Chlorella belongs to the eucaryotic cell category of algae and lives in fresh water as a single celled plant. Its size is about that of a human erythrocyte; i.e.between 2-8 microns in diameter.
The name chlorella derives from two Latin words meaning 'leaf' (green) and 'small', referring to the unusually high content of chlorophyll which gives chlorella its characteristic deep emerald-green color. Chlorella is also rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, "C.G.F." (Chlorella Growth Factor) and other beneficial substances.
Under favorable growth conditions; strong sunlight, pure water and clean air, chlorella multiplies at an incredible rate. The process of reproduction can generally be divided into several steps; growth-ripening-maturity-division. At the division stage, a "mother" cell divides into 4 'daughter' cells.
This complete reproduction cycle can take less than 24 hours.
Chlorella may be taken in the form of tablets or capsules, or added to foods such as pasta or cookies. Taken in any form, chlorella can improve the nutritional quality of your daily diet. The increase in processed and refined foods in the diet of modern man make chlorella an important food supplement for anyone interested in better health.
Chlorella also contains a growth-promoting substance, making it valuable as an ingredient in breads and fermented drinks. If chlorella extract is added to the dough before yeast fementation, the visual appearance and flavor of the loaf can be enhanced. It will also keep the bread fresher for a longer period.
Chlorella can also be added to other foods to improve their flavor. Examples of these include wine, cakes, cookies, cheese, ice-cream, mayonnaise, pasta, rice and soft drinks.
Chlorella can have a strengthening effect on body cells by supporting the functioning of our metabolic pathways.
In tests, Chlorella was added to the diet of mice with 'fatty liver'. After administration of this diet over an extended period there was a marked reduction in this fatty condition.
Mice that were injected with cancer cells showed a higher resistance to this challenge if they had been fed with chlorella, Another test showed that chlorella Growth Factor will improve their resistance to abdominal tumors and increase the number of immune cells in the abdominal cavity.
Chlorella can promote cell reproduction, reduce cholesterol and increase hemoglobin levels. Since chlorella is such a broad-spectrum product, it can help to support and repair organs and tissues that have been injured by a variety of causes.
Numerous research projects in the USA and Europe have indicated that chlorella can also aid the body in the breakdown of persistent hydrocarbon and metallic toxins such as DDT, PCB, mercury, cadmium and lead as well as strengthening the immune system response.
The fibrous materials in chlorella will also improve digestion and promote the growth of beneficial aerobic bacteria in the gut.
Other research programs have indicated that regular use of chlorella can help to guard against heart disease, reduce high blood pressure and lower serum cholesterol levels.
Summing up, it could be said that these is no other green plant from under the sea that is more beneficial to the human body than Chlorella.
With the many positive findings of scientific researchers around the world, this food should become an indispensable part of our daily diet so that we can enjoy the many health benefits that it has to offer.
As a perfect food, chlorella has no peers.