There are over 70,000 species of algae in the world. Some are magnificent whole foods such as Chlorella Pyrenoidosa. It is a 4 billion year old strain of green algae, making it one of the oldest foods on the planet. Chlorella is thought to be the most thoroughly researched food in history and is recognized as having the highest chlorophyll content of all known plants. It is a fresh water, single-cell green algae that is renowned for its health giving properties such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, nucleic acids, amino acids, enzymes, CGF (Chlorella Growth Factor) and other beneficial nutrients. Our Chlorella is produced in Asia by the world's largest producers of Chlorella Pyrenoidosa. This algae has been utilized for thousands of generations, which insures the integrity of the strain's purity will stay intact without degenerating. Many other producers of Chlorella do not pay close enough attention to their strains and experience "drift" in the purity of their algae. This problem is very much overlooked by many algae producers worldwide.
There are thousands of research papers on Chlorella from medical institutions, scientific journals and universities. One aspect of Chlorella that is of particular interest to scientists is the CGF or Chlorella Growth Factor. Chlorella has a number of properties which are beneficial to organs and tissues that have been injured by a various causes. It has been demonstrated to promote liver health and has been called the "great normalizer" because of its ability to balance bodily functions. Although some positive effects of taking Chlorella may be felt immediately, such as correcting constipation and bad breath, Chlorella's full nutritive and detoxifying abilities will take 3-6 months to be fully appreciated.
Numerous research projects in the USA and Europe indicate that Chlorella can also aid the body in the breakdown of persistent hydrocarbon and metallic toxins such as DDT, PCB, Mercury, Cadmium and Lead, while strengthening the immune system response. In Japan, interest in Chlorella has focused largely on its detoxifying properties, or its ability to neutralize or remove poisonous substances from the body. The fibrous materials in Chlorella will also improve digestion and promote the growth of beneficial aerobic bacteria in the stomach.
Chlorella promotes growth in young people, which is believed to be related to Chlorella's capacity to stimulate the healing process and stifle many diseases. This is most likely related to its nucleic acid content, as it has a strengthening effect on body cells by improving our metabolic pathways. Chlorella has an abundance of RNA & DNA that are associated with anti-aging. Chlorella promotes cell reproduction, reduces cholesterol, and increases hemoglobin levels. Since Chlorella has 5 to10 times the chlorophyll content of any other algae, it has been used successfully in the treatment of cardiac hypertension and cleansing the bowel, kidneys, liver, and bloodstream. Chlorophyll is effective against anemia and stimulates the production of red blood cells in the body. It also helps carry oxygen around the body and to the brain, which is why Chlorella is often called "Brain Food".
Other research programs have indicated that regular use of Chlorella helps guard against heart disease, reduce high blood pressure and lower serum cholesterol levels. Chlorella has a tough indigestible cell wall, which detoxifies the body by binding with heavy metals as it passes through. Sporopollenin, which is only present in Chlorella Pyrenoidosa, acts in the same detoxifying way. Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) causes the benign lactobacillus, which is crucial to digestion, to multiply at four times the normal rate and also accelerates the regrowth of damaged tissue.
Chlorella has been shown to promote the production of interferon, one of our body's greatest natural defenses against cancer. Macrophages are large cells that surround and digest foreign substances in the body and are active against cancer, foreign proteins and chemicals. There are a finite number of macrophages in the human body, therefore limiting the ability of the body to remove harmful substances from the blood. T-cells in the body are active against viruses and cancer. Chlorella stimulates the activity of T-cells and macrophages by increasing interferon levels thus enhancing the immune system's ability to combat foreign invaders whether they are bacteria, viruses, chemicals, or foreign proteins.
Chlorella gets its name from the high amounts of chlorophyll it possesses, the highest of any plant known. Chlorophyll cells are nearly identical to hemoglobin (red blood cells) with one exception: Chlorophyll has a Magnesium molecule at that center of it; hemoglobin has an Iron molecule at the center of it. This is important because Magnesium is essential for the heart to function properly. Every time our heart beats, it is utilizing magnesium to do so. Chlorella contains enzymes such as chlorophyllase and pepsin, which are digestive enzymes. Enzymes perform a myriad of functions in the body. In fact, you can not even blink without the presence of enzymes. Chlorella has many different types of enzymes that our bodies need. It is essential that any algae you take is NOT freeze-dried or pasteurized. If it is, then you have lost the crucial benefit of enzymes such as these.
Chlorella reproduces at an incredible rate, quadrupling every 48 hours. When eaten, Chlorella causes the beneficial bacteria in our stomach (Lactobacillus) to multiply at four times the normal rate. This improves digestion and thus the body's ability to take in nutrients greatly. Proper digestion, augmented with the necessary enzymes, is one of the keys to great health!
Chlorella's indigestible cell wall needs to be ruptured to allow access to its nutrients and a variety of methods are used by other companies, some of which damage the nutrients. The method used by our Chlorella Producer ensures the highest quality, which is confirmed by an annual independent analysis by the Japan Food Research Laboratory. Japan is the only country that has strict standards and importation controls over heavy metals and bacterial content in Chlorella. The digestibility of our Chlorella is confirmed by the Japan Government's Ministry of Health to be between 76% and 79%, the highest on the market. Most brands claim to have broken the Chlorella cell wall so its nutrients can be adsorbed by the body. Our Chlorella was analyzed by Dr L. Lewis, Doctor of Physiology at Duke University in 1992. Using a Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), two samples of Chlorella were examined, ours and a competitor's brand. Both were deemed to be free of contamination, however, our Chlorella was the only one to demonstrate that the cell wall had been broken in the SEM examination. The cell wall of our competitor's Chlorella had collapsed but remained unbroken and was only 40% digestible.
In 1974 the Japanese Government was obliged to introduce quality standards to control the importation of Chlorella because of the disparity between grades and purity values. In 1995 our Chlorella became the only producer ever to be licensed to import and sell their products with an official health food recognition seal in Japan.
Most producers use a "continuous-harvest" method drawing quantities of raw algae from the growing ponds as required. This method is certainly economically efficient, but it also presents a very real risk of breeding competing toxic organisms and bacteria. In the manufacturing of Ultimate Superfoods' Chlorella, a complex separation system is used with micro-filter centrifuges allowing them to separate the cells without the use of chemicals. Recommended Daily Dosage
Maintenance Dosage: 3-5 grams/day
Significant Part of the Diet: 6-10 grams/day
Immune System Builder: 11-14 grams/day
Primary Source of Protein: 12-19 grams/day
Healing Purposes & Heavy Metal Detoxification: 20-30 grams/day
Best before a meal to aid with digestion. Disclaimer:
We use this product ourselves in good quantities and we eat the foods we believe in. Please check and verify any and all research and if necessary consult with your physician or nutritionist for any safety concerns. As with any other powerful foods we suggest you start with small amounts and increase to your desired amount. This can help you determine if your body has a reaction to any product. Chlorella can sometimes cause a cleansing response as it begins to detoxify the body of what we think are heavy metals.
- A fresh water, single-cell green algae that is renowned for its health giving properties such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, nucleic acids, amino acids, enzymes, CGF (Chlorella Growth Factor) and other beneficial nutrients
- Chlorella has a tough indigestible cell wall, which detoxifies the body by binding with heavy metals as it passes through
- Has 5 to 10 times the chlorophyll content of any other algae, it has been used successfully in the treatment of cardiac hypertension and cleansing the bowel, kidneys, liver, and bloodstream
- Promotes liver health and has been called the "great normalizer" because of its ability to balance bodily functions
- Promotes cell reproduction, reduces cholesterol, and increases hemoglobin levels
- Causes the beneficial bacteria in our stomach (Lactobacillus) to multiply at four times the normal rate, thus significantly improving digestion and the body's ability to take in nutrients
- Uses: as a supplement to boost the immune system, fight infection, and normalize bodily functions; in recipes for added nutritional benefit and taste.