What Is Chlorella?
Chlorella is one of the earth’s oldest life forms and has been in existence for more than 2.5 billion years since the pre-Cambrian period, the earth’s longest period of history. However, the genetic makeup of this super food has remained remarkably unchanged until today. Chlorella is a single-celled, freshwater micro algae packed with the same unique nutritional properties as over 2.5 billion years ago. It is widely distributed throughout the earth’s biosphere. Chlorella was discovered in 1890 by a Dutch biologist, Martinus Beyerinck. The plant was found to contain so many nutritional properties that it immediately gained interests from scientists.
What Makes It A Superfood?
Chlorella – Nature’s Most Perfect Superfood
Chlorella, translated to “small green” in Greek, is seen as a complete health food. It is nature’s most perfect super food. It is a nutrient’s powerhouse of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fibre, chlorophyll, vitamins, and essential minerals. Because of Chlorella’s high nutritional value, it quickly became a popular health food and health supplement.
Chlorella Offers Excellent Nutrition For Your Health
Studies have shown that Chlorella is a superfood that …
Contains 10 times more chlorophyll than spirulina, has the highest amount of chlorophyll in any known plant, possesses all the nutrients needed to sustain life: chlorophyll, proteins, dietary fibre, beta-carotene, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, vitamin C, D, E, K, folic acid, biotin, and all the vitamins B – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, RNA/DNA, CGF(Chlorella Growth Factor).
Widespread Use Of Chlorella In Japan
In Japan, Chlorella is a superfood consumed in everyday life
Millions of Japanese consume this superfood daily. During the early years, the Japanese added Chlorella to drinks, biscuits, and dried milk powder, and distributed them to all Japanese schools and to the National Defence troops.
Chlorella is also added to foods to boost good intestinal bacteria
The use of Chlorella in drinks was inspired by the first medical studies on Chlorella, which showed that Chlorella stimulated the growth of Lactobacilli, a type of good bacteria that aids digestion. People who regularly consumed foods containing Chlorella also reported beneficial effects on their health. These observations in turn, led to further medical experiments.
Chlorella also treated gastric and duodenal ulcers in Japan
Well aware that Chlorophyll stimulates wound healing and that Chlorella contains the most chlorophyll among all plants, Japanese doctors tested Chlorella on patients suffering from gastric and duodenal ulcers. Chlorella has been used traditionally as a health food or health supplement to treat ulcers in Japan.
Chlorella is an effective health supplement against common colds.
In 1966, a study was carried out over three months on 1,000 people on a ship belonging to the Japanese navy. Results showed that by consuming just 2g of Chlorella every day, the frequency of colds and flu decreased by 37%. In Japan, Chlorella is taken as a health food or health supplement to boost one’s immune system against common colds.
Chlorella was given to chemotherapy patients in Japan
Back in 1966, Japanese doctors started giving Chlorella to patients undergoing chemotherapy after surgical ablation of cancerous tumours. Experiments showed that the consumption of Chlorella stopped the white blood cell count from dropping which often happens after chemotherapy. As a result of these experiments, trials on Chlorella started in France and America.
What Are The Health Benefits?
Many people who consume Chlorella as a complete health food or health supplement have experienced the healing properties of this nutrient-rich super food.
Vegans and vegetarians may suffer from deficiencies in iron, protein, and vitamin B12. However, they can make up for the lack by taking Chlorella which is high in protein and packed with a complete range of B-vitamins as well as minerals essential for life.
Health benefits of consuming Chlorella:
Improves liver function
Contains anti-ulcer properties
Prevents cataract formation
Balances body’s pH levels
Improves digestive system
Promotes healthy heart
Contains detoxifying properties
Strengthens the body’s defence system against disease
Have anti-tumour properties
How is Chlorella Cultivated?
Chlorella is cultivated either outdoors in fresh water ponds or indoors under strictly controlled conditions using the Heterotrophic Tank Cultivation system developed in 1964 by Dr Minoru Shirota, founder of Yakult Japan.
Indoor cultivated Chlorella tastes better and is more digestible than outdoor-cultivated chlorella. Chlorella grown outdoors in open ponds is subject to harsh weather elements and environmental contaminants.
Abeille d’Or Chlorella grown using the Indoor Tank Cultivation method is pollution and contaminant-free because it is cultivated inside a sterilized sealed tank. Replacing sunlight are acetic acid and glucose solution which the green super food needs for photosynthesis. Temperature is maintained at about 35 degrees Celsius and pH level at 6 to 7, ideal conditions for perfect growth of this super food.
Abeille d’Or Chlorella - Scientifically Researched And Tested
Abeille d’Or Chlorella uses a special Chlorella Vulgaris strain. Years of scientific research has gone into producing this superior quality product. This remarkable super food provides excellent well balanced nutrition for anyone who cares for their health. Chlorella is rich in amino acids, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fats (85% unsaturated fats), RNA, DNA, chlorophyll, an array of phytonutrients and carotenoids, enzymes, polysaccharides and the unique Chlorellla Growth Factor (CGF).
Safe to eat, being free from pollutants and contaminants
High in chlorophyll and nutritional value
Easily digestible because of its softer cell walls
Ideal supplement for vegans and vegetarians
Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF)
CGF is a unique group of substances only present in the nucleus of Chlorella making up to 18% of its total weight. It is very rich in nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) plusn other substances such as amino acids, peptides, vitamins, minerals, polysaccharides, glycoproteins, and beta-glucans.
It was first extracted by electrophoresis using hot water in the early 1950’s by Dr. Fujimaki of the People’s Scientific Centre in Tokyo, Japan who named it as ‘Chlorella Growth Factor’ because it promoted healthy growth in young children and young animals. In actual fact, this is the group of substances that is responsible for Chlorella’s own rapid growth and reproduction.
CGF is 100% water-soluble and is responsible for the remarkable ability of Chlorella to heal and rejuvenate the human body, repairing damaged cells and tissues, and stimulating the growth of new and healthy cells which makes this organism as one of the most powerful whole foods. In addition, CGF also has the ability to slow down the ageing process due to its high content of nucleic acids.
Consumption of Chlorella
For general health maintenance, 3 – 4 grams per day of Chlorella is recommended. The dosage should be increased to 6 – 8 grams for relief of actual health symptoms. Cancer patients have been known to consume as much as 30 grams per day. Children can take half to one quarter of the adult dose. Chlorella has been shown to promote rapid growth in children, as well as build superior immune systems.
Chlorella can be taken at any time of the day, but is best taken about half an hour before meal for optimum digestion. The best time to take it is in the morning before breakfast, but never just before or after drinking coffee or soft drinks since caffeine is extremely detrimental to the digestive process. When taken with meals, Chlorella helps in digestion and better assimilation of nutrients from the food. This is due to the fact that Chlorella causes the bacteria in our digestive tract such as Lactobacilli, to multiply at four times the rate of normal. It can be taken all at once or it can be taken in small doses throughout the day. It is a natural whole food, is non-toxic and may be taken in quite large amounts without any unpleasant side effects. In other words, it makes a perfectly safe nutritional supplement.
To date, there have been no reports on detrimental effects on human health resulting from the consumption of Chlorella. However, if an individual has never been on health supplements, then Chlorella should be introduced slowly in the diet with a dosage of 200 mg daily, and slowly increasing it daily. Then again, people who are deficient in cellulose may not be able to tolerate Chlorella. These individuals are advised to consume Chlorella with a good enzyme supplement. Besides ingestion, Chlorella can be powdered and mixed with water into a paste and applied over a cut, scrap, rash or serious wound to help effectively heal it. After consuming Chlorella for approximately one year, an individual will notice significant healing improvements of cuts, scraps, and wounds without the need to apply it topically.
People who take Chlorella for the first time may find that they have better digestion where their bad breath and constipation will be reduced significantly, and they may feel more energetic. Some individuals may not experience any difference at all but that does not mean that they are not benefiting from Chlorella. This may be due to the fact that many benefits of Chlorella are very subtle, such as the removal of heavy metals from the body which can take up to 6 months with a dosage of 15 – 20 grams daily. However, some individuals may experience cleansing reactions such as gas, cramping, constipation or diarrhea the first time they consume Chlorella.
These reactions are usually referred to as the “healing crisis” which is due to the high fiber content and other nutritional factors of Chlorella. These reactions are normal and are similar to that experienced by individuals switching from a low-fiber junk-food diet to a high-fiber natural food diet. For these individuals, it is advisable to start off with a lower dosage (200 mg) and slowly increasing by 200 mg each day. As long as an individual is not showing an allergic reaction such as hives or throwing up, consumption of Chlorella can be safely continued. In a couple of months, the reactions should decrease, and as it decreases, the dosage can be slowly increased.