What is Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF)

What is Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF)

Chlorella is a single-celled nutrient-dense green freshwater algae that has many therapeutic benefits for enhancing human health. It is considered a superfood and is one of the most  nutrient-dense foods on Earth. It has a diverse and unique composition of Omega 3, 6 and 9 polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, polysaccharides, minerals, and proteins and is one of the oldest food sources in existence that is now gaining popularity as a nutritious health food supplement available in powder or tablet form (Carl 2014, Guedes 2011, Panahi 2016, Bito 2020).

Chlorella is a natural multivitamin because it has almost all vitamins needed to sustain life including vitamin D and B12 that are normally not in plant foods. It is rich in vitamin A, B-complex, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iodine, selenium, phosphorous, enzyme pepsin and Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. It has all essential amino acids present and  more than 80% of the proteins are digestible (Komaki, 1998). It also has more than five times chlorophyll than wheat grass, more beta-carotene than carrots and iron content making up to 40% of your recommended daily needs.

Chlorella has an impressive amount of carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin that are the ‘eye vitamins’ working for protecting your eyes against damaging blue light emitting from digital devices and artificial lightning to prevent eye strain, eye fatigue, vision loss, cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (Ryu 2014).

 

WHAT MAKES CHLORELLA A SUSTAINABLE CROP

Chlorella is a microalgae that yield biomass is way more efficiently than land-based plants because of its high performance in utilizing sunlight and carbon dioxide that leads to an extremely fast rate of growth (Bito, 2020).

It can reproduce rapidly because chlorella growth factor makes it one of the most sustainable foods (Katerina, 2014). and makes superb asexual reproduction. It grows from 3 microns to 8-10 microns through the photosynthesis process using sunlight and carbon dioxide from fresh water. When chlorella has matured to 8-10 microns, there are two nuclear divisions and continuously a parent cell goes through cell divisions to form 4 new cells at a time. This organism has been in existence and continuously diving for more than two billion years now.

What helps Chlorella with its fast growth and reproduction? Chlorella Growth Factor present in the nucleus of aids rapid energetic reproduction and increased growth without mutation

Chlorella produces more biomass than regular plants as the daily yield is 20 grams per square meter. If one gram of Chlorella is 5.6 kcal, then the yearly calories produced will be 40,880 kcal per square meter which is much more than grains as grains generate just 800kcal per square meter meaning that Chlorella is producing 50 times more food.

When correctly cultured and grown, chlorella is an important plant, useful enough to be a future food source and a million-acre pond will be enough to fulfill the protein needs of about 2 million people that is the entire population of the US, that’s why chlorella is called the food of the 21st century.

 

 

What is CGF and why does Chlorella has it

Chlorella growth factor or CGF is produced during the photosynthesis process and is a unique physiologically active complex of substances such as proteins, nucleic acids, peptides, sugars, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins, present only in the Chlorella nucleus that allows the cells to multiply rapidly into 4 cells every 24 hours allowing Chlorella’s rapid growth (Merchant, 2001).

 

What health benefits does it have

Dietary CGF has been known to have several health benefits including promoting growth and healing, stimulating the immune system, managing body weight, and cholesterol levels, detoxifying the body, improving energy levels, helping with anti-aging, and encouraging tissue repair (An 2010, Merchant 2001, Hidaka 2004).

 

Boosted Energy levels

It is believed that having nucleic acid from an external food source and absorbing it decreases the need for the body to synthesize nucleic acid internally and this results in less work to be done by the body and hence increased energy levels. Many people who consume Chlorella supplements are good at resisting constant snacking because their energy levels are high.

 

Increased immunity

Chlorella growth factor has beta-glucan polysaccharide molecules that have positive effects on the immune system by boosting it and giving protection against harmful pathogens (Akramiene 2007, Kim 2011). Nucleic acids’ work of cell renewal, growth, and repair decreases in the body with their declined levels with age resulting in weakened immunity and premature aging. The nucleic acid in CGF may help your immunity stay strong by stimulating T and B-cells proliferation which protects us from viruses and diseases.

According to a Korean study published in the Nutrition Journal, taking 5g of chlorella supplement daily for 8 weeks resulted in increased levels of immune proteins to protect against bacteria in 51 healthy adults (Kwak 2012). Another study found that taking a Chlorella-derived multicomponent supplement for 4 weeks resulted in improved immune function in 15 men (Otsuki 2011).

 

Anti-Aging

As discussed in the last section, with advancing age decrease in nucleic acid levels responsible for cellular regeneration and repair is linked with rapid aging effects. Taking foods high in nucleic acids such as Chlorella growth factor may help with the aging process by promoting rapid cellular regeneration and may reduce the risk of the onset of some chronic degenerative diseases (Lai, 2011). Chlorella has 5 times the RNA content of canned sardines that was once thought of as the best nucleic acid source. The antioxidants in CGF may also reduce free radical damage and help assist promote antiaging effects (Bito 2020, Sikuru 2019).

 

Tissue repair

Chlorella growth factor has an important role for athletes and bodybuilders, it may help build stronger muscles as it helps stimulate the tissue repair process. If your body’s tissue repairs quicker between workouts, it may help improve overall athletic performance. Most people may also utilize this benefit of tissue repair for wound and ulcer healing and optimized inflammation levels in the body (Machmud 2020, Merchant, 2001, Cheng, 2004).

 

Detoxification

Chlorella may assist with detoxification, cleansing and removal of heavy metals that accumulate in the body and enhance their elimination ((Bito 2020). According to a Japanese study published in ‘The Journal of Toxicological Sciences’ chlorella was found to reduce mercury levels in the body (Uchikawa 2011). Chlorella was also found to inhibit Strontium absorption into the blood and enhance its elimination from the body (Ogawa, 2016).

 

 

Why is BioGenesis the worlds most trusted Chlorella?

Biogenesis Natural is gaining a reputation for growing the purest Chlorella in the world because it’s grown in a pristine area of the Great Barrier Reef region of Northern Australia. It is grown in a bio secure USA FDA approved production site that is is chemical-free, pollution-free pesticide-free region.

 

BioGenesis Growth System with innovative ponds:

BioGenesis Natural has an innovative and unique growth system that copies the natural river water flow by using the pressure of water as the moving force. This mechanism is similar to mother nature where water flows from the top of mountains to the ground and moves across river plains to the ocean. The system used by Biogenesis replicates a river by using narrow maze-type channels that allows moving the water back to the start of the maze for each circuit. This system enables algae growth as much similar and of high quality as done in a natural process.  It is an advanced energy-efficient hydrodynamic irrigation system that stimulates natural river flow.

 

BioDynamic Cell Cracking System:

Chlorella has a protective hard outer cellulose cell for keeping the nutrients intact and preserved within and this hard cell can’t be digested by the human body. Breaking open the cell by cracking the cell wall makes the nutrients readily accessed by our bodies during digestion. Many chlorella companies usually use a pulverizing or grinding process to break the cell wall however it is believed that this process may damage the chlorella cell resulting in nutrients becoming susceptible to nutritional losses and oxidation.  

The innovative BioDynamic Cell Cracking technology developed by BioGenesis natural gently splits the cell wall upon harvesting without any mechanical grinding or pulverizing, rather just utilizing a combination of ultrasonic technology and vacuum that ensures the maximum availability of the cell nutrients without any oxidation or nutritional loss risk forming a chlorella supplement as natural and fresh as possible for absorption by our body.

 

Conclusion:

Chlorella growth factor is regarded as helping Chlorella become a highly valuable supplement for enhancing health and may help boost energy levels, repair tissue, strengthen immunity, and assist cleansing and detoxification. It is an incredible addition to your diet for improving overall wellness at any stage of life. Always make sure to buy from a reliable and reputable supplier to get the purest form.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is general and not a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Always consult your doctor before starting any supplement and getting further guidance.

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