Chlorella helps children grow
In 1966, Japan completed the Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) human development experiment targeting 1347 school children, and announced that Chlorella as a whole food would help children grow and develop. In the experiment, 676 children in the first, third, and fifth grades were given 30 milligrams (mg) of chlorella daily for 100 days. In addition, 671 children were selected as the control group without chlorella. As a result, height, weight, chest circumference, arm circumference, grip strength, and physical muscle strength have increased to varying degrees; the results of all grades are better than those of students who did not take chlorella. This experiment strongly illustrates the auxiliary role of chlorella in the development and growth of children.
Chlorella is a superfood for complete nutritional supplements. It is rich in protein, 18 kinds of amino acids, fiber, beta carotene, vitamins C, E, K and all B vitamins. The minerals in chlorella include calcium, iron, Phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and trace amounts of manganese and zinc also include folate, lutein, etc., which are essential for women. The chlorophyll content is the highest among green plants in the world. Its carotene is 100 times that of ordinary plants. Carotene can be converted into vitamin A in the body. The liver is the main place to store vitamin A. The amount of vitamin A that the liver can store in childhood is very low, which can be as low as one-tenth of that of adults. The requirement of vitamin A is directly proportional to growth. There is evidence that infants and young children are the age group prone to deficiencies. Vitamin A, like most vitamins, cannot be synthesized in the human body and must be obtained from food. Therefore, it is necessary for children to eat foods rich in vitamin A or carotene frequently. Chlorella is very suitable as an additive of children's food to provide high-quality carotene.
Carotene can promote the growth and bone development of young children, and its mechanism may be to promote protein biosynthesis and bone cell differentiation. When vitamin A is deficient, the bone becomes thicker, the bone cavity becomes smaller, and the excessive proliferation and thickening of the skull will interfere with other cranial nerves and the thickening of the spine. Making the nerve foramen of the spine smaller, thereby compressing the spinal nerves. Therefore, vitamin A or carotene is very helpful for children's rapidly growing bones. Vitamin A deficiency is more common in children aged 2-5. Although it can occur in both adults and children, it is actually difficult to create a deficiency model in adult animals. Children with malnutrition are sometimes difficult to find its deficiency because of slow growth. The demand for vitamin A will be relatively reduced. In this case, it is very necessary to give complete nutrient food. Chlorella is a whole food with complete nutrients.
Iron is not only the raw material for the synthesis of hemoglobin, but also an indispensable ingredient for many biochemical metabolism and cytochromes. Iron participates in cell respiration oxidative phosphorylation (more than half of the enzymes participating in the tricarboxylic acid cycle are iron-containing enzymes and iron-dependent enzymes), porphyrin metabolism, collagen synthesis, nucleic acid, amino acid metabolism and mitosis. Therefore, iron deficiency affects children’s health. In addition to iron deficiency anemia, it also damages the following organ functions:
1. Effects on the nervous system: The brain is extremely sensitive to iron deficiency, which can lead to low IQ, lack of interest in the surrounding things, poor reaction, irritability, and inattention and hyperactivity of school children in class. These symptoms can appear in the stage of iron deficiency with features of anemia. Some research data indicate that it is related to the decrease in the activity of iron-containing monoamine oxidase due to iron deficiency, and it is significantly improved after iron treatment.
2. Effects on muscle function, skin and mucous membranes: Experiments have shown that the a-glycerol phosphorylase (iron-containing enzyme) abnormality in the mitochondria of skeletal muscle cells is the main reason for the decline of muscle function. Children show decreased endurance and fatigue. Isotopes confirm that iron is related to the renewal of epithelial cells. When iron is deficient, nails become brittle, easy to crack, longitudinally wrinkled, thinned, flat, or spoon-shaped reverse nails. In addition, glossitis, angular cheilitis, and lower pharynx may occur chronic inflammation of the epithelium and its loose connective tissue at the junction with the esophagus causes difficulty during swallowing.
3. Impact on the digestive system: changes in gastric mucosal atrophy, decreased amylase, trypsin, lipase, and decreased gastric acid secretion, causing decreased appetite in children, and pica due to abnormal taste. The decrease of secretory IgA reduces the barrier function of the digestive tract, and children are susceptible to digestive tract infections.
4. Impact on disease resistance: It is known that the lobulated nucleus granulocytes (PMN) breathe during the phagocytic activity, and burst out to produce a series of reactive oxygen species, which have the function of killing pathogens. Studies have shown that the reactive oxygen species are reduced when the PMN respiration bursts during iron deficiency. After iron treatment, it can quickly return to normal.
Calcium is also meaningful to children. 99% of the body's calcium is in the bones, which is the most fundamental pillar of the human body. The growth and development of bones in children and adolescents is very rapid, with an average daily increase of 0.25mm bone dry weight, and an average daily weight gain of 1.2g. Calcium caused by skeletal development in childhood remains in the first 10 years of life, within 150mg per day, and in the range of 275-500mg. Adolescents need 2-4 times more calcium than adults. Therefore, the daily supply of children around 10 years old should be around 1000mg. Thus, enough calcium should be supplied from childhood to meet their normal growth and development needs. Chlorella contains 433mg/100g of calcium, which can supplement calcium deficiency.
In short, the nutritional quality of the fetus and infants will affect the development of children's intelligence and physical fitness throughout the life. The so-called congenital deficiency is the lack of early nutrition. In Japan, the country of longevity, chlorella is not only a "special product" for the elderly or patients, but also long-term used by young and middle-aged people who are aware of disease prevention and health maintenance, and even pregnant women. In response to the social problem of the general decline in students' physical fitness, some schools will provide students with nutritious meals while also letting them take a certain amount of chlorella, 2-3 grams per day to ensure their healthy growth. This approach is supported by scientific research results. Researchers have done such an experiment: select two groups of students in group A and group B, and ask the students in group A to take a certain amount of chlorella every day, while students in group B do not take it. Physical test after one year showed that the overall physical fitness of the students in group A is significantly better than that of group B.