Chlorella is a single-celled alga. Throughout its two-billion-year history on this planet, it has survived because its tough outer shell protected its genetic integrity, and it is one of the most efficient foods on earth in using and concentrating sunshine, as shown by its high chlorophyll content and rapid reproduction. Chlorella is a natural, pure, whole food with all the materials to support life. Cracked cell wall Chlorella provides a tremendous source of concentrated nutrition.
Chlorella is a powerful detoxification aid for heavy metals and other pesticides. Numerous research projects in the U.S. and Europe indicate that chlorella can also aid the body in breaking down persistent hydrocarbon and metallic toxins such as mercury, cadmium and lead, DDT and PCB while strengthening the immune system response. In Japan, interest in chlorella has focused largely on its detoxifying properties - its ability to remove or neutralize poisonous substances from the body. This detoxification of heavy metals and other chemical toxins in the blood will take 3 to 6 months to build up enough to begin this process depending on how much chlorella a person is taking. Chlorella is a food. As such, it is almost impossible to take too much chlorella. It is also this fibrous material which greatly augments healthy digestion and overall digestive track health.
Chlorella is comprised of a fibrous, indigestible outer shell (20%) and its inner nutrients (80%). It is the fibrous material which has been proven to actually bind with the heavy metals and pesticides - such as PCBs - which can accumulate in our bodies. Chlorella is rich in protein. In addition, it is rich in chlorophyll, carotenoids, such as astaxanthin, canthaxanthin, flavoxanthin, loraxanthin, neoxanthin and violaxanthin. Chlorella also contains the xanthophyll, echinenone. Glycoprotein-rich extracts of Chlorella vulgaris have been found to have antitumor activity against both spontaneous and experimentally induced metastasis in mice. The antitumor activity is thought to be mediated by an immunopotentiation mechanism. The glycoprotein-rich extracts may enhance the migration of T cells to the tumor sites.
Chlorella is one of nature's most nutritious substances, containing large amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Iron, Zinc, Copper, and a host of other vitamins and minerals. Chlorella also contains a large percentage of chlorophyll, which is essential in aiding digestion, cleansing the bowels, and purifying blood. Studies in Asia and elsewhere have shown that Chlorella has a positive effect on liver function. The cellulose membrane of Chlorella that is not digested binds to dangerous heavy metals, speeding their elimination from the body. By cleansing the bowels and aiding liver function, Chlorella keeps the bloodstream free of wastes. Chlorella has also been shown to sustain healthy lung function and substantially increase one's resistance to cold and flu. In addition to improving the immune system, Chlorella has also been used to speed the healing process and improve the function of white blood cells. Chlorella is truly one of nature's great gifts, providing essential vitamins and nutrients as well as promoting the healthy function of nearly all the body's systems.