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Aquatic Superfoods: Spirulina and Chlorella

August 24, 2018

When you hear the word algae, what comes to mind? Probably that green stuff on the side of fish tanks and ponds, right?

 For us, the word superfood comes to mind. In particular, we think of spirulina and chlorella, two nutrient-dense, bioavailable superfoods that we’ve packed into Just Add Water™.

 What makes spirulina and chlorella superfoods? They are loaded with essential nutrients like protein, amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants, providing them with tons of nutritional and even medicinal benefits.

 Despite being called blue-green algae, spirulina is a type of cyanobacteria. That just means that they exist as microscopic single-cell organisms, though sometimes they form colonies that are visible to the naked eye.

 Spirulina contains a powerful antioxidant called phycocyanin that’s studied and used in medicine to protect against brain damage, to protect against liver toxins, and even to help stop cancerous cells from growing. As a food source, dried spirulina powder is packed with protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, copper and iron. Studies show that it may help improve cholesterol levels, reduce high blood pressure, alleviate allergies, and even help stabilize blood sugar levels.

 Chlorella is a type of true algae; they’re a bit more evolved than cyanobacteria on a cellular level. Like spirulina, chlorella is a great source of protein, iron, and antioxidants. Chlorella also contains a bigger variety of antioxidants, including chlorophyll, vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein. Recent studies show that chlorella may help the body get rid of toxins more efficiently, improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and reduce complications of chronic diseases.

 As our bodies are constantly fighting oxidative damages and inflammation, these dense, potent, nutrient-packed algae are perfect supplements to a healthy diet, especially when you’re busy and on-the-go!

 

Have you tried adding spirulina or chlorella powder to smoothies before?

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