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Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water. The whole plant is used to make nutritional supplements and medicine.
Most of the chlorella that is available in the U.S. is grown in Japan or Taiwan. It is processed and made into tablets and liquid extracts. These extracts contain "chlorella growth factor," which is described as a water-soluble extract of chlorella containing chemicals including amino acids, peptides, proteins, vitamins, sugars, and nucleic acids.
Be aware that chlorella products can vary significantly depending on the way “the crop” used to make them was cultivated, harvested, and processed. Investigators have found that dried preparation of chlorella can contain from 7% to 88% protein, 6% to 38% carbohydrate, and 7% to 75% fat.
As a medicine, chlorella is used for preventing cancer, reducing radiation treatment side effects, stimulating the immune system, improving response to flu vaccine, increasing white blood cell counts (especially in people with HIV infection or cancer), preventing colds, protecting the body against toxic metals such as lead and mercury, and slowing the aging process.
Chlorella is also used to increase “good” bacteria in the intestine in order to improve digestion; and to help treat ulcers, colitis, Crohn's disease, and diverticulosis.
Some people also use chlorella for the prevention of stress-related ulcers; treatment of constipation, bad breath, and hypertension; as an antioxidant; to reduce cholesterol; to increase energy; to detoxify the body; and as a source of magnesium to promote mental health, relieve premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and reduce asthma attacks. It is also used for fibromyalgia.
Spirulina is classified as blue - green algae. It is one of a diverse group of microscopic plants rarely used for food. Spirulina is the exception. During the last 20 years Spirulina has been rediscovered as a potent food source and nutritional supplement.
It grows wild in warm fresh water ponds and lakes, high in mineral salts. Under the microscope it is made up of tiny spirals, hence the name. It is now being cultivated all over the world, and is being consumed in over 75 countries. It is being celebrated as the most powerful health food supplement bar none.
For more information, please read : The Secrets of Spirulina, Medical Discoveries of Japanese Doctors, edited by Christopher Hills, PH.D., D.SC.
Hi *****, In Australia, Spirulina been rank as " food type supplement" , thus none of any medical claimed will be legal. Vitamin K2 is most likely on special medical calimed, we are not able to do it as others, as this is not legal in our country. Yes, Spirulina does contain some K2, unfortunately only very small volume, in our opinion, this amount is not good enough to make any different, thus we did not show this on our website, or related analysis reports. We sold our Spirulina as a natural food supplement, not a medicine. You may found 100 brands of Spirulina in market, but only less than 5 countries actually growing Spirulina,and only few supplier provided good quality product and honest information to customers, what we told are true only , and we don't exaggerated as others. Thank you!
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Spirulina is different from other algae and is similar to bacteria in many ways, occupying a niche between plants and bacteria. Spirulina is similar to cyanobacteria in structure (spiral shape, unlike true plant plankton), which can be toxic. Spirulina Blue- Green algae are recognized by the body (fish in particular) as a bacterium, causing an increase in antibodies, which in turn increases disease resistance. Spirulina is not Chlorella (the blue-green algae harvested from Klamath Lake, Oregon). Chlorella is a green micro-algae and does not have the same anti-viral, anti-cancer and immune stimulating properties of Spirulina. The Chlorella cell wall is made of indigestible cellulose, just like green grass, while the cell wall of Spirulina is made of complexed proteins and sugars. Spirulina has a soft cell wall made of complex sugars and protein, and is different from most other algae in that it is more easily digested. Spirulina is also high in usable or digestible amino acids (the building blocks of proteins); proteins from cereal and soy are not as digestible by fish as the amino acids found in spirulina. Spirulina provides all the required amino acids, and in a form that is five times easier to digest than meat or soy protein.