Chlorella is natural herb ingredient of FortiFi™

Chlorella - weight control, cancer prevention, immune system supportChlorella is a genus of single-celled green algae, belonging to the phylum Chlorophyta. It is spherical in shape, about 2 to 10 micron in diameter, and is without flagella. Chlorella contains the green photosynthetic pigments chlorophyll -a and -b in its chloroplast. Through photosynthesis it multiplies rapidly requiring only carbon dioxide, water,sunlight, and a small amount of minerals to reproduce.

Many people believed Chlorella could serve as a potential source of food and energy because its photosynthetic efficiency can, in theory, reach 8%, comparable with other highly efficient crops such as sugar cane. It is also an attractive food source because it is high in protein and other essential nutrients; when dried, it is about 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrate, 5% fiber, and 10% minerals and vitamins. However, because it is a single-celled algae, harvest posed practical difficulties for its large-scale use as a food source. Mass-production methods are now being used to cultivate it in large artificial circular ponds.

It was believed in the early 1940s that, unlike most plants, Chlorella protein was "complete", for it had the ten aminoacids then consideredessenrial, and it was also packed with calories, fat and vitamins. Chlorella has been found to have anti-tumor properties when fed to mice. Another study found enhanced vascular function in hypertensive rats given oral doses of chlorella. Although at its onset Chlorella was thought to add a "dirt-cheap" form of high protein to the human diet, studies proved otherwise. Chlorella, which actually loses most of its nutritional value when altered or processed in any way, was no longer an effective protein, and, therefore, pro-Chlorella supporters decided to communicate other health benefits of the algae. Hence, weight control, cancer prevention, and immune system support are all positive health benefits attributed to this algae.

It was also thought humans would never eat algae directly; instead, they believed it could be added to animal feed, thereby increasing to protein consumption indirectly.

Under certain growing conditions, Chlorella yields oils high in polyunsaturated fat - Chlorella minutissima has yielded EPA at 39.9% of total lipids.

Chlorella is natural herb ingredient of FortiFi™