Four Sigma Foods 101 – Chlorella
Posted on 21st March 2012, by Mikko.

Four Sigma Foods 101 – Chlorella

Chlorella is a type of single-celled green algae. Its name derives from the Greek word chloral, meaning “green,” and the Latin ella, meaning “small.” There are several different chlorella species; the ones most commonly used as food are Chlorella pyrenoidosa and Chlorella vulgaris. Other species include C. minutissima and C. variablis.

During the world hunger crisis of the late 1940s and early 1950s, chlorella was believed to be the world’s most promising new food source, though it has not yet achieved widespread cultivation and use.

Chlorella is the most chlorophyll-rich food known; chlorophyll has been found to aid the body in detoxification, including removal of heavy metals

Why to Use Chlorella

Pollutants, toxins, artificial additives and unhealthy processed foods combine in a constant and growing assault upon our bodies. Compounding the problem is the all-too-common dietary lack of important substances the body needs for repair and maintenance. It is no wonder that more and more people complain of feeling tired or ill. Chlorella contains an abundance of easily-utilized proteins, vitamins and minerals – all vital nutrients. Chlorella is the most chlorophyll-rich food known; chlorophyll has been found to aid the body in detoxification, including removal of heavy metals. Chlorella also contains a substance known as Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), which reportedly supports immune system function, helps combat cancer and aids in repair of nerve tissues.

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How to Use Chlorella

Chlorella is available in three main forms: powder, capsules and tablets. Capsules and tablets are generally the most convenient forms to use. Because of its tough cell walls, unprocessed chlorella is rather difficult to digest. For this reason, the chlorella in most high-quality products has been put through a process which naturally opens the cell walls, without damaging the cells’ contents. Up to 10 grams of chlorella can be consumed per day, but it is best to start off with smaller portions, perhaps 1-2 grams per day. Even broken-cell chlorella can be difficult to digest until the body becomes accustomed to it.

Find more information about chlorella from our ebook Sovereign Superfoods.

Where to Buy Chlorella

Chlorella products are available from most health and natural food suppliers in North America, Western Europe and some parts of Asia. We at FSF recommend the following chlorella products:

NOW Foods Chlorella | More convenient option for powders

Amazon US (Affiliate): NOW Foods Chlorella

Amazon US: NOW Foods Chlorella

Jarrow Formulas Yaeyama Chlorella Powder | The best value for money

Amazon US (Affiliate): Jarrow Formulas Yaeyama Chlorella Powder

Amazon US:  Jarrow Formulas Yaeyama Chlorella Powder


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