What is Algae?

  • Spirulina is an energizing and nourishing algae.
  • Spirulina’s high protein (3 x steak), high antioxidants, Omega-3, forty vitamins and minerals help improve hunger, energy, focus, beauty and nutrition.
  • This keto, plant-based food can replace supplements, snacks, protein and sports fuel.

What is Chlorella?

  • Chlorella is a health and wellness algae.
  • Chlorella’s high chlorophyll (1,000 x greens), high RNA/DNA, high fiber, forty vitamins and minerals remove toxins and help improve immune health, gut health, longevity, and sports recovery.
  • This keto, plant-based food can replace veggies/greens and supplements.

What is the History of Chlorella?

  • Chlorella is quickly becoming well known (along with spirulina) as one of the world’s healthiest foods.
  • With so many reasons to take it, including detox, immune support, and better athletic performance, chlorella will soon be in green smoothies across the country!
  • While the issues concerning our agriculture and environment seem to be growing more alarming, there is one simple way to help your body in its battle with toxins – chlorella algae.

What are the Differences Between Spirulina and Chlorella?

  • The two most studied and promising types of algae for human consumption are spirulina and chlorella.
  • While they are often mentioned in the same breath, what they do in your body is night and day.
  • Spirulina is particularly good for energy because it has no cell wall. It takes little time to digest, making it an instant source of vitamins and protein.
  • Chlorella, on the other hand, has one of the strongest cell walls in the plant kingdom. It digests very slowly, allowing its high chlorophyll content detoxify your body.

What are FOUR Amazing Health Benefits of Spirulina?

  • Since spirulina is so nutrient-dense, many of its nutrients are in higher quantities per gram than most foods.
  • We could go on and on about the health benefits of spirulina’s high concentrations of amino acids and micronutrients like Tryptophan, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), and Iron but…

1. Better Physical Performance

There’s a physical trait that everyone shares. Whether you’re an Olympic athlete or a once-per-year gym goer, we all have limits to how far we can push our bodies. Eventually, your muscles are simply too damaged to continue to function. Research shows that spirulina supplementation reduces muscle fatigue and postpones the point of exhaustion. [5]

Spirulina was also found to increase fat loss in healthy adults. Taking a 6-gram dose of spirulina prior to moderate cardio decreased oxidative damage, decreased glucose oxidation, and increased the amount of fat being burned for fuel. [6]

2. Improves Memory

Along with preventing oxidative damage in the muscles, spirulina can also prevent oxidative damage in the brain. One study found that spirulina reduced the levels of a harmful protein in the brain, suggesting that spirulina supplementation can help prevent memory loss. [7]

Another study found that spirulina reduced neurotoxicity and inflammation in the brain. Inflammation is a major contributor to several major neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, on which this study focused. [8]

3. Improves Obesity Biomarkers

Multiple double-blind studies demonstrate spirulina’s ability to improve health markers in obese patients. These studies range from supplementing 2 grams to 8.4 grams of spirulina for anywhere from 4 to 18 weeks.

Common among them was that the researchers in all studies found statistically significant reductions body mass, body mass index (BMI) waist circumference. They recorded lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, higher antioxidant levels, and better insulin sensitivity. [9]

Some studies show that spirulina is a potent remedy for cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis (plaque build up in arteries) and endothelial dysfunction (poor circulation). [8] [10] This research indicates that spirulina is a promising alternative to risky weight management drugs for people struggling with obesity.

Spirulina has also been used in part as a treatment for hypoglycemia. Research shows that spirulina can reduce blood glucose and lipid profiles while preventing metabolic issues associated with excessive fructose. [10]

4. Reduces Heavy Metal Levels

The state of our environment is not ideal. It’s a difficult reality, but the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat all contain unnaturally high levels of harmful substances. Pollution in our daily lives makes supporting your body’s detox efforts vital.

Arsenic is a heavy metal, a carcinogen, and a literal poison. It is lethal at 70mg but can slowly deteriorate human health at much lower levels. Spirulina has been shown to reduce arsenic levels in humans. 250mg of spirulina along with 2mg of zinc two times a day for 16 weeks was an effective treatment for chronic arsenic poisoning. [11]

Ways to Take Spirulina

  • You can certainly chew spirulina. You can even add it to smoothies or salads.
  • But here’s the thing – for many people, when something healthy doesn’t taste like candy, they stop eating it.
  • If that sounds like you, you’re going to want to buy spirulina tablets instead of powder.
  • That way, it’s easier to swallow without getting too much “green” taste. It’s also important to know the size of the tablets you buy.
  • Many companies use 500mg and all the way up to 1-gram tablets!
  • We recommend 250mg tablets. They are much easier to swallow – especially if you want to give them to children.

Lastly, be sure not to cook with spirulina.

Salads and smoothies are fine!

Studies show that excessive heat eliminates some of its nutrition.

Keeping your spirulina in the refrigerator can help maintain the flavor, but you don’t have to worry about leaving it at room temperature – even on an especially hot day.  Read the rest here




Episode #185: Improve Health, Energy, and Vitality with Algae | The WHOLE Tri-Athlete Podcast by Debbie Potts