Efficiency and digestibility between different Chlorellas, especially broken cell chlorellas?
Is there a difference in digestibility between the varieties of chlorella found on the market?
The answer is NO
But there is an explanation for the fact that some companies recommend their chlorellas with broken membranes under the false pretext that they are more digestible!
Some companies communicate widely on an information according to which the cells of Chlorella must be burst to be more digestible. This information is false. There is evidence and an explanation for this, given in the following.
Comparative studies have been conducted on small animals such as rats (*). They confirm that in both states, split or intact, Chlorella cells have a comparable digestibility. Chlorella has an average digestibility of 80% due to its proportion of fibers that are not assimilated by the body.
The membrane of Chlorella opens naturally in an acid environment. It will find, in our stomach, an acidity largely sufficient to release its invaluable contents.
It is important to know that Chlorella grown in outdoor tanks are highly loaded with microorganisms of all kinds and origins. In order to make them consumable, they must undergo a cleaning treatment. It can be a heat treatment but it is not used because it directly reduces many properties of the seaweed. Physical treatments are preferred such as the use of mechanical filters and high pressure treatments. These physical treatments are effective in purifying the environment but, in doing so, they greatly mistreat the Chlorella cells. Indeed, they cause the bursting of the membranes. The burst cells release their contents into the environment. Their precious components, taken out of their cellular shelter, are then exposed to degradation. This is the case, for example, for antioxidants and unsaturated fatty acids (omegas), which are sensitive to oxygen in the air.
Choose integrity and quality
It is preferable to consume well-sealed Chlorella that will keep their precious content intact.
Chlorella grown in glass tubes (in photo bioreactors) guarantee a high level of hygiene and safety. They grow in natural light and do not undergo any stress in their production process to give an intact product. The content of the Chlorella must remain well protected by its membrane. The integrity of the algae is the guarantee that it contains all its properties.
The cultivation in a controlled environment, closed to all possible external contaminations, is also a guarantee of the purity of the algae.
eChlorial’s chlorella is produced according to international quality standards. Its certifications cover the entire production chain of micro-algae, including cultivation, tablet production, packaging, logistics, etc., i.e. the entire quality management system.
Grown in ★ Europe ★ in glass tubes, in a perfectly controlled environment.
Chlorella and Spirulina are two famous supplements that more and more people are using as they become more aware of the healthy properties of these algae.
Spirulina is a cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and consequently belongs to the “true bacteria“ category. Chlorella, on the other hand, is a eukaryotic “true“ plant.
This clearly shows that the name “algae” is a collective term for various organisms living under water, but whose origins are truly different.
Organisms living under water and that need sunlight to live are usually classified as “algae”. Both man and Chlorella are classified as Eukaryotes. Reduced to phylogenetic relationships, it means that man is more closely related to Chlorella than Chlorella is to Spirulina.
Spirulina is a blue-green coil shaped cyanobacteria that can be found in either fresh or salt water. Spirulina lives in oceans throughout the world. Chlorella is a spherical green true alga that requires only carbon dioxide, water, sunlight and small amounts of minerals for reproduction.
Chlorella has been determined to contain about 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrates, 5% fiber, and 10% minerals and vitamins (including the vitamin B12 which is generally only found in meat). Chlorella contains 20 amino acids including the 8 necessary for human diet.
Spirulina contains between 55% and 77% protein, but is considered to be a total protein. It includes all of the 8 amino acids that are necessary as well as 14 other less-essential amino acids.
Chlorella is probably the most studied plant in the world as it has been used for over 100 years as a model organism in botanical research. Its effects on the animal and human organism have been the subject of scientific studies for around 80 years.
The effect of Spirulina, which in some culture groups has been a regular feature of the menu for many hundreds of years, has been similarly well researched. Their high protein and unsaturated fatty acid content, as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals, make Chlorella and Spirulina valuable supplements to the human diet. Moreover, recent scientific studies indicate that various constituents of these algae have pronounced immune-modulatory properties which make them interesting for applications in the medical field.