What is Chlorella Growth Factor?
Chlorella Growth Factor, also known as CGF, is a powerful extract that is only present in the single-celled green algae, chlorella. With Chlorella Growth Factor as part of its biochemical makeup, chlorella can multiply by four every 20-24 hours. When you consider how unique of an ability it is for a plant food to grow at such a rapid rate, imagine the health benefits it can also provide to your body once absorbed at the cellular level, such as repair and regeneration.
Chlorella Growth Factor also contains a unique mix of nucleic acids DNA and RNA along with the increasingly popular natural cosmetic nutrient, beta glucan.
Now, you may be thinking "that's great, but how does CGF measure up to my favourite line of anti-aging creams?
Once you hear the answer, you'll wish you'd heard of Chlorella Growth Factor sooner.
DNA and RNA for Flawless Skin and Anti-Aging
A youthful appearance isn't only skin deep. What goes on inside your body will always be reflected outwards and remain an indication of your overall health and wellness. Furthermore, how you age in terms of energy, health and appearance as you enter your 50's, 60's and 70's is all relative to the health of your cells. I promise not to give you an intense biology lesson, but I can assure you - once you understand the needs of your body at the cellular level, you'll be much better equipped to take control of how you maintain your youth and vibrant health!
RNA and DNA are the nucleic acids, or "materials” that your cells need to repair and regenerate. These acids carry the instructions for tissue repair and cell reproduction. Without sufficient RNA and DNA, your cells can get confused, which leads to repair and regeneration complications down the road.
As you age, your body's natural production of DNA and RNA declines. With less RNA and DNA being produced, the signs of aging become more visible (read: fine lines and wrinkles), and we experience a decrease in the speed of wound healing, energy and overall cellular function. For this reason, nucleic acids are a key component to anti-aging and beauty from the inside out.
Luckily, CGF contains a high concentration of bioavailable dietary nucleic acids, which means the RNA and DNA can be absorbed and utilized efficiently by your cells. Even if you're not concerned about aging just yet, you'll still benefit from the rejuvenating effects that the nucleic acids provide while taking a preventative measure for your health.
Beta Glucans for Younger Looking Skin
Beta glucan is a type of sugar molecule found in specific plant based foods such as oats, mushrooms and Chlorella Growth Factor.
While research on the health benefits of beta glucan remains incomplete, many people claim to experience a noticeable improvement in the appearance of their skin upon consumption or topical application. For this reason, you've likely seen beta glucans included in the ingredients list of herbal supplements and various topical skin care products intended for skin repair and regeneration- especially when it comes to anti-aging cream and burn and scar treatments. So far, it's been proven effective in reducing the overall severity of pain, inflammation and redness in the skin.
Beta glucan also acts as an antioxidant and immune system booster in the body by activating macrophages, the immune systems cells that destroy harmful pathogens. Since the body doesn't produce beta glucan on its own, you must obtain it from external dietary sources and you can do so by consuming Chlorella Growth Factor. All in all, beta glucan is a powerful nutrient to have on your side to radiate inner and outer beauty.
Protein for Beauty
Protein is an essential macronutrient for healthy and shiny hair, strong nails and blemish-free, soft skin. The RNA and DNA present in Chlorella Growth Factor help the body manufacture and utilize proteins. Protein is also essential for collagen production, a nutrient responsible for maintaining firm skin and elasticity.
A person with a low protein diet is more likely to have sagging skin, thin nails that break easily and hair loss. Other implications of protein deficiency include hormone imbalance, rashes and irregular or disturbed sleep. Additionally, a low protein diet can promote sugar cravings, an anti-beauty food that sabotages your overall health and wellness and your natural weight loss goals.
While it's a common belief that only animal foods contain protein, all plant foods also contain amino acids - even lettuce. You can get plant based protein simply by eating your favourite fruits and veggies each day. To receive higher concentrations of protein, be sure to include hemp hearts, algae, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, lentils, brown rice protein, oats and other whole grains in your diet. Organic animal protein such as bison, plain yogurt, chicken and omega 3 free range eggs are also excellent sources of essential amino acids.
The grams of protein you require per day will depend on your activity levels, gender and body weight, so be sure to check in with your healthcare provider to accurately determine your individual needs.
Bonus Natural Beauty Tips
To further promote the health of your cells and beauty that radiates from the inside out, it's important to consider additional lifestyle factors that contribute to anti-aging and preventing health imbalances.
Managing your stress levels, exercising regularly and moderating alcohol are three important lifestyle habits that can make a world of difference in your health when combined with a nutrient rich diet.
Limiting processed foods that contain unhealthy fats and refined sugar are also key to maintaining proper cellular function and therefore an appearance that radiates with health. When the state of your inner health reflects outwards, you can't help but look flawless at any age.
- Beauty is not skin deep, it begins from within and radiates outwards from the health of your cells.
- The health of your cells mirror your internal and external health, especially as you age.
- RNA and DNA are nucleic acids that are responsible for cellular repair and regeneration.
- To have healthy cells, your body must be producing sufficient RNA and DNA. Your body produces less RNA and DNA as you age, which is why it's so important to obtain it through your diet from a food source such as Chlorella Growth Factor. (Even if you're not concerned about aging yet, every life stage will benefit from CGF.)
- Chlorella Growth Factor also contains a unique sugar molecule called beta glucan, which has been proven effective for skin repair and rejuvenation. Beta glucan is available in topical skin treatment products, but will offer increased benefits to the body when ingested.
- Sufficient protein intake is required for clear, bright skin, strong nails and thick, shiny hair. The RNA and DNA in Chlorella Growth Factor helps your body produce and utilize protein.
- When you prioritize and maintain your health, it is reflected in your energy and outer appearance, allowing you to look and feel beautiful at any age.
How to Get Chlorella Growth Factor
The only way to get CGF in your diet is by taking chlorella, of course! However, there are a few different ways to get your CGF fix aside from chlorella superfoods such as tablets and powder - although we do recommend taking a chlorella supplement for additional fibre and antioxidant support.
To truly receive all the health benefits we've covered, you'll want to take CGF in a concentrated nutritional supplement. Sun Wakasa has been formulated to provide your body with a pure, potent concentration of CGF- and it also tastes great! Sun Wakasa can be added to your favourite beverage, smoothie or tea for a sweet and nutritious treat.
When Sun Wakasa is paired with Sun Chlorella tablets or Sun Chlorella powder, your body can count on receiving a spectrum of bioavailable nutrients to help you look and feel your absolute best.
If you want to take your health and wellness one step further, Sun Chlorella Cream is a topical chemical-free, anti-aging skin cream rich in Chlorella Growth Factor.
About Brandi Wagner, RHN
Brandi Wagner is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist from Vancouver, B.C. Experiencing her own health challenges at a young age led her to become passionate about educating on the healing properties of food, and how to achieve hormone balance, clear skin and sustainable weight loss naturally. In her spare time you'll find Brandi writing in her blog and hanging out with her teacup chihuahua, Coconut.
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 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11150448 Additional Resources:Beta Glucans for Skin Care: http://www.livestrong.com/article/320195-beta-glucan-skin-care/ Beta Glucan and Macrophage Activation: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20026063