Chlorella is a microscopic single celled freshwater green alga. As its name
suggests, Chlorella has a very high chlorophyll content, in fact it has
the highest chlorophyll content of any plant including spirulina
and wheatgrass. Chlorophyll helps
build the oxygen carrying red blood cells and this benefits our whole
body. Chlorella can self reproduce.
As well as a high chlorophyll content chlorella also contains essential
nutrients such as Vitamin B12, Beta Carotene and protein. In fact chlorella
has a protein content of about 50% by weight and contains both RNA and
Chlorella is an alkaline food and as such helps our bodies maintain a
neutral pH. In the modern world where our diets contain a lot of sugar,
meat, processed white flour and junk food (acidic forming foods) it can
affect our bodies pH balance and this makes us feel stressed easily. Incorporating
alkaline foods into our diet such as Chlorella helps to keep our nerves
calm and helps us deal with stress better. Stress induces the body to
release acidic compounds, eating alkaline forming foods helps balance
the effects of stress.
Chlorella is known to be effective when attempting to eliminate poisonous
substances from the body by improving digestion and acting as an 'intestinal
broom'. Mercury is stored in the intestines and the fibrous nature of
chlorella helps the intestines to promote digestion which allows the mercury
to be eliminated by stool. Once the concentration of Mercury in the intestine
is lowered the Mercury that is stored in the rest of the body can enter
the intestine where it is again 'swept' out by the fibrous chlorella.
As well as removing heavy metals Chlorella is also effective at helping
remove pesticides such as DDT and PCB's. Pesticides are commonly used
across the globe to help achieve higher crop yields but many can be harmful
to our health. Some pesticides that have been banned (due to their effects
on health) in America and the UK are still used in some countries. In
today's global marketplace are you really sure where your supermarket
bought fruit and vegetables are coming from? The best solution to this
is to grow
your own vegetables or grow
your own sprouts. Chlorella can also help remove pesticides from the
body as its fibrous make up binds to the pesticides so that they can be
expelled from the digestive tract.
Chlorella helps digestion as the fibrous cell walls stimulate the rise
in the number of aerobic friendly bacteria that are in your stomach. Indeed
these friendly bacteria such as Lactobacillus can reproduce at 4 times
the speed when chlorella is being eaten.
Modern techniques have helped in the processing of chlorella as its full
nutritional properties can now be accessed due to the techniques used
to dry the alga. Chlorella is spray dried using a process that breaks
down the fibrous cell wall whilst at the same time preserving the nutrient
content. This means that the nutrients inside the cell are made available
to the digestive system.
You can buy chlorella in many different forms including chlorella powder,
chlorella tablets and capsules. Chlorella is a whole natural food, it
is not like taking a man made vitamin supplement.