Marine microalgae, as Chlorella, Nannochloropsis, Dunaliella salina among others, have a primeval history with a 3.4-billion-year-old footprint. They have been part of human and animal diets for several centuries.
A number of studies have shown that consuming microalgae strongly benefits human health.
Meet Chlorella: THE GREEN MAGICIAN
Chlorella emerged over 3 billion years ago and was the first plant with a well-defined nucleus.
There are fossils of pre-Cambrian period that clearly indicate the presence of Chlorella. Scientists say that during the early period of the Earth's atmosphere, it would have been composed of lethal gases such as ammonia, methane and carbon dioxide. This theory holds that green plants such as Chlorella played a key role in transforming those lethal gases into an environment which was capable of supporting the life of plants and animals through photosynthesis (the process that is responsible for removing atmospheric carbon dioxide, releasing huge amounts of oxygen).
Microalgae Chlorella was only discovered in 1890, by Dutch microbiologist M. Beijernick, thanks to the fascination he felt while observing a dark green lagoon, which led him to examine its water under the microscope.
Health that comes from the Ocean
Microalgae have been cultured by mankind for centuries due to their valuable bioactive compounds.
Algalenic labs' marine microalgae Chlorella is produced by Buggypower, Portugal’s Premier Microalgae Producer, in proprietary closed photobioreactors in Porto Santo. This Portuguese Island in the North Atlantic Ocean, provides the benefits of year-round sunny days, pristine sea water and clean air for a balance that brings about perfect growth. When compared to fresh water, sea water brings the advantage of high concentrations of inorganic nutrients, trace metals as iodine and selenium and low bacterial loads.
SUPERFOOD: A MICRO INGREDIENT WITH MACRO BENEFITS
Microalgae biomass was named by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as a "Superfood" because of its high nutritional power.
By dry weight, Chlorella is almost 40% protein, which is one of the highest amounts per weight in any plant.
A Superfood rich with phytonutrients:
- Protein and amino acids
- Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) omega 3 and omega 6
Chlorella is also where we find the essential Chlorella Growth factor (CGF).
Beyond its impressive protein content, Chlorella also contains a good amount of healthy fats and complex carbs. The micro nutrient range is where Chlorella really shines as per 1 gram it contains:
- 10% of our recommended daily intake of vitamin A
- 7% RDI of iron
- 5% RDI of zinc
- 2.5% RDI of riboflavin
- 1% RDI of Thiamin, Niacin, vitamin B6, phosphorus, vitamin D and magnesium
- 1% RDI of vitamin C, E, Folate, pantothenic acid and calcium.
Marine Chlorella Growth factor (CGF)
CGF is a unique group of substances only present in the nucleus of marine Chlorella, making up to 18% of its total weight.
It is very rich in:
- Nucleic acids (RNA and DNA)
- Amino acids, peptides, vitamins (most of which are part of the B-complex, such as vitamin B12)
- Vital marine minerals and trace elements
- Polysaccharides, glycoproteins, and beta-glucans.
CGF is responsible for Chlorella’s remarkable ability to heal and rejuvenate the human body, repairing damaged cells and tissues, and stimulating the growth of new and healthy cells which makes this organism as one of the most powerful whole foods. On top of that, CGF’s high content of nucleic acids has the ability to slow down the ageing process.
How Marine Microalgae benefit our bodies
Consuming marine Chlorella, has been shown to naturally benefit the entire body in multiple ways:
- Is a potent anti-oxidant agent (marine microalgae are naturally rich in vital iodolipids - a combination of LC-PUFAs and iodides - the most ancient and powerful antioxidant, as well as carotenoids and polyphenols),
- Supports healthy hormonal function (iodine is called the endocrine mineral because it is important not only for the thyroid gland, but also for the entire hormone system of the body)
- Helps build the immune system
- Promotes cardiovascular health
- Helps negate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation
- Regulates blood pressure
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels and acts as a detoxifying agent (heavy metals and chemo-toxins).