I’ve been writing recently about this wonderful supplement, Chlorella. As I’ve written previously, one of the reasons this freshwater algae is so beneficial for our health is because it is so nutrient-dense. It’s abundant in all eight essential amino acids, antioxidants, chlorophyll and vitamins and minerals.
Another factor, that makes this such an incredible health supplement, is a unique complex contained in the nucleus of every chlorella cell, known as Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF). This unique complex is only found in chlorella. Because of this Chlorella Growth Factor, chlorella doubles in growth every 20 hours.
So how does this help us? The Chlorella Growth Factor contained inside the nucleus of every chlorella cell is composed of nucleic acids known as RNA and DNA. This RNA and DNA help sustain cellular health and regeneration. It’s believed consuming foods high in RNA and DNA may in fact help protect our own nucleic acids. When our RNA and DNA are in good health, our body can use nutrients more readily thereby preventing disease.
It's thought one of the main causes of accelerated aging is our inability as we age, to produce sufficient RNA and DNA, making us more at risk of illness and disease. This is where the Chlorella Growth Factor may be helpful. Because it’s high in nucleic acids, our bodies can continue to take up RNA and DNA despite the fact our body’s production of these molecules has reduced. It’s believed by eating foods containing the Chlorella Growth Factor, we can enhance healthy aging and cellular regeneration.
Chlorella Growth Factor enhances the RNA and DNA processes which are needed for the creation of enzymes, proteins and energy at a cellular level which can assist in rapid tissue healing and protect our cells from toxins. It also strengthens our immune system. Chlorella Growth Factor is thought to stimulate the production of interferon, protecting T and B lymphocytes thereby increasing our ability to fight disease.
The antioxidants contained in the Chlorella Growth Factor may also lessen free radical damage and promote anti-aging effects. One of our brain’s biggest enemies is oxidative stress from free radicals. There is a belief, that certain toxins such as heavy metals, moulds, mycotoxins, environmental pollutants, and pesticides may increase our risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Chlorella Growth Factor contains glutathione which binds to heavy metals, solvents, mycotoxins, and pesticides and converts them into a form which can be excreted in urine or bile. Because Chlorella Growth Factor is rich in nucleic acids (RNA and DNA) it also helps protect our brain.
Our brain also requires good nutrition and Chlorella is an amazing natural food source of rich nutrients. B vitamins are imperative for brain function. Chlorella contains one of the more absorbable forms of B12. It contains Omega 3, a vital brain nutrient as well as other important vitamins and minerals. Protein is essential in enabling nutrients to be transported into our brain cells and importantly, chlorella contains more than 50% of bio-available protein and all the essential amino acids.
When it comes to anti-aging our thoughts often go to our skin. Because Chlorella is packed with nutrients, it can be helpful in repairing and restoring sun-damaged skin. It’s believed to improve our skin’s ability to renew and heal. It’s also thought to provide the building blocks for keratin, collagen and healthy skin as well as protect collagen and elastin in our skin, improving skin tone. Toxins such as environmental pollution and smoking can accelerate the ageing of our skin. Chlorella’s ability to detoxify our body helps to prevent these aging effects.
The more I research Chlorella, the more I realise this incredible freshwater algae is really one of nature’s gifts! And even better, we can now access Australian-grown Chlorella which is available in powder or tablet.
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