Chlorella and spirulina are whole, natural foods grown commercially in huge algae ponds usually located in hot tropical climates. They may be the most nutritious foods that exist
and are thought to contain every nutrient required by the human body, in
Because they're whole foods, the nutrients they contain are easily and completely absorbed. This makes spirulina and chlorella more beneficial than isolated supplements or multivitamins. These green superfoods can replace many individual supplements, while also giving you the benefits of a whole food.
I would consider 6-9 servings of fresh vegetables every day a minimum recommended amount — but most
people don't get anywhere near these many servings consistently. However, just one tablespoon of spirulina or chlorella can give you equal nutritional value, maybe even more.
Chlorella and spirulina's unique preventive-health benefits are due to their significant amounts of polysaccharides, antioxidants, nucleic acids, and peptides. They're also rich in essential fatty acids, B vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc.
Spirulina and chlorella are the world's richest source of chlorophyll, which makes them great detoxifiers. Chlorophyll is well-known for its ability to break down and eliminate toxins and heavy metals such as DDT, PCBs, mercury, cadmium, and lead.
Ensure a Healthy Alkaline Balance. Western diets tend to be highly acidic, due to the emphasis on foods like grains and animal proteins. These acidic foods can be effectively balanced by the natural alkalinity of chlorella and spirulina.
Rich in Essential Fatty Acids. Spirulina and Chlorella are good sources of gamma linolenic acid (GLA), an omega 6 fatty acid which is lacking in many diets. GLA is known for regulating blood sugar and providing important nutrients to the brain. It also has anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties that add to the nutritional benefits.
Best Vegan Sources of Vitamin B-12. A teaspoon of spirulina supplies 150 percent of the Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin B12 and contains over twice the amount than is found in an equivalent serving of liver.
Excellent Sources of Easily-Digestable Protein. Spirulina contains twelve times more digestible protein than beef, ounce-for-ounce. The protein in both of these foods is of the highest quality and biologically complete, which means they contain all eight essential amino acids in the proper ratios.
Other Beneficial Properties. Chlorella stimulates the growth of friendly bacteria in your gut by as much as four times the normal rate. Improving your intestinal flora is an important factor in helping your immune system resist disease.
Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), a nutrient unique to chlorella, which boosts the immune system and helps in preventing cancer. CGF also helps repair nerve tissues throughout the body and is excellent for treating degenerative brain and nerve disorders. Chlorella Growth Factor offers many of the antiaging benefits found in natural human growth hormones.
As you can see, both spirulina and chlorella offer a wealth of health benefits, many of which they share. This isn’t an argument about recommending one over the other. It’s a combination of the two that’s really going to be of the most benefit.
If you don't eat dark green, leafy vegetables every day, chlorella and spirulina can make up for it — and then some. They both contain concentrated, easy-assimilated nutritional benefits not found in any other food. Each one also has its own unique benefits as well as the ones they have in common.
You'll only need 3-4 grams (about 1 teaspoon) or more every day to get the full benefits they offer. Since they're whole foods, you can't really get too much.
Just one teaspoon
of chlorella or spirulina powder
has the nutritional value of several servings
of dark green leafy vegetables!
My favorite method to guarantee that I get plenty of spirulina and chlorella is to blend these two green superfoods into a smoothie every morning. My basic recipe uses coconut milk, a banana, two raw organic eggs or protein powder, and a tablespoon of spirulina and/or chlorella combined in a blender.
Bananas blend well with chlorella, and mask the bitterness very well — just make sure you use very ripe ones. You can add more ingredients to flavor the smoothie to your liking.
Superfoods can turn your ordinary smoothie into a nutrient-dense meal with the antioxidant benefits of 6 or more servings of fruits and vegetables in one large glass — more than your entire minimum daily requirement!
If you're not making smoothies yet, they're easily the best way to make a quick and amazingly-healthy meal without having to cook!
You can discover
How to make a smoothies the healthy way
elsewhere on this website.
Most manufacturers of spirulina and chlorella are going to give you a quality product; I have two that I can recommend — they're the ones I personally use. Find out more about them on my pages on the Benefits of Chlorella and the Benefits of Spirulina.
You can find many other green superfood products, most of which blend spirulina and/or chlorella with other greens like wheat grass, alfalfa and barley grass and numerous other antioxidant superfoods.
I personally prefer straight chlorella and spirulina for their unsurpassed nutritional content, but their taste is too bitter for some people. Products that blend them together with other superfood powders generally have a better taste, and may be more to your liking.
Discover more about them at my page on
Green Superfood Powders
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