Do you really need to eat algae?

Super foods are the new buzz words in natural health, and for good reason. These powerhouse whole foods are nutrient-dense with high quantities of vitamins and minerals that can help to promote wellness and reduce disease. Superfoods can literally help heal our bodies from the inside out. Spirulina and Chlorella are two different types of micro-algae that can each claim the title of super food. Spirulina is a blue/green multi-cell algae, while Chlorella is a green single-cell algae. The two are often combined by those in the know for a synergistic effect. Spirulina is a valuable algae which is rich in proteins, natural iron and amino acids content. While Chlorella is the answer to fighting harmful toxins as a natural detoxifier, also rich in nutrients such as zinc, vitamin B and others. Their long list benefit is impressive.

Well, do you need to add spirulina and chlorella into your daily diet?

YES, if you have a veggie diet. As more people choose gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, whole food or other dietary modifications for health or personal reasons,  algae superfoods meet the bill. They work perfectly for a variety of healthy eating plans and are easy to incorporate into the diet. While spirulina can be enjoyed by meat eaters and vegetarians alike, it is presently the darling of the vegetarian and vegan community, thanks to the fact that it serves as a complete source of protein and offers such a high protein content per ounce  (comprised of up to 72 % protein, beef is less than 25 percent protein, in comparison. ). This superfood is also the perfect vegan source of vitamin B-12, a vitamin that vegans often struggle to consume in adequate quantities. Not only is chlorella  high in protein and B-vitamins, but it’s also a good source of carbohydrates, fiber, chlorophyll, and minerals.

YES, if you are not eating healthy. Spirulina and Chlorella are generally low in calories and high in nutrients – since many Americans today consume too many empty calories, such as sugar, saturated fats, artificial preservatives and processed foods, it is critical to add more superfoods to the diet to reduce inflammation, which can lead to serious illness according to the “Etiology of Crohn's disease: Do certain food additives cause intestinal inflammation by molecular mimicry of mycobacterial lipids?” Medical Hypothesis.

YES, if you are too busy. How to get all the nutrients you need? Let’s take a closer look at chlorella. 3 tablespoons, or 30 grams, of chlorella powder contains 16g of protein, 287% of the daily value (DV) for vitamin A, 271% DV for vitamin B2, 33% DV for vitamin B3, 202% DV for iron, 22% DV for magnesium, and 133% DV for zinc. Chlorella is also a great source of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a proven bacteriostatic which means it kills the harmful bacteria in your body. It also helps fight strep and staph infections, kills bad odors of the breath, fights gum disease, and improves the microbial flora of the digestive tract.  While Chlorella (and Spirulina!l)  won’t replace a healthy diet entirely, it does provide a full round of nutrition and the balance you need for overall wellness.

YES, if you are a fitness fan. Spirulina contains all eight essential amino acids and 18 total amino acids, so it is a rare complete protein source. According to U.S. News and World Report, “eating foods like spirulina may help your body become a lean, mean protein machine. Because it takes more energy to metabolize, eating protein helps maintain lean tissue and burn more fat. The algae can also curb hunger, stopping those food cravings in their tracks.

YES, if you are trying to lose weight. Spirulina and Chlorella are the best known source of GLA -  gamma linolenic acid, the important fatty acid that is often deficient. GLA has a specific effect on the endocrine system, helping restore hormone health and normalise insulin activity, so blood sugar levels stabilise and cravings reduce. Then, both micro-algae contain the amino acid - phenylalanine, a natural appetite suppressant active in the appetite control center of the brain, which triggers the sensation of fullness.