Chlorella is a highly nutrition-dense superfood, rich in all eight essential amino acids, chlorophyll, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals that are essential for life.
But the Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) really makes chlorella a incredible health and wellness wholefood. It is a unique complex found in the chlorella's nucleus and this growth factor is unique to chlorella. Neither spirulina nor any other microalgae contain it. Because of CGF, chlorella doubles in number every 20 to 24 hours (An, 2016), (Bito, 2020).
Read on to learn the chlorella growth factor, why it is unique, how it benefits your health, and where to get it.
Chlorella Growth Factor – What Is It?
Dr. Fujimake of the People's Scientific Research Center in Tokyo used electrophoresis to remove material from a chlorella hot water extract in the 1950s. He discovered that hot water extract supported healthy growth in both human and animal youngsters. Since early trials with chlorella extract showed that it stimulated growth, this effect was given the extract name "Chlorella Growth Factor."
Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) is a complex found only in the chlorella nucleus. CGF is synthesized during strong photosynthesis, which facilitates the rapid growth of chlorella. Every twenty hours, each cell divides into two new cells, and the CGF stimulates this rapid pace of reproduction. CGF is a complicated mixture of important nutrients, some of which include amino acids, vitamins, and necessary fats, amongst others (Abdolbaghian, 2021).
Chlorella Growth Factor – Why Is It Unique?
Experiments indicate that CGF stimulates faster growth with no adverse effects. In addition, it enhances the RNA/DNA processes required for the formation of proteins, enzymes, and energy at the cellular level, hence promoting tissue healing and shielding cells from some toxic substances (An, 2016).
With aging, cellular activities become less efficient. As a result, the cell wall, which controls how much food gets in and how much waste gets out, stops working as well. This increases the body's acidity, which promotes numerous chronic and degenerative disorders.
Consuming foods high in DNA and RNA helps protect your own nucleic acids and when your RNA and DNA are healthy, your systems can utilize nutrients more effectively, eliminate pollutants, and assist in avoid disease. As a result, self-repair occurs at the cellular level, and overall health and vitality improve (Ng, 2020).
Among all known foods, chlorella contains the highest concentration of nucleic acids; a study conducted by Japanese professor Michinori Kimura discovered that it had 10% RNA and 3% DNA.
That's why CGF is unique and the most effective anti-aging supplement for your DNA. Regular use of CGF may aid in the repair of injured genetic material, thereby preserving your health and delaying the aging process (Khalilnezhad, 2018).
Health Benefits of Chlorella Growth Factor
Researchers discovered that CGF is a potent promoter of immunity, growth, and development in young individuals, as well as an anti-aging agent.
CGF helps promote tissue and genetic material repair, safeguard and support cellular activities, boost nutritional intake, regulate enzyme production, recoup energy, protect cells from toxins, enhance bowel function, and enhance memory (Ng, 2020).
According to reports, CGF aids in lowering blood pressure, improving liver function, increasing blood counts, regulating blood sugar, renewing cells, accelerating the healing of stomach ulcers and skin disorders, curing anemia, eliminating constipation and headaches, resisting colds, restoring energy to the body, and stimulating appetite (EARTH), (Panahi, 2016).
CGF extract is quickly assimilated, going from the stomach and directly into the intestines to be absorbed by the body and cellular system for rapid healing.
Here are a few health benefits of the Chlorella Growth Factor.
CGF Promotes Faster Growth and Tissue Repair
CGF is composed primarily of derivatives of nucleic acids, such as RNA and DNA, as well as amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. As mentioned above, chlorella can contain up to 10% RNA and 3% DNA. CGF doesn't directly replace your cells' DNA and RNA, but when it's digested and absorbed, its amino acid combinations give your cells the "building blocks" they need to fix their own DNA and RNA.
Therefore, when you consume chlorella, you consume the nucleic acids that are the consequence of chlorella's rapid development, as well as all of the extra nutrients required for chlorella's reproductive growth and maintenance of its life cycle (Treves, 2017).
Because of CGF, chlorella can grow double in quantity every 20 hours, which is something that no other plant or substance on earth can do. Therefore, it stimulates accelerated growth in children and young animals, as well as accelerated repair of damaged tissue.
In addition, research with microorganisms, animals, and infants has demonstrated that CGF stimulates faster-than-normal growth without negative side effects, and in adults, it appears to boost the RNA/DNA functions necessary for the generation of proteins, enzymes, and energy at the cellular level, enhancing the ability to repair tissue and protect cells against certain toxins. Chlorella is one of the most potent whole foods because its CGF is responsible for much of chlorella's remarkable healing potential (Lu, 2022).
CGF Boosts Immune System Health
In addition to promoting growth, CGF has shown to be a helpful natural immune booster. CGF inhibits the growth of viruses and helps boosts the body's resilience to disease infection (Cheng, 2004).
Research has shown CGF activates T cells to help fight viruses, B cells to fight bacteria, and macrophages to fight foreign proteins, and toxins (Kwak, 2012). CGF increases the creation of interferon, the activity of macrophages, the release of tumor necrosis factor (TNF), and the secretion of tumor necrosis factor (TNF). It helps make Natural Killer (NK) cells work better, may slow down the aging process, and adds over 30% to the life span of mice (Lai, 2011), (An, 2010).
CGF Boosts Energy Levels
Proteins, enzymes, and cellular energy are synthesized with the help of DNA and RNA. So, due to its nucleic acid composition, CGF can improve energy levels. It is believed that this increases energy because when the body receives and absorbs nucleic acid from an external food source, it minimizes the amount of internal effort required to manufacture RNA and DNA. This reduces the amount of work your body must perform and allows it to save more energy for usage throughout the day (Ryu, 2014).
CGF Supports Healthy Aging
The Chlorella Growth Factor is rich in the nucleic acids DNA and RNA, which are essential for cellular renewal. Unfortunately, as you age, your body creates less DNA and RNA, which is believed to be a primary cause of accelerated aging and makes you more susceptible to illness and disease.
Because CGF has a high quantity of nucleic acids, you continue to acquire RNA and DNA even if your body's synthesis of these molecules has slowed down. Chlorella Growth Factor provides the body with nucleic acid, which it uses to fuel cell division and repair. After consuming CGF for an extended period, it can aid in cellular regeneration and promote healthy aging (Wu, 2005), (Bax, 2021).
CGF Enhances Blood Count and Cell Regeneration
Chlorella's reproductive system is asexual. It divides every day into four cells, which grow through photosynthesis using solar energy and carbon dioxide in freshwater. Theoretically, it can expand so rapidly that it could cover the entire planet in 63 days. Thanks to its photosynthetic mechanism, chlorella can increase human food production by a factor of 50 compared to other grains.
Chlorella cells are nearly identical in size to human red blood cells and contain nucleic acids that are beneficial to your DNA and RNA. It's self-sustaining, with all the organs and mechanisms it needs to survive.
In treating cancer, gamma rays and antibiotics are frequently utilized. Unfortunately, these medicines produce adverse effects that diminish the number of white blood cells. In addition to gamma radiation and antibiotics, Dr. Saito administered chlorella to patients who participated in his clinical trials. He discovered that it reduced the loss of white blood cells, increased the number of red blood cells, and sped up the recovery process.
CGF Supports Tissue Repair After Exercise
The nucleic acid content of the Chlorella Growth Factor may shorten recovery time between workouts by facilitating tissue repair. CGF can also assist in balancing the inflammatory response that occurs because of exercise and physical activity.
CGF Enhances Detoxification
CGF contains glutathione, which can bind to heavy metals, solvents, and pesticides and transform them into a form that can be eliminated via urine or bile. It is also a potent antioxidant that helps the body combat damaging free radicals and aids in detoxifying. In addition, glutathione aids in the elimination of liver poisons (Ogawa, 2016), (Uchikawa, 2011).
CGF Acts as a Prebiotic
CGF promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria and aids with digestion. It controls gut flora. According to a Japanese study, chlorella's high prebiotic content can triple the beneficial gut bacteria's development rate (Rosenbaum).
Do Chlorella Tablets and Powder Contain CGF?
Yes, chlorella tablets and powder contain as much as 25% CGF. The amount of CGF is determined by the quality of the chlorella, which is affected by how it is grown and how impurities, protein, and other contaminants are removed during the extraction process.
In addition to CGF, chlorella offers the highest levels of chlorophyll, which has been discovered by several researchers to be helpful for blood cleansing and preventing blood oxidation, allowing oxygen and nutrients to be transported through the blood to develop healthy cells and bodies (Beale, 1971).
Researchers have discovered that chlorophyll can be used to help with may ailments. Additionally, the distinct cell walls induce interferon and stimulate peristaltic movement. In conjunction with CGF and chlorophyll, they boost the body's cleansing, development, and defense and enhance the body's system, blood circulation, and cell renewal.
Chlorella is a complete natural food and organic vegetable. It is rich in vitamins, particularly B12, and minerals, including iron, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, as well as protein, carbs, and vital amino acids, all of which are beneficial to your body's optimal health and removal of heavy metals.
The Bottom Line
Chlorella is one of nature's best gifts. Besides other essential nutrients, it contains a unique complex known as Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), which helps chlorella grow faster. CGF contains nucleic acids and other essential nutrients that can help humans and animals grow faster, support tissue repair and cell renewal, boost immunity, enhance energy levels, remove toxins, and promote healthy aging. Modern science has unlocked chlorella's extraordinary potential as a superfood and a remedy that enables you to thrive and heal in a toxic and polluted environment.
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