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.
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.
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
|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.
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