Chlorella is a green single-celled alga which grows in fresh water ponds.
It is an ancient plant which is believed to have been living on Earth for hundreds of millions of years. (Ref. 1)
Chlorella has been thoroughly studied over the last several decades and has proven to be a highly nutritious functional food, with some impressive health-boosting qualities. (Ref. 2 and 3)
Just like other nutritionally-rich foods, chlorella powder is packed with a whole spectrum of essential nutrients: vitamins, minerals, proteins, fatty acids, dietary fibres, enzymes and numerous phytochemicals incl. chlorophyll. (Ref. 1, 4 and 5)
Let's take a further look at how chlorella works.
First, it is chlorella growth factor which is a water-soluble S-nucleotide adenosyl peptide complex ("a factor of rejuvenescence") that enhances the work of our immune system. (Ref. 6)
To put it simply, this complex is a collection of nucleic acids - RNA and DNA - whose high concentrations in chlorella (Ref. 19) are believed to deliver their healing effects on the body.
Since RNA and DNA control genetic information sent to our cells, the abundant supply of these crucial compounds in their natural form may possibly be able to correct genetic deficiencies within our bodies as well.
Second, chlorella powder is famous for its high content of protein which is roughly 60% of its total nutritional make-up. Chlorella's protein is complete because it contains 18 essential amino acids in the proportions required by the body. (Ref. 1 and 7)
Third, chlorella contains around 1-4% chlorophyll. (Ref. 6) We know that chlorophyll transports oxygen to cells and thus enables them to perform all their diverse functions properly. On top of that, chlorophyll can facilitate the removal of toxins and other waste from our bodies - this could be useful for prevention of serious conditions, ex. cancer. (Ref. 8)
As an example, dioxins are persistent environmental pollutants that are stored in fatty tissues of animals - they enter human bodies mostly through meat, dairy products and fish. Dioxins are highly toxic and can cause all sorts of medical disorders including cancer.
Researchers from Japan demonstrated that chlorophyll extracted from Chlorella can inhibit dioxin absorption by the gastrointestinal tract, and accelerate dioxin excretion in rats. They concluded that Chlorella may serve as a first line of defence against dioxins.
Fourth, chlorella contains a sterol called ergosterol. (Ref. 10) Ergosterol is a provitamin of vitamin D. There is plenty of evidence showing that vitamin D is very important for chronic disease prevention and treatment. (Ref. 11)
Vast numbers of global populations are currently vitamin D deficient. We normally get it by absorbing sunlight through our skin. This is a clear problem for those living in northern areas of our planet. (Ref. 11) Chlorella offers a convenient way of getting this nutrient.
Fifth, chlorella powder, generally, is a powerful detoxifying agent which effectively chelates (binds with) heavy metals and removes them from the body. It has been shown to be a well tolerated food for decreasing absorption and enhancing excretion of toxins. (Ref. 9)
Chlorella has hard cells which make it difficult for us to absorb its nutrients. Our chlorella is cell-wall cracked making it highly bioavailable for absorption.
Chlorella is rich in enzymes some of which are: catalase, ascorbate peroxidase, glutathione, superoxide dismutase. (Ref. 12) Enzymes are live nutrients which facilitate many crucial functions within the body: activation of metabolic processes, support of the immune system, proper absorption of food in the digestive tract, delivery of oxygen to cells, detoxification and so on. (Ref. 13, 14, 15 and 16)
Modern day high-temperature cooking and food processing, however, destroy enzymes and deprive our bodies of their much needed work. Enzymes are de-natured when they are cooked at temperatures above 45°C. At this point their work starts to slow down and our systems lose out on all that enzymes have to offer.
Our chlorella has not been subjected to temperatures above 45°C and therefore has its enzymes preserved and alive. Our chlorella is also organic. No harmful chemicals have been used in its production.
Lack of energy and tiredness have been widely associated with various vitamin and mineral deficiencies. (Ref. 17 and 18)
Chlorella is naturally filled with virtually everything the body needs for healthy functioning.
We suggest that, taken on a regular basis, chlorella may re-vitaminize the body with essential nutrients and improve its metabolic rates.
Our energy levels will naturally surge as the body regains its complete nutrient balance. So from this perspective, we can refer to chlorella as an energy food.
Cravings for unhealthy foods - often due to vitamin deficiencies - are a consequence of our bodies desperately trying "to get a quick energy fix". This unfortunately leads to weight gain and related health problems.
By inference, we suggest that, having our nutrition restored to its optimal levels with daily chlorella supplementation may reduce food cravings on a systemic level, possibly leading to weight loss.
Some research supports the proposition that chlorella may be a positive factor for weight regulation. (Ref. 4)
We believe that cancer is very much an environmental disease. The human body can take only so much of toxins before its biological defences break down and give way to cancer.
Chlorophyll, which gives chlorella its name, is an exceptionally potent detoxifier. It appears to be one of the main chemicals that make chlorella such a valuable health food.
Chlorophyll, in combination with other compounds, may deliver anti-cancer effects that many scientists attribute to chlorella. (Ref. 22)
A lot of research has been done on the topic of chlorella's anti-cancer effects.
One experiment shows that Chlorella clearly inhibited the liver tumour growth and induced apoptosis (destruction) of liver cancer cells, leading the authors to conclude that it could be used in the treatment of liver cancer patients. (Ref. 23)
Other research demonstrates that carotenoids from chlorella can also inhibit colon cancer development. (Ref. 22)
Chlorella powder may also be potentially useful for controlling skin cancer and breast cancer. (Ref. 24 and 25)
Chlorella is a food that can be safely consumed on a regular basis depending on your tolerance levels. But there is no need to overload on this food.
For sensitive individuals it always makes sense to introduce chlorella slowly starting on 1-2 grams a day and increasing it gradually. A larger daily dose may be warranted for serious detoxification and dealing with a disease.
Always consult your nutritional therapist when using chlorella for a medical condition. Check out nutritional therapists we work with to provide professional advice.
Taking regular breaks (as long as required) while consuming powerful detoxifying green foods is recommended.
Following your intuition may also provide a good guidance in your healing process.
Chlorella powder can be mixed in with water, juices or smoothies.
You may also want to put it into capsules using a capsule machine and empty capsules, or buy ready-made capsules.