Superfood Spotlight: Spirulina & Chlorella

Thank you guys for your feedback on my latest superfood post on the power of maca. I wanted to highlight another superfood combination that I have been adding to my smoothies: SPIRULINA and CHLORELLA!

So, what the heck is it?

In simple terms, spirulina is a combination of blue-green algae that thrives in warm, fresh bodies of water. It is a nutrient rich superfood that can withstand even the most extreme temperature fluctuations – doesn’t matter if it’s too hot, or too cold. Spirulina can easily adapt, which makes it great in both smoothies or baked goods.

On the other hand, chlorella is also another form of algae. However, the biggest difference is that chlorella is closer to being an actual plant than spirulina due to the harder cell walls. Chlorella is a great way to help detoxify your body as it can help remove heavy metals in the body, whereas spirulina is not so strong in this category since it does not have a cell membrane.

That being said, they have tons of similar health benefits since they are both part of the algae family. Let’s get into the benefits:

Soothes inflammation in your gut: Spirulina can help encourage the growth of good-gut bacteria which can help keep candida overgrowth under control.

Helps bring your cholesterol into balance: Instead of taking medication that contains a slew of hard-to-prounce ingredients, try adding spirulina and chlorella into your diet. It is a natural way to lower your cholesterol levels.

Vegetarians and vegans take note: Spirulina and chlorella contains protein! I’m sure you already knew that though ; )  Compared to beef, spirulina alone is 65-70% complete protein, and is an excellent source of amino acids (the building blocks of protein) and is easily absorbed into your body. On the other hand, chlorella contains 16grams of protein in 3 tablespoons. In fact, chlorella is more nutrient dense per gram than greens like broccoli, kale, and spinach. Hey, there’s a good reason to have a smoothie!

Promotes weight loss by revving up the metabolism, regulating hormones, promotes energy levels, and improving circulation. Chlorella in particular is able to flush the toxins from our body as it helps facilitate elimination. You know, makes you poop.

So, how do you take it?

You can also find spirulina and chlorella in tablet/pill form. For me, I like the powder because it is more versatile and I can add it into my smoothies, but for those who are looking to supplement their diet daily with the superfood and do not want to have a smoothie every day, a tablet would probably work best. Of course, consult your doctor or naturopath before adding it into your regime, especially if you are on other medications.

How do I know what to buy?

It is best to find a reputable and organic source for your spirulina and chlorella. Since it is not regulated in the way that organic farms or organic facilities are, you have to be careful that you are not purchasing a product that is non-organic and is in fact tainted with heavy metals. Go organic – it is worth it!  I have a blend of the two in powder form that I got at my local health food store.

If you are a fan of spirulina and chlorella, how do you like to use it? I’d love to know!

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