Spirulina and Chlorella, the lesser known, supermarket shelf heroes

[Global] Spirulina and Chlorella are freshwater microalgae that pack a mean punch when it comes to health benefits, two of many lesser known superfoods.

Three grams of Spirulina alone have shown to contain 60 % of one’s daily needed protein, 280 % more antioxidants than consuming blueberries, 3900 % more iron than spinach, and 2800 % more beta-carotene than carrots.

Chlorella is a good alternative to spirulina if you’re seeking a higher amount of nucleic acids, as it has twice the amount. These nucleic acids are important contributors for our DNA and RNA production.

Another added bonus of this algae is that it reproduces eight times a day which makes it highly sustainable and reliable source of nutrition.

Additionally, both Chlorella and Spirulina have been praised by nutritionists and health food gurus alike for their amazing properties such as their ability to detoxify heavy metals and their ability to support the immune system and fight cancer. They also decrease appetite and lower blood sugar and cholesterol through the pigment phycocyanin which “reverses endothelial dysfunction in metabolic syndrome.”

In fact, Spirulina has been used by the World Health Organization as a supplement for malnourished children due to its ability to counteract vitamin A deficiencies with one gram. The supplement has also been given to patients who suffered from chronic arsenic poisoning – a study showing a 47 percent decrease in arsenic in participants’ bodies when 250 milligrams of the extract were taken in combination of two milligrams of zinc twice a day.

The important thing to keep in mind when choosing the correct Chlorella supplement is to purchase ones with a “cracked cell wall.” Research has proven that these are far more beneficial to the user because they are more easily absorbed.

You can enjoy your Chlorella and Spirulina in two different ways. You can either purchase them in tablet form, or as a powder to mix with water. Regardless of whichever method you decide, they are equally effective in their nutritional value.

 

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