I have often wondered about why we are here? And by here, I mean why humans have been given Earth as their place in this vast universe to live, breathe, survive and thrive! There is much debate about this and has been going on since the beginning of time. I’m certain we will find the answers one day, until then it’s everyone's theories and opinions that will continue to make headlines. Why do I bring this up? Well what I do believe is that humans were not put on Earth by accident. If you look at what is available on this planet, the resources, earth, fire, air, water, plants, sea life, etc, it is no surprise this planet was made for us.
Whilst researching into ancient civilisations, how they survived and thrived, there is one food that has been there since literally the beginning of time! Yes, i’m referring to Chlorella. Chlorella is a natural plant including more than 20 species, and each species is different in its production method. Well-known common species of Chlorella include C. vulgaris, C. ellipsoidea, C. saccharophila, C. pyrenoidosa, and C. regularis. These species are used for food .
Chlorella has existed since the birth of the Earth and has been reproducing itself for three billion years. However, since the plant is as tiny as 3 to 8 μm in size, it was not until the microscope was invented after the 19th century that Chlorella was first discovered. It was discovered by the Dutch microbiologist, Dr. Beijerinck, in 1890, and named Chlorella. During World War I, Chlorella was cultivated in large amounts in Germany to use as a protein source. In the 1920s, Japan succeeded in cultivating a pure culture of Chlorella, and after World War II, the United States, Germany, and Japan conducted cooperative studies. The medicinal effects of Chlorella were already confirmed after World War II, and the presence of a growth promoting factor that accelerates animal growth through the ingestion of Chlorella was revealed. NASA studied Chlorella as space food because it supplies nutrients even in small amounts .
So what makes Chlorella so good for us humans? This superfood is rich with phytonutrients, including amino acids, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, potassium, phosphorus, biotin, magnesium and the B-complex vitamins. Studies have shown that Chlorella benefits the entire body by supporting healthy hormonal function, promoting cardiovascular health, helping to negate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and aiding in the detoxification of our bodies .
Chlorella’s rich green colour comes from a high concentration of chlorophyll. We are all told to eat more leafy green vegetables for good health, but sometimes it can be difficult to get the 5-7 servings of vegetables a day recommended by nutritionists and doctors of functional medicine. While juicing is another option, it’s simply too time-consuming for most people. And frankly, most green leafy vegetables pale in comparison to the health benefits that Chlorella can provide.
By consuming organic, low-temperature-extracted chlorella supplements, you can receive all of the chlorella benefits in a simple powder or tablet form .
As you’re about to see, Chlorella is one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods in the world.
A 1-ounce (3 tbsp) serving of Chlorella contains:
In addition, Chlorella contains a good amount of vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and phosphorus.
When you look at its nutrient density score, it’s easy to see why chlorella is ranked one of the top 10 health foods in the world. In fact, it is way more nutrient dense per gram than other greens, including kale, spinach and broccoli !
Now that we know the main nutrient profile of Chlorella, let us see what it is beneficial for in detail:
So what makes Chlorella so so good? Chlorella is labeled as a superfood, because it can provide essential nutrients that you may not get from your diet alone, these include :
That is a very impressive and i’d wager you would struggle to find many foods that have that many nutrients in it! It’s no surprise that it has been used for many civilizations since the beginning of time.
Taking Chlorella is simple. It comes in powder form and in small tablets. When buying tablets, ensure they are not freeze dried. Ensure the Chlorella is ‘spray dried’. Spray drying cracks the cell wall allowing access to the nutrients. Without this process most the the nutrients would be inaccessible to us. Freeze drying destroys the beneficial enzymes.
Regarding dosing of Chlorella, 3 grams per day is a good maintenance dosage of Chlorella for a person to take. With this amount, you will not notice significant changes, however, your body will get many of the nutrients it must have to function properly such amino acids (protein), vital minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates and enzymes .
However, a person taking 5-7 grams per day is quite common and at this level you will notice significant changes in digestion, energy and overall health. One teaspoon of powder is equal to 5,000 mg. If you are taking tablets or capsules you would have to divide the mg of that pill into 5,000 mg to find out your dose. For example if you had 500 mg tablets you would divide 5,000 by 500 and determine you would need ten tablets for 5,000 mg of chlorella .
Chlorella can be taken at any time of the day. It can be taken all at once but preferably it should be taken in small doses throughout the day. Morning is also a good time to take chlorella, but never just before or after drinking coffee or soft drinks since caffeine is extremely detrimental to the digestive process. Chlorella causes the bacteria in our stomachs, the Lactobacilli, to multiply at 4 times the rate of normal. This is why it is best to take with meals as chlorella helps provide very good digestion and more importantly, better assimilation of nutrients .
Chlorella provides a wide array of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, as well as being the highest-known source of chlorophyll. While these are all beneficial, the greatest value of chlorella lies in a fascinating ingredient called Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF). CGF is a nucleotide-peptide complex derived from a hot water extract of chlorella. It is made mostly of nucleic acid derivatives. Researchers have discovered that CGF is produced during the intense photosynthesis that enables chlorella to grow so fast. Each cell multiplies into four new cells about every 20 hours, and CGF promotes this rapid rate of reproduction. Experiments with microorganisms, animals and children have shown that CGF promotes faster than normal growth without adverse side effects, and in adults, it appears to enhance RNA/DNA functions responsible for production of proteins, enzymes and energy at the cellular level, stimulating tissue repair and protecting cells against some toxic substances .
Because of the fiber content in Chlorella's cell wall and other nutritional factors, when some people begin to take chlorella for the first time they may go through cleansing reactions, sometimes referred to as a "healing crisis". This cleansing reaction comes in the form of intestinal activity such as gas, cramping, constipation or diarrhea. This same type of cleansing reaction frequently occurs when people switch from a low-fiber, "junk-food" diet to a high fiber, natural food diet. For this reason, some individuals may wish to start out with less than the suggested amount and gradually increase up to the recommended dose in 1-2 weeks. Very sensitive individuals may want to start with as little as 1/16 of a teaspoon per day (300 mg).
If you have not been eating many fresh raw vegetables in your diet, it is probably a good idea to start out with one 1/16 of a teaspoon with each meal and increase by 1/16 of a teaspoon every 2-3 days .
As long as you are not showing an allergic reaction (such as hives) or throwing up, you can safely continue the chlorella. In a couple of weeks to months, the reaction should decrease. And as it decreases, you can increase the dose .
My personal experience of taking Chlorella is the following:
I hope this has been an informative blog on the benefits of Chlorella. As with most superfoods and supplements, please take advice from a Nutritionist or Functional Medicine Doctor on what the correct dose for you should be and if you should take the supplement in question to begin with. A number of things such as lifestyle, diet, water intake, medical conditions and current medication intake play a role in safe supplementation and the length of supplementation.
If you feel you could benefit from taking Chlorella or require general guidance on nutritional support and how to live a balanced lifestyle please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my website by going to www.urbanplatehealth.com
With the recent rise in heavy metal exposure, it's no wonder that chronic diseases and illnesses are also on the rise. The most common metals that are currently affecting the general population are mercury, aluminium, lead and copper. There are a number of ways that these metals can be present in a person and it is well noted that these metals do more harm than good for you!
Mercury used to be the most common one, but in recent years aluminium has also been on the rise. Chemtrails has been the biggest way that aluminium is affecting the general population. In an article by Siobhan McFadyen in the Daily Express, it is claimed that Chemtrails could wipe out the human race (1). Chemtrails are reportedly contributing to killing bees and could also potentially affect humans too. They certainly seem to contribute to affecting humans and the soil with excessive aluminium exposure according to US eco expert, Michael Tamez (1).
Aluminum is also present in many everyday products such as kitchen foil, soda cans, deodorant sprays and is even found in vaccinations, aspirin and foods! As Dr. Edward Group mentioned in his dangers of aluminium article: “unlike vitamins, minerals and other trace elements, the body does not need aluminium. And aluminum is no innocent or benign participant. Aluminum accumulates in the kidneys, brain, lungs, liver and thyroid where it competes with calcium for absorption and can affect skeletal mineralization. In infants, this can slow growth. Animal models have linked aluminum exposure to mental impairments. (2)”
Aluminium attacks the central nervous system and studies show that aluminum is linked to degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Not all aluminium that a person is exposed to is absorbed (3). Absorption depends on factors such as the levels of competing minerals and parathyroid hormone levels. It is virtually impossible to avoid exposure to aluminum, however measures can be taken to reduce your exposure to this metal. Simple measures such as using glass cookware instead of aluminium foil, avoiding processed foods and foods stored in aluminium as well as using alternative options to aluminium deodorants will all reduce your exposure to this metal. Eat fresh organic vegetables and foods that have sensible and sustainable packaging (4).
Mercury is a natural occurring element found in air, water and soil. A highly toxic form called methylmercury builds up in fish and animals that eat fish (including humans). Fish that have higher levels of mercury include tuna, king mackerel, shark and swordfish. Evidently these are some of the most common fish found in sushi. Mercury toxicity can also be present mainly with mercury amalgam dental fillings in your teeth. These fillings can contain up to 50% mercury by weight and release mercury vapour (5).
The reason some people are affected more than others is due to a number of factors. The level of good minerals, fats, electrolytes, electromagnetic exposure and how good your body can detoxify will all determine how much mercury toxicity you hold onto. Of course if you have more mercury amalgam fillings and have a diet high in fish that contain high levels of mercury then you will have a greater presence of mercury and your body will have to use more energy, vitamins and minerals to detoxify mercury. These essential vitamins and minerals would otherwise be used for other processes the body requires, hence this is where a potential disease state could take place.
Signs and symptoms of mercury poisoning could be mood swings, nervousness, irritability, and other emotional changes, insomnia, headaches, muscle twitching, tremors, weakness, peripheral vision impairment, loss of coordination and decreased cognitive functions. Inorganic mercury toxicity often causes skin rashes and inflammation (dermatitis). If ingested, it can dissolve tissues and some may be absorbed by the intestinal tissue. Large amounts of ingested inorganic mercury may cause bloody diarrhea. Absorbed mercury can spread to other organ systems resulting in mental changes including mood swings and memory loss or renal damage. (6).
So what can be done to detoxify the body from mercury? Dr. Mercola as well as Dr. Klinghardt both recommend the following steps. Increase Glutathione, have agents that can mobilise the mercury out of the cells and then have intestinal binders that can bind to the mercury so it can be safely transported out of the body (7, 8). You should also have a diet that is high in B vitamins, lots of coriander/cilantro, lots of fresh pure water and a high quality vitamin C supplement which is a powerful detoxing agent.
Whilst lead and copper poisoning are not as common as aluminium and mercury, they are also on the rise mainly due to environmental factors. Copper can be found in birth control pills, copper IUDs, copper cookware, copper pipes, dental alloys, foods, fungicides and insecticides. Excessive copper wrecks havoc on our metabolism, especially for those suffering from allergies, chronic inflammation, immune disorders such as autism, ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, OCD, arthritis, thyroid disorders, skin disorders such as eczema, and adrenal insufficiency. Where excessive copper may not be the sole causative agent in disorders, it certainly does play a significant part in delaying the progress of any therapeutic program as well as aggravating and complicating symptoms (9).
Lead is found in wall paints of old houses, old childrens toys, art supplies, contaminated dust and gasoline (10). A heavy metal, lead is ubiquitous in our environment but has no physiologic role in biological systems. Lead toxicity is a particularly insidious hazard with the potential of causing irreversible health effects. It interferes with a number of body functions primarily affecting the central nervous, hematopoietic, hepatic and renal system producing serious disorders (11).
So what can be done to avoid and detoxify these heavy metals from the body?
Firstly, taking sensible measures such as avoiding heavy metal exposure to start with will go a long way. So avoid unnecessary time in chemical plants, around ‘raw’ metals and avoid toxic smells such as paint smells and excessive time around industrial fumes. If employment in these environments cannot be avoided then protective measures such as masks and clothing should be worn every time exposure to these environments is taking place.
Secondly, avoid dental fillings that have mercury, aluminium and other metals in them. Ask for plastic fillings that are much safer and better for you long term. If your dentist won’t provide this then seek alternative dentists that will. You may have to look in other countries if the dentists in your own country are heavily regulated.
Foods and cookware that are lined with these metals should also be avoided. Avoid aluminium foils and store food in glassware jars and tubs. Ensure that the water you are drinking is filtered and ensure that your diet is rich in vitamins, minerals, electrolytes and protein. Taking a multi-mineral supplement is required is also a good idea. Metals usually use the same channels as minerals to be stored in the body. So where the body say stores calcium, if the body is weak and deficient in any trace minerals or vitamins, it could store metals as it feels it needs to hold onto as much as it can to remain healthy (12).
Your diet should be rich in vitamins, minerals and you should always stay hydrated. Processed foods should be avoided as much as possible. The plate you eat should be rich in colours, such as greens, reds, oranges and whites. Complex carbohydrates such as sweet potato, quinoa and brown rice as well as organic proteins if your diet/lifestyle/beliefs allow this should be consumed on a daily basis. Nuts and seeds are also rich in essential fats and minerals, so these should be consumed in moderation and daily too.
If you think you may have exposure to heavy metals and require a safe detoxifying protocol or require general guidance on nutritional support and how to live a balanced lifestyle please contact me at email@example.com or visit my website by going to www.urbanplatehealth.com
1. Chemtrails 'will wipe out humans' causing biblical-style floods, says expert - http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/731823/Chemtrails-will-wipe-out-humans-causing-biblical-style-floods
2. Dr. Edward Group, Why I’m Concerned About the Dangers of Aluminum - http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/concerned-about-aluminum-dangers/
3. Kumar V, Gill KD. Aluminium neurotoxicity: neurobehavioural and oxidative aspects. Arch Toxicol. 2009 Nov;83(11):965-78. doi: 10.1007/s00204-009-0455-6. Epub 2009 Jul 1. Review.
4. Analytics Research Lab on Aluminium Toxicity - http://www.arltma.com/Articles/AlumToxDoc.htm
5. Mercury poisoning facts by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP - http://www.medicinenet.com/mercury_poisoning/article.htm
6. Mercury poisoning signs and symptoms - http://www.emedicinehealth.com/mercury_poisoning/article_em.htm
7. Revised Protocol for Detoxifying Your Body from Mercury Exposure - http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/01/13/mercury-detoxification-protocol.aspx
8. Klinghardt Detox Support Protocol - http://klinghardtinstitute.com/protocols/klinghardt-detox-support-protocol/
9. Chronic Fatigue & Nutrition, Excessive copper, iron & lead - http://chronicfatigueandnutrition.com/heavy-metals/excessive-copper-iron-lead/
10. Lead Poisoning: Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis - http://www.healthline.com/health/lead-poisoning#Overview1
11. Lead Toxicity: Background, Pathophysiology, Etiology - http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1174752-overview
12. Absorption of Minerals and Metals - http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/digestion/smallgut/absorb_minerals.html