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Chlorella is packed with essential nutrients including the whole spectrum of B vitamins and 58% protein

Chlorella

Chlorella vulgaris Chlorellaceae

Chlorella is one of the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet which will cleanse, alkalise, energise and protect the body. It contains a unique component called Chlorella Growth Factor which boosts and supports immunity.

  • How does it feel?

    Chlorella is one of the earliest photosynthesising microscopic freshwater plants evolving over 2 billion years ago. It is a single-cell green algae. Chlorella contains the green pigment chlorophyll, giving it a distinct green colour and will multiply rapidly through the process of photosynthesis.

  • What can I use it for?

    Chlorella Growth Factor constitutes 2.5% of chlorella’s total components and is a complex of nucleic acids (DNA and RNA) which give it the ability to repair cellular, nerve and muscular tissue in the body. It increases macrophage, T-cell and B-cell activity through stimulation of the immune system and also increases interferon production. Chlorella growth factor also increases the numbers of white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets.

    Chlorella is well known as an effective heavy metal and pollutant detoxifier, proven to remove cadmium, lead, uranium, mercury and dioxins.

    Chlorella contains Chlorophyll and has the highest known concentration of any plant at 3%. Chlorophyll has a plethora of fantastic properties:

    • Antioxidant and detoxifying actions neutralise oxidative stressors reducing damage from environmental pollutants whilst also clearing deep seated congestion and stagnation
    • Rejuvenation by building and repairing red blood cells
    • Alkalising the blood so that it can maintain a healthy PH of 7.2
    • High levels of minerals such as magnesium and zinc which relax the nervous system and support immunity
    • Oxygenation of the blood
    • Encouraging a healthy inflammation response specifically within the digestive system and the liver
  • Into the heart of Chlorella

    Chlorella is a little gem packed with all your daily essentials. Chlorella has an energising nutritional profile and is packed with protein, Vitamin D and B vitamins. Chlorella Growth Factor provides superb protection and support for the immune system and encourages cell repair and renewal throughout the body. Chlorophyll is one of Chlorella’s main components and gives superb antioxidant protection whilst also encouraging effective detoxification of heavy metals and pollutants, reducing the internal inflammation that these toxins can influence.

    As the number of environmental pollutants we are exposed to increases through atmospheric pollutants and our diet, effective detoxification becomes essential to maintaining a healthy internal environment. If left to accumulate, the body can become burdened with toxic overload and vital processes such as cell growth, renewal and repair become hindered.Effective detoxification and cleansing of heavy metals and pollutants will rejuvenate the whole body. Chlorella is unique in that it will detoxify but also protect against further oxidative damage. Chlorella Growth Factor will keep the immune system strong and cellular processes will be kept at optimum functioning.

  • Did you know?

    Chlorella was not discovered until the end of the 19th century when it was named after ‘chlor’ meaning ‘green’ in Greek and ‘ella’ meaning ‘a small thing’ in Latin. Chlorella also has a tough outer wall that has to be ‘cracked’ or ‘rolled’ to release its potent nutritional essence.

Additional information

  • Safety

    No drug-herb interactions are known.

  • Dosage

    500mg-3000mg per day for maintenance and up to 9000mg per day for short periods of intense detoxification.

  • Traditional energetics

    • Rasa (taste) Sweet, bitter.
    • Virya (energy) Cooling.
    • Vipaka (post-digestive effect) Cleansing, detoxifying.
    • Guna (quality) Cleansing, regenrative.
    • Dosha effect: KP-, V+.
    • Dhatu (tissue) All tissues.
    • Srotas (channels) Liver, immune.
Aromatic
An ‘aromatic’ remedy, high in volatile essential oils, was most often associated with calming and sometimes ‘warming’ the digestion. Most kitchen spices and herbs have this quality: they were used both as flavouring and to ease the digestion of sometimes challenging pre-industrial foods. Many aromatics are classed as ‘carminatives’ and are used to reduce colic, bloating and agitated digestion. They also often feature in respiratory remedies for colds, chest and other airway infections. They are also classic calming inhalants and massage oils, and are the basis of aromatherapy for their mental benefits.
Astringent taste
The puckering taste you get with many plants (the most familiar is black tea after being stewed too long, or some red wines) is produced by complex polyphenols such as tannins. Tannins are used in concentrated form (eg from oak bark) to make leather from animal skins. The process of ‘tanning’ involves the coagulation of relatively fluid proteins in living tissues into tight clotted fibres (similar to the process of boiling an egg). Tannins in effect turn exposed surfaces on the body into leather. In the case of the lining of mouth and upper digestive tract this is only temporary as new mucosa are replenished, but in the meantime can calm inflamed or irritated surfaces. In the case of open wounds tannins can be a life-saver – when strong (as in the bark of broadleaved trees) they can seal a damaged surface. One group of tannins, the reddish-brown ‘condensed tannins’ are procyanidins, which can reduce inflammation and oxidative damage.
Bitter
Bitters are a very complex group of phytochemicals that stimulate the bitter receptors in the mouth. They were some of the most valuable remedies in ancient medicine. They were experienced as stimulating appetite and switching on a wide range of key digestive functions, including increasing bile clearance from the liver (as bile is a key factor in bowel health this can be translated into improving bowel functions and the microbiome). Many of these reputations are being supported by new research on the role of bitter receptors in the mouth and elsewhere round the body. Bitters were also seen as ‘cooling’ reducing the intensity of some fevers and inflammatory diseases.
Blue-purple colouring
Any fruits with a blue-purple colouring contain high levels of the polyphenols known as anthocyanins. These work 1) on the walls of small blood vessels, helping to maintain capillary structure to reduce a key stage in inflammation, and improving the microcirculation to the tissues; 2) to improve retinal function and vision; 3) to support connective tissue repair around the body.
Cooling
Traditional ‘cold’ or cooling’ remedies often contain bitter phytonutrients such a iridoids (gentian), sesiquterpenes (chamomile), anthraquinones (rhubarb root), mucilages (marshmallow), some alkaloids and flavonoids. They tend to influence the digestive system, liver and kidneys. Cooling herbs do just that; they diffuse, drain and clear heat from areas of inflammation, redness and irritation. Sweet, bitter and astringent herbs tend to be cooling.
Hot
Traditional ‘hot’ or ‘heating’ remedies, often containing spice ingredients like capsaicin, the gingerols (ginger), piperine (black or long pepper), curcumin (turmeric) or the sulfurous isothiocyanates from mustard, horseradich or wasabi, generate warmth when taken. In modern times this might translate as thermogenic and circulatory stimulant effects. There is evidence of improved tissue blood flow with such remedies: this would lead to a reduction in build-up of metabolites and tissue damage. Heating remedies were used to counter the impact of cold, reducing any symptoms made worse in the cold. .
Mucilaginous
Mucilages are complex carbohydrate based plant constituents with a slimy or ‘unctuous’ feel especially when chewed or macerated in water. Their effect is due simply to their physical coating exposed surfaces. From prehistory they were most often used as wound remedies for their soothing and healing effects on damaged tissues. Nowadays they are used more for these effects on the digestive lining, from the throat to the stomach, where they can relieve irritation and inflammation such as pharyngitis and gastritis. Some of the prominent mucilaginous remedies like slippery elm, aloe vera and the seaweeds can be used as physical buffers to reduce the harm and pain caused by reflux of excess stomach acid. Mucilages are also widely used to reduce dry coughing. Here the effect seems to be by reflex through embryonic nerve connections: reduced signals from the upper digestive wall appear to translate as reduced activity of airway muscles and increased activity of airway mucus cells. Some seed mucilages, such as in psyllium seed, flaxseed (linseed) or guar bean survive digestion to provide bulking laxative effects in the bowel. These can also reduce rate of absorption of sugar and cholesterol. .
New-mown hay aroma
The familiar country odour of haymaking, of drying grass and other plants, is largely produced by coumarins (originally isolated from tonka beans – in French coumarou) and widely used in perfumery. They are chemically categorised as benzopyrone lactones and are important phytochemicals, with strong antioxidant activity in the laboratory and likely effects in modulating inflammation. They were most often associated with the calming effect linked to their use in stuffing mattresses and pillows and plants, high In coumarins were commonly used for these properties.
Resinous
Resins are most familiar as tacky discharges from pine trees (and as the substance in amber, and rosin for violin bows). They were most valued however as the basis of ancient commodities like frankincense and myrrh (two of the three gifts of the Three Wise Men to the baby Jesus) and getting access to their source was one benefit to Solomon for marrying the Queen of Sheba (now Ethiopia). Resins were the original antiseptic remedies, ground and applied as powders or pastes to wounds or inflamed tissues, and were also used for mummification. With alcohol distillation it was found that they could be dissolved in 90% alcohol and in this form they remain a most powerful mouthwash and gargle, for infected sore throats and gum disease. They never attracted much early research interest because they permanently coat expensive glassware! For use in the mouth, gums and throat hey are best combined with concentrated licorice extracts to keep the resins in suspension and add extra soothing properties. It appears that they work both as local antiseptics and by stimulating white blood cell activity under the mucosal surface. They feel extremely effective!
Salty
The salty flavour is immediately distinctive. A grain dropped onto the tongue is instantly moistening and a sprinkle on food enkindles digestion. This easily recognisable flavour has its receptors right at the front of the tongue. The salty flavor creates moisture and heat, a sinking and heavy effect which is very grounding for the nervous system and encourages stability. People who are solid and reliable become known as ‘the salt of the earth'.
Sharpness
The sharp taste of some fruits, and almost all unripe fruits, as well as vinegar and fermented foods, is produced by weak acids (the taste is generated by H+ ions from acids stimulating the sour taste buds). Sour taste buds are hard-wired to generate immediate reflex responses elsewhere in the body. Anyone who likes the refreshing taste of lemon or other citrus in the morning will know that one reflex effect is increased saliva production. Other effects are subjective rather than confirmed by research but there is a consistent view that they include increased digestive activity and contraction of the gallbladder.
Sweet
In the days when most people never tasted sugar, ‘sweetness’ was associated with the taste of basic foods: that of cooked vegetables, cereals and meat. In other words sweet was the quality of nourishment, and ‘tonic’ remedies. Describing a remedy as sweet generally led to that remedy being used in convalescence or recovery from illness. Interestingly, the plant constituents most often found in classic tonics like licorice, ginseng are plant steroids including saponins, which also have a sweet taste.

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