As a matter of fact, for the use of astronauts traveling into space, researchers from NASA have investigated the fact that Chlorella is so complete that one could survive with it for long periods of time, validating the amazing survival qualities of this green superfood.
And because Chlorella has been found to contain over 50% protein, German scientists during World Wars I and II studied it very closely as a possible way to alleviate food shortages.
The scientists’ interest resided essentially in the discovery that what Chlorella is, apart from containing high protein and chlorophyll content, is also nutritionally an astonishing range of nutrients such as multi vitamins, amino acids, minerals, nucleic acids, CGF, enzymes, dietary fiber and other nutrients essential to an optimal nutrition.
For example, during the postwar food shortage in Japan, the Japanese government sponsored Dr. Tamiya to harvest and develop Chlorella commercially and to make one of the finest whole foods in the world.
Then during the 1950’s, The Carnegie Institute in Washington took up the study where the German scientists had left off and found a way to grow Chlorella commercially. They thought that this wonder food could help bring a solution to the world hunger.
However, due to its tough outer cell that remained indigestible until the 1970’s, Chlorella only became available to mankind as a whole food when a patented procedure solved the digestibility problem by breaking down its cell walls.
From numerous Japanese studies, Chlorella has shown a longer life expectancy when animals are fed with the green algae- an average extension of almost two years compared to the average animal life span!
Therefore, in Japan, many medical doctors have chosen to supplement diets of hospitalized patients with Chlorella for its wealth of nutritional and health benefits and to speed up their recovery.
As a matter of fact, Chlorella, referred to more as a nutraceutical food rather than as a nutritional & health food supplement, is more demanded in Japan than vitamin C.
For many decades now, millions of Japanese understand and love what Chlorella is, and have elected it as one of their most popular health foods that they incorporate lavishly in breads, noodles, skin creams and more… And from the growing concerns of industrial and environmental pollution, and the real dangers of radiation the Japanese are facing, Chlorella is more popular there than ever.