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Nutritional value of Chlorella 5

Chlorella, single-celled fresh water algae, is often referred to as a near-perfect food, as its range of health benefits is truly astounding. In this interview, Ginny Bank expounds on this phenomenal nutrient.

Chlorella is perhaps most well known for its ability to detox your body by binding to toxins, such as mercury and carrying them out of your system.

But that?s not all this green algae is good for.

According to Ginny, chlorella can also be of great benefit to vegetarians and vegans who want proteins and B vitamins from a non-animal source. Chlorella is about 60 percent protein, and is considered to be a ?complete protein? source because it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs.

Other health benefits include:
Repairing nerve tissues
Enhancing your immune system and reducing your cancer risk
Improving digestion
Promoting healthy pH levels in your gut, which in turn helps good bacteria to thrive
Enhancing your ability to focus and concentrate
Increasing your energy levels
Normalizing your blood sugar and blood pressure
Chlorella vs Spirulina

Spirulina is another algae that is frequently confused with chlorella. While it has many of the same characteristics, there are some nutritional differences between the two.

One major difference is that spirulina does not have the ability to draw out heavy metal toxins like chlorella does. It has, however, beenused to treat arsenic poisoning.

Nutritionally speaking, spirulina is another good source of complete protein. In fact, at 65-70 protein, it beats chlorella in terms of protein content. It also has higher amounts of B12, essential fatty acids, and the antioxidant superoxide dismutase.

Chlorella, on the other hand, contains higher levels of chlorophyll, nucleotides RNA and DNA, and beta carotene.

Ideally, it makes sense to take both, as one is not nutritionally superior than the other. Rather it?s the combination of both that can truly turn them into a nutritional powerhouse.
Chlorella is a Potent Detox Agent

Heavy metal toxicity, just like chemical toxicity, has become one of the most pressing health hazards of our day. Your body is assailed by chemicals and heavy metals on a daily basis, oftentimes from the most innocent-looking sources, from your everyday cookware to your dental fillings and the occasional seafood dinner.

This is one area where chlorella can be of tremendous assistance as it?s a very potent detoxing agent for heavy metals. According to Ginny, it may even attract and expel certain pesticides.

Chlorella plays a particularly crucial role in systemic mercury elimination, because the majority of mercury is rid through your stool. Once the mercury burden is lowered from your intestines, mercury from other body tissues will more readily migrate into your intestines -- where chlorella will work to remove it.

Cilantro can also be used as a synergetic detoxification aid along with the chlorella and is particularly useful to take when you are consuming seafood, as most are invariably contaminated with heavy metals and chemicals for which the chlorella is well suited to help remove. Ideally you would need to take it with the meal so it binds directly to the toxins while they are in your gut, before they absorbed into your body.
The Crucial Detail that Determines Chlorella?s Effectiveness

The key to chlorella?s detoxing abilities lies within the membrane of this single cell, but the cell wall of chlorella is actually indigestible to humans. This is why most chlorella products use the term ?broken cell wall,? to describe the fact that the chlorella has been rendered digestible.

If a product does not specifically tell you that the cell wall has been broken, you are likely flushing your money down the toilet as the chlorella will simply pass right through you without doing you any good.

There are a number of proprietary methods to break the cell wall, but the key comparison you need to pay attention to is the nutritional profile of the end product.

 

 

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Mon September 06 2010 08:41:33 AM by Luis Chlorella  |  Dr Mercola  |  Ginny Bank 2536 views

Comments - 4

  • Mahesh wrote:
    Wed September 08 2010 06:21:48 AM

    I agree with you, but COST is the bottle neck for any technology and cost in turn depends on the growing pH, cell wall breaking costs and other processing costs....

    So, spirulina wins the cost battle with chlorella :)

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  • Shankar wrote:
    Wed September 08 2010 09:13:52 AM

    @ Mahesh and Luis and others

    Basically the difference between them--, they're both algae, one is a blue-green algae, one is a green algae. They have different nutritional profiles.

    They both are high protein but spirulina is higher in B12.

    It has an antioxidant enzyme called superoxide dismutase which is important. It's high in essential fatty acids.

    Chlorella has more chlorophyll.

    It has higher levels of nucleotides RNA and DNA. It has higher levels of beta carotene. A lot of healthcare practitioners recommend taking both. There isn't one over the other.

    It's a combination, the two that's really going to be the nutritional powerhouse.

    So, what is one waiting for. Grow Spirulina and Cholorella first. Master many things like strain selection, cultivation, harvesting etc

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  • Oceanfront wrote:
    Thu September 09 2010 10:00:00 AM

    The definition needs updating but health care professionals that I know wince (and stop listening) when someone tosses the term toxin around. My physiology teacher explained that toxin still means anything you can procure antitoxin for. Yeah that's odd because technical non toxins can have toxic effects, like metals and synthetic particles like plastics and paint thinners and the list goes on.

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  • Thu September 09 2010 12:38:28 PM

    My physiology teacher explained that toxin still means anything you can procure antitoxin for. "

    interesting way to think.

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