Edible algae have found their way into our everyday diets and rightly so!
To name the top two, chlorella and spirulina have immune-boosting properties and aid detoxification. With their vivid green and blue colours, both of these superfood algae are visually aesthetic and easy on the stomach as well. They are the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.
What are chlorella and spirulina exactly?
Spirulina and chlorella are freshwater algae that are found in ponds. Both have energising benefits, immune system support, and oxidative stress prevention.
Chlorella is a 2-billion-year-old micro algae - one of the oldest living species. When chlorella is harvested, the tiny cells are sieved from the water with tiny mesh screens, then dried to retain the nutritious value. The insoluble chlorella cell walls are broken down in our chlorella powder. As a result of this procedure, the nutrients in our chlorella powder are easily digestible.
Spirulina has been around for more than 2.4 billion years. spirulina is gathered by capturing the microscopic coiled filaments in the water with a fine mesh screen. After that, it's sieved and sent to a washing pond, where it's hand-washed through a mesh screen to ensure only pure spirulina is processed. This wet spirulina is placed in a drying chamber, which swiftly evaporates all of the moisture while maintaining the high nutrition content, leaving a fine green powder behind.
What are the benefits?
Both chlorella and spirulina are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which assist to maintain normal cholesterol levels in those who eat a plant-based diet and avoid seafood. If you eat a plant-based diet and avoid seafood, both chlorella and spirulina are good providers of omega-3 fatty acids, which assist to balance and maintain appropriate cholesterol levels.
They're also high in complete plant protein, which helps the body create and maintain muscle mass, and iron, which helps the body recharge and combat exhaustion. The same amount of iron is found in 1 tablespoon (15g) of chlorella powder as in 700g of baby spinach!
If you follow a vegan or plant-based diet, it may be challenging to find natural sources of vitamin B12, which is generally found in foods like meat, eggs, and dairy. Our organic cracked-cell chlorella powder is abundant in vitamins B12 and D, which support a healthy immune system. It also includes vitamins A, E, and B2, which help to protect the body from oxidative stress while also boosting immunity.
Spirulina contains naturally occurring vitamins A, B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), iodine, manganese, and calcium. These nutrients aid in the body's battle against oxidative stress, the immune system's fuelling, heart health, and bone strength.
How do I use chlorella and spirulina?
- Take as a concentrated shot
- Add one of the powders into smoothies
- Blend our spirulina powder into a hearty green soup
- Stir chlorella powder into pesto pasta
This was everything you need to know about spirulina and chlorella to include it into your diet!