Chlorella -- good for you or waste of money?

A couple of years ago, I worked on an infomercial for a product called Chlorella. (Hey, back off the infomercial stuff – there was an actor’s strike going on which affected the rest of us in the tv industry and I needed the work! But yes, I hate them too.)

Anyway, this particular brand is called Sun Chlorella, and they claim their manufacturing process is very different than the other brands. Most brands apparently use pressure to break down the plant’s cellular walls while they use a heat system. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Whatever.

So the reputation of this stuff is that it’s the greenest stuff on earth, and is full of healhy algae like stuff, antioxidants, etc.

Knowing how lax the FDA is on making these companies prove their claims, is there any reliable data out there on chlorella in general, and any brands in particular? Does the stuff really work remotely as advertised?

Any scientific data would be appreciated.

Chlorella has been endored by Maj. Ed Dames. If you don’t know who he is, he’s a con artist who’s credited with creating Remote Viewing. As far as I’m concerned, if a huckster like Dames thinks it’s good for you, then it’s probably wothless.

From what I understand, a healthy normal diet provides everything that blue-green algae provides minus the excess of genetic material, the consumption of which which have been shown to promote dna and rna mutations.
There’s some hype floating around out there about how blue-green algae could provide nutrition to people in third-world countries. Strictly speaking I suppose this is true, but no one should live off the stuff. You’d do better to export real food to people than blue-green algae.
And as a supplement, I suppose it would help you if you don’t have a good nutritional diet, but its not going to work any better than regular vitamins.
I suppose if you’re picky about his sort of thing, the fact that its a “natural” supplement has some appeal.

Here’s a page with some info. Scroll down for a Nutrition Facts label.

Thanks to both of you for the info!