By Bob McCauley, ND
The fiber in Chlorella is famous for removing heavy metals and other synthetic toxins from the body. One of the absorbing substances in Chlorella fiber is sporopollenin, a naturally occurring carotene-like polymer that is extremely resistant to degradation. Chlorella’s cell wall is comprised of 3 layers. The middle layer contains the thickest cellulose microfibrils. The outer layer is extremely resistant to tearing or breakage. The characteristics of this fiber are unique to Chlorella and why it is so important that we consistently have Chlorella in our diet because it is not found in any other food source. Even dead Chlorella has the ability to soak up toxins after it has bonded with them.
However, because this outer shell of the chlorella cell is so hard that the chlorella cell must be cracked open so its nutrients can be accessed by the body. There are two methods of opening the cell wall, Pressure Release and DynoMill.
The Dyno®-Mill method of opening Chlorella’s cell wall completely crushes the wall and micronizes its nutrients so the body can absorb its nutrients. The Dyno®-Mill process uses thousands of very small glass beads (2 mm in diameter) such as those pictured here that are placed in a drum with the Chlorella and spun together for several minutes. It is an effective way to open the Chlorella cell wall. This milling process, which can be compared to milling wheat into flour, pulverizes the Chlorella cell rather than just gently cracking it open.
The state-of-the-art Pressure-Release® method used by one of our manufacturers is an entirely new approach to opening Chlorella’s cell wall. As the Chlorella cells pass through the specially designed Pressure-Release® chamber they rupture, or crack open, due to the sudden and extreme changes in pressure.
Both methods are effective. Opinions vary on which method is nutritionally better, DynoMill or Pressure Release. The best thing to do is try both kinds of chlorella and see if you like one more than the other.