What is Chlorella Blue-Green Algae powder?
Chlorella (Chlorella Vulgaris)algae is one of the oldest foods on the planet. The unicellular freshwater plant is the size of a human blood cell. Chlorella algae is a fine blue-green color, the result of the large amount of chlorophyll in the plant. Hence, the name: "chloros" Greek for green and "ella" for small.
Although the algae can grow naturally in fresh water, chlorella intended for human use is typically cultivated commercially in huge fresh mineral water pools exposed to direct sunlight. Pure water, clean air, and bright sunlight encourage rapid growth: chlorella reproduces every 20 hours. Special centrifuge equipment is utilized for harvest.
The algae dates back 2 billion years. It was the first form of a plant with a well-defined nucleus. Chlorella was not discovered by researchers until the late 19th century.
Each chlorella microorganism is made up of a nucleus, starch grains, chloroplasts and mitochondria surrounded by a cell wall made primarily of cellulose.
Chlorella was discovered by a Dutch microbiologist in the late 1800s and later studied as a potential protein source by German scientists. It wasn't until after World War II that extensive research was conducted. The reality of food shortages and an anticipated population boom provided a sense of urgency, prompting consideration of chlorella as a cheap way to feed the masses, but this proved uneconomic. Uses for chlorella continue to evolve with more research findings.
What makes Chlorella Algae Powder so popular?
Like Spirulina Algae, chlorella algae is a single-celled primitive plant. But because chlorella adapted to fresh water and had to survive occasional drying of the ponds in which it lives, the plant developed an outer fibrous shell surrounding a delicate inner nutrient-rich cytoplasm.
This fibrous shell has two major functions. The first is that it protects inner cellular membranes until the algae is completely desiccated. Yet chlorella has a more important trick to beat the competition: the outer fibrous shell grabs and holds nutrients from the water before the pond completely dries.
By doing so, chlorella can flourish when the pond fills up again. It is this affinity for absorbing and retaining minerals and other nutrients within chlorella's outer shell that makes it a valuable supplement. Because of its highly absorbent nature, it acts like a detoxifying sponge as it passes thru the digestive tract.
What does "broken cell" mean?
The outer shell of this little algae is indigestible. PureBulk Chlorella is referred to as "broken cell wall algae." The outer shell has been broken through use of a high-pressure nozzle, exposing the nutrient-rich cytoplasm inside and a greater surface area of the fibrous outer shell, thus enhancing the digestibility of this single-celled nutritionally-packed microalgae.
Chlorella has a high protein content and loaded with vitamins and minerals! It contains 9 essential amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine) PLUS the following non-essential amino acids: alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamic acid, glycine, proline, serine, and tyrosine.
Naturally occuring nutrients include: Chlorophyll, Vitamin A, Folic Acid (Folate), Vitamin B12, Iodine, Vitamin K1 and Iron. Chlorella also contains small amounts of several other important vitamins and minerals: Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Manganese, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin B6, Thiamin (Vitamin B1), Phosphorus, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Panthothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Copper, Potassium and Zinc!
This Blue-green algae is a bacterium that draws it energy from the sun. Chlorophyll, the compound that carries out photosynthesis is - oddly enough - chemically similar in composition to that of human blood and has several health benefits.
Chlorella helps to trigger red blood cell synthesis as well as arterial dilation, which can significantly assist in muscle growth and muscle tissue oxygenation. Because chlorella is rich in fiber, it also encourages the production of beneficial intestinal microflora.
Are there nutritional differences between Chlorella Algae and Spirulina Algae?
Chlorella has a relatively high iron content when compared to spirulina. Iron supplementation can be a good thing for women, but additional iron is typically not needed by most adult men. Too much iron can act as an oxidant.
Purity and Concentration of Chlorella Blue-Green Algae
Purebulk's Chlorella Vulgaris blue-green algae contain no additives, fillers, or anti-caking agents.
Potential Side Effects of Chlorella Blue-Green Algae
Chlorella can cause serious allergic reactions, including asthma and other dangerous breathing problems. Discontinue use if you have symptoms of redness, itching, hives, a skin rash and swelling of the face and mouth. There have been several reports of gastrointestinal issues involving nausea and vomiting. Discontinue use if any unusual reactions occur. Do not use this product if you are pregnant or nursing.
Bioavailability, Mixing and Solubility of Chlorella Blue-Green Algae
Chlorella blue-green algae mixes well with water or juice. It doesn't taste bad when mixed with 8 to 12 ounces of strong-flavored vegetable or citrus juices.
Does Chlorella Algae Powder taste a lot like Spirulina Algae Powder? Spirulina has a slight "fishy" or "ocean" taste because it is typically cultivated in salt or brackish water. Chlorella is a fresh water algae and is very "green" tasting owing to its high chlorophyll content, like barley green powder or wheat grass juice powder. For most people the aroma and taste of chlorella algae powder is neither unpleasant nor objectionable. If you prefer, Purebulk offers vegetarian and gelatin capsules.
References & Further Research
University of Maryland Medical Center: Spirulina
Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center: Chlorophyll and Chlorophyllin
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