The Truth About the Chlorella Market

by Bob McCauley, ND

Chlorella is being consumed by more people all the time.  It has become recognized for what it is, the world’s most nutritious food.  Recently, the source of the chlorella, where it is grown, has become a more important issue.  I have been to several chlorella and spirulina production plants throughout China and Taiwan.

While it is possible to find good quality Chlorella in China it is considerably more difficult than it is to find good quality Chlorella that is grown in Taiwan.  With its pervasive pollution and high amounts of heavy metals throughout the country finding both Spirulina and Chlorella in China that is not contaminated can be difficult, but you need to know your source well, having visited the company’s plant and inspected their cleanliness and procedures firsthand.  If you have been in the algae business, selling spirulina and chlorella for more than 5 years, you need to  have visited the production plant of what you are selling.  If you don’t, you will have no idea what you are selling and whether it is any good or not.  I have personally visited 6 spirulina and chlorella factories, 2 in China, 4 in Taiwan.  I consume the chlorella from Taiwan, and not from China because after seeing the conditions of each plant I knew what I would be willing to consume myself.

Chlorella-Cultivaton_Fermented_vs_sunlight_card_090915As of 2012, the only Chlorella produced in Korea is fermented inside the tank and it never sees the light of day, which is a product I would not consume.  At that time of this writing, 2012, Chlorella is not grown in the United States nor has it ever been to my knowledge.  However, the US has many ideal locations to grow chlorella such as Texas, which is not too hot, yet has nice whether year around.
Japanese companies have been growing Chlorella perhaps longer than any other country.  Knowledge about how to grow Chlorella is taught in the universities in Japan and it is where many of the people who grow in Taiwan learn to produce consumable Chlorella.  Many of the chlorella seed cultures that are used by various manufacturers come from Japan.  Although it may seem quite easy to grow algae that has consistent quality from batch to batch, and year to year.  But in fact, it is extremely difficult to do.  Growing algae is a complicated science
There are several companies that grow Chlorella in Taiwan as of 2012.  Chlorella grown in Taiwan is by far the world’s best quality.  Taiwan is a pristine country, mostly free of pollution in the countryside were Chlorella is cultivated.  Taiwan Chlorella producers offer the highest quality Chlorella available on the market, both certified and non-certified organic.  To open the Chlorella cell, producers use both pressure-release and Dyno®-Mill methods. We currently sell chlorella that has been opened with pressure-release, and we will be selling chlorella opened using the Dyno®-Mill method starting in June.  This unique process of small glass beads that crack the cell wall of the chlorella as it tumbles inside a drum crushes the chlorella cell for better absorption by the body

Currently the Watershed WellnessCenter sells Taiwan Chlorella only, including Certified Organic and non-certified organic chlorella and spirulina.  We are the only company to sell chlorella and spirulina combined with herbal extracts in tablet form.


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About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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4 Responses to The Truth About the Chlorella Market

  1. Valerie says:

    You’ve mentioned here that “We are the only company to sell chlorella and spirulina combined with herbal extracts in tablet form.” Are you in a way related or in partnership with Dr. Mercola? Because they also provide this chlorella supplement: and I’ve known this since my doctor recommended it to me. And it is also in tablet form. So are you in a way related to them?

  2. aishwarya says:

    It is very good article. I am trying to find a spirulina nutritional supplement for my daughter 12 years old, she is under weight 30kg, and 4ft 9 inches height. My childs doctor did some tests and everything is normal. I am very confused to pick a product as there are so many available and very much tensed to pick a product since it might have contaminations and might effect my child. I live in India and hence my childs doctor cannot suggest a company. as i understand you were saying Spirulina from Thaiwan is good. Can you suggest me a good spirulina for my child? Thanks is advance.

  3. Omega-3 EPA and DHA Lower Triglycerides 18 – 22%

    A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition concluded that the American Heart Association’s recommended cardioprotective dose of omega-3 fatty acids can lower triglycerides in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) – whether the lipids come in the form of DHA combined with EPA or just DHA alone.

    The study, conducted through Kaiser Permanente Colorado, involved 116 patients with coronary artery disease and triglycerides greater than 200 mg/dL, approximately 90 percent of whom were on statin drugs. The groups of participants were supplemented with DHA alone, or DHA combined with EPA. The aim of the prospective, randomized, double-blind study was to compare DHA to DHA + EPA in patients with CAD and triglycerides greater than 200 mg/dL.

    Subjects were randomized to receive either 1000 mg of DHA or 1252 mg of DHA + EPA for eight weeks. A total of 116 subjects were enrolled; 57 in the DHA group and 59 in the DHA + EPA group. Baseline characteristics were similar between groups. The mean age was 69.4 years and 70.7 percent were male.

    Hypertriglyceridemia is a risk factor for CAD and the American Heart Association recommends 1000 mg of omega-3’s DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) daily for cardioprotection and higher doses for triglyceride-lowering in patients with CAD.

    In the study, triglycerides were lowered an average of 21.8 percent in the DHA group and 18.3 percent in the DHA + EPA group. The difference between groups was not significant, according to the study, and a higher proportion of subjects in the DHA group achieved their triglyceride goal (less than 150 mg/dL) compared to the DHA + EPA group (24.6 percent versus 10.2 percent).

    The study compared Martek’s life’s DHA branded microalgae ingredient with a fish oil that provided a combination of DHA and EPA. Martek said it did not fund or sponsor the study. DHA from microalgae is regarded as an important development in this area, as traditional vegetarian sources of omega-3 such as flaxseed yield shorter chain fatty acids, which lose a portion of their health benefits for humans when they are converted into DHA and EPA by the body.

    DHA and EPA are omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in fish and fish oil. Krill oil is another important source of DHA and EPA.

    Schwellenbach, Lisa J. “The Triglyceride-Lowering Effects of a Modest Dose of Docosahexaenoic Acid Alone Versus in Combination with Low Dose Eicosapentaenoic Acid in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease and Elevated Triglycerides.” Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 2006 Dec; Vol. 25, No. 6, 480-485.

  4. Otakaro says:

    Chlorella supr detox. Thank you. Ota Czech Republick.

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