On a beautiful April day, Sun Chlorella USA president Futoshi Nakayama and his wife, Yen, took their new baby and their dog to visit the animal rescue organization The Gentle Barn. As they toured the barns, they met another family with a new baby and a little dog. And this family had an amazing story to tell . . .
A few months earlier - almost despairing - this family had approached the Gentle Barn seeking help. Their dog, Sofia, had developed a hole in her stomach after being treated with anti-inflammatory medications. No medical intervention seemed to help and they were worried they'd lose this member of their family.
Having witnessed the powerful healing power of chlorella with their own animals, The Gentle Barn advised the family to try giving her a special chlorella extract - Wakasa Gold. The family added this concentrated extract to Sofia's feeding tube. Within a day she perked up. And within a few weeks, Sofia was back at home, eating and healing.
Needless to say, the family was ecstatic to meet Futoshi and his family and to be able to thank him personally for Sun Chlorella's role in helping their little dog recover. Without the
As this family discovered, chlorella harbors inside of it a special substance. And as research over the last half a century demonstrates, this substance may be the secret ingredient to longevity and greater vitality.
The Secret Treasure Deep Within Chlorella
For years, chlorella's ability to quickly reproduce had captured scientists' attention. In just 20 hours, it could quadruple its cells - far outpacing most organisms' rates of cell reproduction. But even more exciting, they discovered chlorella's powers extended beyond helping chlorella grow - to animals and people . . .
In 1966, Dr. Yoshio Yamagishi gave healthy 10-year-olds at the Okuno Primary School in Tokyo, Japan 2 grams of chlorella a day for 112 days. The chlorella supplementation caused the children to grow faster than their counterparts who were not taking chlorella. On average, the boys grew almost half an inch taller with over half a pound more of weight gain. And while the girls didn't grow much taller than their counterparts, they gained almost twice the weight of their counterparts who were not taking chlorella.
Bear in mind, none of the children were overweight. Their
Initially scientists thought it was the algae's high level of protein or rich array of nutrients that contributed to this exceptional development. But then Dr. Fujimaki of the People's Scientific Research Center in Tokyo, Japan found a hot water extract of chlorella still produced the same kind of results.
As scientists from the Medical Division of Nagasaki University demonstrated, this same hot water extract promoted similar healthy growth rates in children. They gave 676 children ages 6-10 years 30 mg of chlorella extract daily. After 100 days, the children had surpassed the control group of children in both height and weight.
No longer was
As researchers eventually discovered, chlorella contains a particularly powerful growth factor.
How Chlorella's Growth Factor Is Unique
Produced by both plants and animals in a variety of forms, growth factors exist everywhere. These special signal molecules rally an organism's resources and instruct living tissue to regenerate, heal, protect itself and grow. They cause plants to flourish and wounds to heal. In the human body alone, we have over a dozen different forms of these molecules that trigger rejuvenation, cellular reproduction and development.
But while similar in function and makeup to other growth factors found in nature, chlorella growth factor (
- At the Medical College at
- With dramatic photographs, Dr. David Steenblock demonstrated how he used
- As these examples underscore, chlorella growth factor doesn't just help children grow. Growth - in the form of cellular reproduction - is a constant part of life. It's part of our lives as we go into 30's, 40's, 50's . . . even if we make it into our second century of life. We're always building new muscles, creating new layers of skin, new blood cells, bone tissue and liver cells . . . the list goes on. Throughout our life, our cells have to produce new cells in order to regenerate damaged tissue and keep our body in working order.
As we get older, we desperately need the growth factors we produce in our own bodies help us maintain our health. But like much of the essential biochemistry that courses through our body and keeps us alive, we have a harder time producing these factors as we age. Rich in protein and nucleotides, growth factors are expensive to make.
Chlorella growth factor (CGF) offers us a way to make up this deficit.
How CGF Supports Longevity And Fights Aging
Scientists have successfully identified many of the components of CGF. CGF is in fact a cluster of similar growth factors found in chlorella. All of them are made up of nucleotide-peptide molecules. Researchers have also demonstrated chlorella produces CGF when it is exposed to intense sunlight, earning CGF the nickname of "concentrated sunlight.”
Yet even with this understanding, no one has explained exactly how this growth factor works so quickly and effectively.Perhaps it simply gives a message to the body like other signal molecules. Some preliminary research has demonstrated
Perhaps its special sugars - some of them linked to stronger immunity and healing - help fuel the body.
Or perhaps - and most likely - it's the convergence of all these special qualities.
We have much to learn about how this unique substance strengthens and renews our bodies.
What's clear is that
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About Dr. Michael E. Rosenbaum, MD
Dr. Rosenbaum is a 35-year veteran and widely recognized pioneer in the field of nutritional medicine, alternative
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