chlorella helps compensate for that. The average person may not have proper bowel elimination and chlorella helps make up for that. The average woman does not have enough iron or calcium, especially after the age of forty, and chlorella is high in both. The average person does not repair and rebuild tissue fast enough, and chlorella helps speed it up. These are some of the reasons why chlorella has such a positive effect on health."
"Chlorella, Jewel Of The Far East" (1992) by Dr Bernard Jensen, D.O., Ph.D.
******The Chlorella Cell Wall And Its Detoxification Properties
"Chlorella is highly detoxifying for many reasons, but one specific detoxification capability of Chlorella is due to its unique cell wall and the material associated with it. The cell walls of Chlorella have been shown to have three layers of which the thicker middle layer contains cellulose microfibrils. Atkinson et al found a 14nm thick trilaminar layer outside the cell wall proper, which was extremely resistant to breakage and thought to be composed of a polymerised carotene–like material. Laboratory studies showed that there were two active absorbing substances – sporopollenin (a naturally occurring carotene–like polymer which is resistant to degradation) and the algae cell walls."
"Chlorella – Natural Medicinal Algae" (1992) by Dr David Steenblock,B.S.,M.Sc.,D.O.
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