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Chlorella Cracking?

I have recently begun looking at algae as a dietary supplement and I would like to grow it on my own.  I am aware that spirulina doesn't require cell cracking; however I already have a high protein diet and I prefer chlorella.  Chlorella's cell wall is indigestable and this prevents our bodies from getting any more than 40% of the nutrients.  I would like to know if that figure sounds right.  The biggest problem I see with growing my own Chlorella is cracking it.  I wondered about pulverizing it in a blender or using the hot to cold method, but it seems all methods other than ultrasonic waves will destroy most of the nutrients.  Is it still better to use one of these methods to get the nutrients out, or would it be best to go uncracked.  Or is there a practical way to use the sound to do it.

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Drake4116 months ago

I like shomas's answer. A freeze dryer with a vacuum pump would create the conditions that he mentions. I recently watched a youtube video by Cody of Cody's lab where he demonstrates his freeze dryer based vacuum chamber. "freezing water at room temperature". After that ; take the dried product and put it in a ball mill. Practically just air drying it raked out in the sun on a clean surface and then ball milling it would likely suffice. Have you had any success in cultivating it? If it grows as well as its reputation it would be useful for non-food applications like a soil additive or a fuel.

shomas2 years ago

I have wondered if a partial vacuum would cause water to boil at cool temperatures inside the cell, and hopefully rupture and or dry it in the process.

It doesn’t matter what you do, you will never get 100%.

Also the effort to try ends up being more costly than the gain you do achieve.

Enzymes that help you break down and digest the plant structure as well as the complex carbohydrates and proteins like Alpha-galactosidase work best.

The addition of foods rich in natural enzymes to aid in digesting the algae is the best rout in my opinion.

It is also why many new vegans experience health issues they miss complementary enzymes and proteins in their diet.

Joe
Kiteman3 years ago
Freezing ruptures cell walls in the majority of plants.

However, the cell wall of Chlorella is chemically identical to that of any other plant, so should present no more of a challenge to your body than any other algae.
jj.inc (author)  Kiteman3 years ago
Chlorella has a very thick cell wall and is similar to grape skin or corn, both of which are indigestible. The major problem with this is that unlike grapes and corn, the entire mass of algae is actually surrounded by this thick wall. Its like eating wood. Spirulina on the other hand doesn't have a cell wall, its actually a cyanobacteria which is why it is so easily digestible. I hope freezing is substantial and doesn't cause too much nutrient damage I imagine a microscope could provide reasonable answers on the results. Thanks!