Chlorella

 

Chlorella is a fresh water, single-celled algae that grows in fresh water and is about the size of a human erythrocyte (red blood cell) about 2-8 microns in diameter.  Chlorella emerged over 2 billion years ago, was the first form of a plant with a well=defined nucleus, and belongs to the eukaryotic family of algae – which means visible nuclei.


Chlorella is one of the most vibrant and energetic organisms on earth and able to reproduce rapidly due to its highly active cellular components. Because chlorella is a microscopic organism, it was not discovered until the late 19th century, deriving it’s name from the Greek, “chloros” meaning green and the Latin “ella” meaning small.


It was only in the 1960s that Japanese scientists began to study chlorella as a tool of good health.  Natural health enthusiasts know chlorella well as an excellent source of general nutrition.

Often referred to as the “perfect whole food”, chlorella contains the highest amount of chlorophyll of any known plant.  In fact, it’s the high amount of chlorophyl that gives chlorella it’s rich green color.  

 

 

Chlorella contains the green photosynthetic pigments chlorophyll-a and -b in it’s chloroplast and through photosynthesis, multiplies rapidly, requiring only carbon dioxide, water, sunlight, and a small amount of minerals to reproduce.

Chlorella is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, chlorella growth factor, and other beneficial substances.  It is often referred to as nature’s multivitamin.  The synergistic nature of chlorella’s nutrients function together in a way individual supplements can’t touch.  Chlorella is famous for providing a vast array of benefits while fighting numerous diseases and conditions.


 

 

Chlorella is an attractive potential food source because it is high in protein and other essential nutrients; when dried, it is about 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrate, 5% fiber, and 10% minerals and vitamins. In addition, it is rich in chlorophyll and carotenoids (such as astaxanthin, canthaxanthin, flavoxanthin, loraxanthin, neoxanthin, & violaxanthin). Chlorella also contains the xanthophyll, echinenone.


 These nutritious factors are called Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF).  CGF is a mix of its nucleic acids along with important;

– glyco-nutrients (glucose, mannose, rhamnose, arabinose, galactose, & xylose) and

amino acids (glutamine, alanine, serine, glycine, proline, asparagine, threonine, lysine, cysteine, tyrosine, & leucine).

 

Chlorella Growth Factor gives chlorella it’s ability to promote tissue repair and growth. It is a very suitable alkaline food for all ages, from infants to the elderly.

   

There are several species of chlorella. Those most commonly used in nutritional supplements are Chlorella Vulgaris and Chlorella Pyrenoidosa. Spirulina is a blue-green algae and may be among the oldest plant forms on earth.

  It is rich in phytonutrients, which significantly boosts the immune system.

It also has carotenoid antioxidants, which reduce the risk of cancer and helps with detoxifying the body.

 

 

Unlike other green food, chewing and digesting chlorella will not release the powerful health benefits contained within this green algae because humans don’t have the enzymes necessary to break down and digest it’s tough outer cell wall.


Chlorella’s cell wall must be broken down before people can get the benefits of it’s nutrients inside, so make sure the chlorella you use is broken cell wall chlorella.


 
 Poor production methods can result in a contaminated product, and there are some manufacturers who use high-heat processing which destroys many of the benefits of chlorella.  
 

 The typical maintenance dose for chlorella is 3-6 grams per day.  However, much higher dosages can be used to fight existing degenerative conditions and for heavy metal detox (as much as 20-30 grams per day).  Since quality chlorella is a whole super food, it is generally safe to take in large doses.

Some people find they need to start small and gradually increase the dosage as their body adjusts to chlorella.  Start with as little as 500 mg per day and add slowly as needed.

 

For many years, chlorella has been known as a detoxifier, and it is commonly used in colon cleansing regimes. Chlorella binds to heavy metals as well as other toxic substances in the bowel and helps with the detoxification process.

 

 The primary method chlorella uses to bind metal toxins is to sequester them on it’s cell wall. This makes sense, as letting them into the cell interior as a first method of defense would cause cell malfunction eventually leading to cell death.

Of course, supplemental chlorella is no longer living but these metal-binding properties of it’s cell wall remain quite functional.


Why We Need Chlorella – Pollution, Chemical Toxins, & Heavy Metals
Our air and water quality is declining and there is no practical way to avoid our exposure to it. Chlorella is particularly valuable for its ability to remove modern day toxins from our bodies. It is a powerful, alkaline food source anti-oxidant, and detoxifier of heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, & insecticides.
Pesticides, herbicides, & fungicides coat traditional supermarket fruits & vegetables and GMO foods (made by Monsanto & Dupont) have these poisons inside every cell of the food.

Chemical by-products from manufacturing are routinely dumped into our air & water, and mercury amalgam fillings in your teeth release toxic mercury into your body constantly!
The seafood in our oceans are laden with heavy metals & mercury and pass these poisons up the food chain until potentially massive doses of both wind up on your dinner plate disguised as a healthy meal.

Underground water supplies have been tainted by chemical, pesticide, herbicide, & fungicide run off from farms, factories, and high technology industries.
In fact, many poisons come into your home through your drinking and bathing water, including fluoride, chlorine, and many heavy metals.

It doesn’t take much imagination to see that your body is under attack from environmental pollution every single day and since these toxins are not easily excreted, they accumulate, adding to your body’s bio-burden (which makes us sick).


Mercury Prevalence
Pollutants, chemicals, & heavy metals found in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breath go through a process of detoxification in our bodies, and are then excreted through our stool, urine, and sweat. Chlorella helps to naturally support this detoxification process.

There’s mercury everywhere around us. It’s in the:
– food (seafood),
– medicines (vaccines, immunizations, & flu shots),
– lights (compact fluorescent lights), and
– mercury fillings.

Mercury is the second most toxic substance on the planet (after plutonium) and is highly toxic to human health.
That’s where chlorella enters the picture. This amazing micro-algae superfood binds to mercury and helps remove it from your body, safely and naturally.
 

As a trained and experienced Holistic Dentist, Dr. Taras uses chlorella (along with ozone & specialized suctions) to protect patients from mercury vapor during mercury filling removal.

Chlorella also can detoxify pollutants & chemical toxins, such as dioxin and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs are chemical compounds used in plastics, insulation, and flame retardants, with the potential to cause cancer and liver damage). PCBs and their more toxic derivatives, furans & dioxins, pose one of the great health challenges to all Americans. These are fat soluble toxins that readily accumulate in the food chain and now permeate our food supply with virtually all Americans proven to have excess amounts of these chemical toxins stored in their fat.

Other Health Benefits
Chlorella is used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer), preventing colds, protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and slowing the aging process.
Chlorella is also used to increase “good” bacteria in the intestine in order to improve digestion; and help treat ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulosis.

Some people also use chlorella for the prevention of stress related ulcers; treatment of constipation, bad breath, and hypertension; as an anti-oxidant; to reduce cholesterol; to increase energy; to detoxify the body; and as a source of magnesium to promote mental health, relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and reduce asthma attacks. It is also used for fibromyalgia.

Precautions
As a precaution, if you use chlorella every day, take a vitamin B capsule at least once a week as some European studies showed that chlorella may weaken Vitamin B supplies in the body.
Some individuals have experienced stomach discomfort after using chlorella. If you experience symptoms of stomach discomfort discontinue using immediately.
Avoid chlorella if you are on anti-coagulant drugs like warfarin because of the vitamin K, which acts as a clotting agent.
Consider consulting a Naturopath or Holistic Physician (avoid traditional physicians!) before supplementing with chlorella. Dr. Taras is a High-Tech, Holistic Dentist with a second doctorate as a Naturopathic Physician, and a degree as a Certified Nutritional Consultant, as well as a degree in Integrative Biologic Dental Medicine.