Chlorella has caught on like bush fire in many countries across the world, and studies are emerging by the day linking this algae to improvement of many symptoms people have been suffering from-like high blood pressure, diabetes, digestive and immune problems among many others.
What is this superfood and why is it sparking so much rapture?
A brief travel through time.
It is one of the most ancient life forms on earth and has remained virtually unchanged during its long span of existence tracing back to 2 billion years ago (the earth is said to be about 4.6 billion years old).
It was discovered in the late 1800’s by a Dutch biologist and German scientists investigated it during WWI and WWII as a possible means of lessening food shortages during war.
It was after WWII that the Carnegie Institute in Washington, DC found a way to grow it on a commercial level, after which the Japanese picked things from there to oversee the development of one of the world’s finest food supplements.
It is usually harvested from the sources then dried and crushed into powder before being packed in that form or as a tablet for sale as a nutritional supplement.
If you thought spinach was a superfood, then chlorella contains twice as much its protein density.
It also contains 38 times that of soy beans and 55 times that of rice.
It provides a substantial number of amino acids, vitamins and minerals among many other nutritional contents.
Choosing High-quality Chlorella
When setting out to purchase good-quality chlorella, there are a few criteria one needs to be aware of.
The second thing involves the treatment process of the cell wall.
Earlier, the pyrenoidosa species was deemed to be less absorbable as a result of the tough cell walls preventing the nutrients from the chlorella cells from undergoing efficient digestion.
Thus, many companies have today devised special processes to break the cell walls.
Always insist on broken cell walls.
A number of methods for breaking these walls are employed by different companies. Let’s look into some of them.
Milling/grinding is the most common process and it involves bursting the walls into small fragments making chlorella easily digestible.
However, this process interferes with nutrients contained within because they are left open and exposed.
Chlorella doesn’t need exposure to oxygen as this lowers its nutritional value.
Chemical bleaching is another process for cell wall treatment.
A simulated digestive enzyme is used to pre-digest the chlorella, or make the walls thinner.
If treated this way, chlorella is very easy to digest but one problem though-it is destructive to the nutrients as it is akin to bleaching.
Other manufacturers use a heat-and-freeze process.
Heat is employed to expand the cell walls before being frozen which shrinks the cell walls.
If treated this way, the chlorella has cracked cells but the heating process will do away with many valuable nutrients.
So which is the best way you may ask? Prime Chlorella.
This method involves breaking the cell walls using sound vibrations, a technology invented by German scientists who sought a way to crack the cell walls without compromising the nutritional value.
This is at the moment the best treatment process.
Picking up from where we left off, the third criteria that should be used in choosing high-quality chlorella is purity.
Since it is used to eliminate toxins from the body, it should remain pure otherwise this will lessen its ability to bind with toxins in the body.
It has a natural capacity to combine with heavy metals and toxins in the environment making it saturated.
Look for chlorella that has some of the best heavy metal standards of detection limit.
Tips for Choosing
- Chlorella works best in powder form. Tablets may also suffice should you fail to find a way to work the powder into your schedule.
- Carry out your research to find the best manufacturer of high-quality chlorella. Always go for the pure form.
- Chlorella with broken cell walls is the best, but the mode of doing this should be taken into account, as mentioned earlier.
- It is not unsafe to take in large doses but limit this to 3-6 grams a day. However, for heavy metal detox and fighting degenerative conditions, 20-30 grams a day will do.
- Those who adjust the intake upwards as their bodies adapt to chlorella should start with 500 mg a day and increase slowly. Remember, it has side effects and some of these depend on the individual-this could be diarrhea, cramping, sensitivity to light among others.
- Keep off it if you are on anticoagulant drugs.
Chlorella will always work in our favor though, and the health benefits are endless.