Chlorella is a single-celled green algae that gets its name from it’s rich chlorophyl content, this is also where it gets its deep green pigmentation. It is the highest known food in the blood building nutrient chlorophyl, 3-5% per gram, some even suggest 10% per gram, whereas the best wheat grass juice may contain at most 0.2% per gram. There has been an extraordinary degree of scientific research conducted on chlorella dating as far as back as the early 1900s. In the late 1940s chlorella was considered as a promising food source and solution to the ever increasing population growth which, at the time, was thought to create world hunger. This algae was thought to end the potential hunger crisis by providing a high-quality food source worldwide.
All the super food algae’s boast an impressive nutrient resume, especially in terms of protein, fatty acids, antioxidants, and minerals. Chlorella by dry matter weight is roughly 45% protein making it a premier food source for pregnant mothers, developing children, and those involved in consistent exercise activities. A Japanese study followed 70 women who suffered from pregnancy induced hypertension and pregnancy anemia. The women were split in two groups, one group given a placebo, and the other given six grams of chlorella per day from their third month of pregnancy until child birth. Those who took chlorella had measurable improvements in both their anemia(measured via hemoglobin), and pregnancy induced hypertension symptoms. Chlorella contains significant amounts of iron which is essential for building blood for the prevention, and aid of anemic conditions.
During the process of photosynthesis chlorella develops one of its most unique characteristics which are termed “chlorella growth factors”. Chlorella is known to grow extremely fast, each cell quadruples itself every 20 hours, CGF’s are responsible for its rapid rate of growth. These are considered anti-aging nutrients that help the body rejuvenate damaged cells from free radical exposure, improved recovery from sickness, increased immune system function, and the re-growth of damaged tissues. In cases of Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, dementia, or any other degenerative condition, specifically in the rapid decline of cognitive, and/or motor functions chlorella is highly regarded. CGF is known to repair, and build back insulating nerve tissue that protects the delicate nerve fibers in which allow us to think, feel, and move. These CGF’s are made up of a full body of valuable nutrients, most interesting are the nucleotides RNA/DNA. The absence of nucleotides in the diet over time can result in accelerated aging markers due to a slowing down of cellular repair. Chlorella is suggested to help increase advanced cellular repair and help the body build new genetic material. Research in Japan has concluded that chlorella is the highest natural source of RNA where it was previously thought to be sardines.
Chlorella is widely regarded for its advanced detoxification capabilities, especially in removing environmental toxins, plastic compounds, and heavy metals. Chlorella contains a fibrous indigestible shell that binds onto toxins that bio-accumulate in the body and escort them through the digestive tract for removal. It has been shown to be effective in removing toxic elements such as heavy metals(copper, lead, mercury, cadmium, nickel, etc.), xenoestrogens such as pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and various carcinogenic compounds such as DDT, PCBs, and alcohol metabolites. Liver function is central to optimal health, digestion, hormone secretions, and performance. Chlorella is shown to be liver protective, both as a preventative, and detoxification modality. Dr. Fukui of Shapporo Medical University demonstrated that consuming 4-5 grams of chlorella before drinking alcohol could prevent 96% of hangovers exhibited by alcohol toxicity to the liver. Consider this excerpt from Dr. David Steelblock in his book Chlorella Natural Medicinal Algae: “Chlorella has been used to detoxify people suffering from PCB exposure (polychlorbiphenyl) . Doctor Ueda of the Kitakyushu City Institute for Environmental Pollution Research in Japan gave 30 patients who suffered from PCB exposure daily doses of 4-6 grams of chlorella for a one year period. Almost all improved as a result, becoming less tired, having better digestion and normal bowel movements. Beside PCB, chlordecone (kepone) , which is another very harmful chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticide, has been shown to be removed more than twice as fast from the body when chlorella is taken by mouth.”
Chlorella is, by far, one of the top super foods in my own diet and serves great importance in detoxification protocols I design for health clients as well as nourishing them will bio-available protein, essential nutrients, and growth factors for healthy hormones and nerve protection. Make sure you purchase cell wall cracked chlorella for maximum absorption and quality.
“In just a few decades, intensive agriculture has stripped the earth of nutrients that may have taken thousands or millions of years to develop. The bottom line is that depleted soils produce depleted food crops; depleted foods build depleted bodies; depleted bodies build disease…Chlorella, unlike most food crops, is grown in liquid, not in soil. The proper ingredients for its efficient growth can be easily obtained, so it can be grown almost anywhere (climate permitting), and 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, Jewel of the Far East, Dr. Bernard Jenson
About Ronnie Landis
Ronnie Landis is an integrative nutritionist, peak performance coach, and human potential specialist. His work focuses on enhancing the human experience through natural nutrition, lifestyle design, and consciousness engineering. With well over a decade and a half of devoted study & application to the fields of optimizing the body, mastering the mind, and integrating the intelligence of spirit Ronnie believes that in order to truly manifest our dreams we must first embody them in a healthy, hormonally & neurologically balanced, and disease free body. After all it is excruciatingly difficult to maintain an attitude of gratitude in a pain stricken body. Ronnie seeks to share his knowledge and teachings with hundreds of thousands of people around the world through his books, podcasts, online courses, events, seminars, and retreats. Ronnie’s ultimate purpose is not only to help people eliminate pain from their lives but to help them forget they were ever in pain the first place.