Chlorella is a tiny single-celled green alga that lives in fresh water. It's a plant that is about the same size as a human red blood cell, and has existed on earth for over 3 billion years. Strong sunlight, pure water and clean air enable chlorella to multiply at an incredible rate, and the entire reproduction cycle is complete within 24 hours.
PlantPills chlorella is grown in vast mineral rich fresh water cultivation ponds by the largest and oldest chlorella producer in the world, Taiwan Chlorella, who produce over 400 tons a year, and are acknowledged to be among the very best producers of chlorella in the world.
PlantPills chlorella is amongst the best chlorella in the world, renowned not only for it's high content of chlorophyll, chlorella extract and RNA/DNA, but crucially it is highly digestible and source of vitamins, minerals and protein.
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PlantPills chlorella has extremely high levels of EAAs (essential amino acids) that we must obtain from food, and BCAAs (branched-chain amino acids), which are absorbed directly into the circulatory system, allowing rapid protein synthesis profiles, far superior to other whole foods. BCAAs are often used to improve exercise performance and recovery, and to reduce muscle breakdown.
PlantPills chlorella has a particularly high omega 3/6/9 essential fatty acid content, in amounts comparable to purpose built supplements that use extracts and isolates, and yet chlorella is a vegetarian whole food.
NASA has studied using chlorella as one of the first whole foods in space on the international space station.
PlantPills Chlorella comes from Taiwan Chlorella Manufacturing Company, who have been making premium grade chlorella for nearly 60 years. They are the world's largest, oldest, and most technically advanced producer of chlorella, and are considered to be among the very top producers in the world in terms of purity and bioavailability.
The cell wall of chlorella must be cracked or broken to enable humans to digest it. To crack the cell wall of PlantPills chlorella, the pressure is raised in the holding tank where the chlorella is stored, and then the pressure is suddenly released.
This advanced pressure method is patented, and much superior to older, cheaper methods such as milling, which often result in problems with lower digestibility and reduced nutritional value.
PlantPills chlorella (cracked cell wall, strain: Chlorella Pyrenoidosa) comes in powder or 250 mg tablets, significantly smaller and easier to take than the larger 500mg supplied by the majority of producers.
Every batch of PlantPills Chlorella is independently verified by third-party laboratories to have no dangerous levels of heavy metals or micro-organisms. The certifications for the current batch are viewable below. Every single batch is thoroughly tested in-house to confirm the absence of BMAA/microcystin.
Pack sizes are 250 grams, 500 grams, 1 kilogram, 2 kilograms and 10 kilograms (selectable in the basket).
It is imperative that chlorella is transported and stored in an oxygen-free environment, even after opening. If chlorella is exposed to oxygen, the nutritional value quickly starts to diminish, because vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants are particularly sensitive to oxygen.
PlantPills chlorella is supplied in our unique PillFresh™ packaging, which keeps the chlorella sealed in an environment with an oxygen content of less than 0.1%. After you open your PlantPills chlorella, just seal it back up, and incredibly, our unique PillFresh™ packaging will again reduce the oxygen content to less than 0.1%, continuing to keep the chlorella fresh.
This packaging will continue to do this time and time again, for 40 openings.
Other vendors package chlorella tablets in plastic tubs, or "vacuum sealed" aluminium pouches. Plastic tubs are permeable to oxygen, so are no use for keeping chlorella fresh. Tablets in aluminium pouches are difficult to vacuum seal, and this type of vacuum sealing typically contains at least 2% oxygen. This is enough oxygen to start diminishing the nutritional value, and considering mould can grow in air with a 0.3% oxygen content, this really isn't acceptable.
It is therefore pretty certain that a significant amount of nutrition is lost before a typical package of chlorella is even opened by the consumer. Then, after opening, the exposure to oxygen quickly starts to diminish the nutritional value further. While our PillFresh packaging maintains 100% (or very close to 100%) of the nutrients, typical packaging will result in a 37% loss in beta carotene content after four weeks, and an 85% loss in chlorophyll content after 8 weeks.
PillFresh™ packaging is truly innovative, and exclusive to PlantPills.
Unfortunately, not all chlorella is the same. It is very important to know the source of the chlorella you eat, as it has a huge bearing on whether it is as nutritious as it should be, and if it is even safe to consume.
The best quality chlorella comes from reputable companies which have been producing chlorella for decades. Such companies have vast experience and knowledge of growing, harvesting and processing good quality chlorella. They will provide Certificate of Analysis' (COAs), completed by third party testing labs. This ensures the chlorella is of a high quality and is safe.
If the vendor or retailer of the chlorella for sale can not or will not provide you with the name of the producer, and a COA from a third party (a document from the testing lab, NOT the producer or vendor), do not buy the chlorella.
With no producer or valid COA (not just numbers typed into a website or an email from the vendor), you really don’t know what you are buying. It doesn’t matter if it’s even labelled as organic, from “pristine waters of Hainan, China”, or have impressive looking claims on their website, you really don’t know what you are buying.
Chlorella from China can be animal feed grade (not safe for humans), cut with fillers, roasted for a long time at very high temperatures in an attempt to kill harmful bacteria (the roasted, nutty smell is obvious), have high levels of heavy metals, or could even be contaminated.
An analysis of contaminated algae product for sale (by the FDA in America) found adult flies and adult fly fragments, maggots and maggot fragments, ants and ant fragments, cicada and cicada fragments, hundreds of other insect fragments, ticks, mites, ostracods, rat or mouse hairs, bird feathers, and water fleas.
In 2008, a Chinese milk scandal was exposed in which 6 babies died and hundreds of thousands of others became ill after melamine was added to raw milk to make it appear higher in protein. This further damaged China’s reputation for producing safe and reliable food products.
Chlorella from China is the cheapest available, and is often classified as organic. However, the "organic" classification has no relevance to nutritional content, purity, or contamination.
The fact is that without even knowing the producer, and without having regular nutritional and safety analysis from a reputable third party laboratory, chlorella from China (or anywhere else for that matter) is not a verifiable, reliable, good quality source of safe chlorella.
It is sensible for anyone who is new to taking chlorella, to take just half of one tablet and monitor themselves for any adverse reactions for 24 hours. If there is no reaction, increase the dose to one tablet the following day, and gradually build the dose up day after day.
Chlorella is a whole food, not a medicine. Many people who supplement their diet with chlorella do not take enough for it to be effective.
In 2001 Dr. R. E. Merchant, professor of anatomy and neurosurgery at the Medical College of Virginia, stated in his study: "No toxic effects have ever been observed in laboratory animals or humans who have consumed chlorella, regardless of whether the cell wall was intact or broken."
Chlorella is a natural cleanser and helps to eliminate toxins from the body, especially when it is first taken. Some people may experience changes in their digestive systems for the first few days of taking chlorella. These changes are temporary, and things should be back to normal within a number of days.
Recommended dosage: Build up to 5 grams (20 tablets/2x level 5ml teaspoons of powder) per day, with water.
Upper dosage: 30 grams (120 tablets/12x level 5ml teaspoons of powder) per day, with water, for a healthy, active adult.
Normal maintenance dose for a healthy, active adult can be 15-30 grams (60-120 tablets) per day, split at different times of the day.
To consume the powder, place 40ml (1.5oz) of water per 5ml teaspoon of powder into a cup, add powder, stir, and drink.
Some people like to take chlorella in one go, and some like to split their dosage up between 2-3 times during the day.
Some people like to take chlorella before eating, some with their meals, and some between meals. It doesn't really matter; whichever is most convenient and effective.
It is common, and perfectly fine to take chlorella in combination with spirulina.
This food is very low in Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Calcium, Magnesium and Copper, and a very good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Iron and Phosphorus. - nutritiondata.com
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All information relates to PlantPills chlorella only (not chlorella in general - other chlorella is generally far less nutritious). The testing and analysis has been independently carried out by Japan Food Research Laboratories, and the raw reports can be viewed in the Why PlantPills chlorella? section above.
To compare our chlorella to that from a different supplier or producer, a similarly detailed independent report would be required.
Please see the label from our 250 gram pack of Chlorella Tablets below.
PlantPills Chlorella comes in two versions, the powder form and the tablet form. The tablets are 100% chlorella powder (never any excipients, anti-caking agents, binders or fillers) pressed into tablets, and are in a form that some people may find more convenient to consume.
Chlorella tablets are more suited to those that do not like the taste of chlorella powder, or those who take it on the move, and can’t easily measure and mix powder into water.
Chlorella powder is more suited to those that have difficulty swallowing tablets, or otherwise find it more convenient to consume as a drink.
From a scientific perspective, powder offers a much higher surface area available immediately higher up in the digestive tract, which may result in increased or more efficient absorption of some nutrients.
Anyone who has a seafood allergy may be particularly sensitive to chlorella.
Most people will experience detox symptoms when first taking chlorella.
Individuals lacking the digestive enzyme cellulase may not be able to tolerate chlorella. In such cases it is advisable to take a digestive enzyme supplement that contains cellulase to help digest foods such as chlorella.
PlantPills chlorella is amongst the most nutritious in the world, so if you are switching from using a different brand of chlorella, it would be sensible to take half your normal dose to begin with and adjust the dosage from there.
Chlorella contains B vitamins which are linked to increased energy. Some people may experience difficulty in sleeping if taking a large dose of chlorella just before bed.
It is easier on the digestive system to take chlorella separately from milk or other dairy products such as yoghurt or cheese.
Persons taking the blood-thinning drug known as Coumadin (generic warfarin) are advised to completely avoid chlorella, or use caution and follow the advice of their healthcare professional because chlorella contains high amounts of vitamin K that may affect the inhibition of blood clots.
Chlorella may cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of autoimmune diseases. If you have one of these conditions, it’s best to avoid using chlorella.
It is never advisable to start taking a new food supplement such as chlorella during pregnancy.
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Chlorophyll... could “[neutralize] bad breath, body odor, menstrual odors, and foul-smelling urine and stools”. Dr. Westcott, July 1950 Time Magazine
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