Chlorella and Spirulina are two of the superfoods around which are believed to be the most complete food source, the 'perfect food' for humans and even animals.
They are the popular cultivated algae produced commercially for the health conscious market today. They are available in these forms: tablet, capsule, powder, or flakes. Some individuals choose the tablet or capsule form as it is more convenient to take on the go. Others prefer mixing the powder in a refreshing drink that they get to enjoy everyday. The flake form is getting some buzz with its melt-in-your-mouth experience, great to eat on its own or as a topping to your favorite salad. Your adorable fish loves it so why would not you? Whatever form you choose though, you will be assured of the remarkable positive healing effects of these organisms.
Chlorella (green algae) can give you 40 percent protein while Spirulina (blue green algae) can provide up 70 percent. The protein quality of both Chlorella and Spirulina are far superior to other plants and animals because they contain all eight essential amino acids. You can add to the nutritional facts that both these algae are also great sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in their natural form.
Cancer causing diseases is so much prevalent in our society so it is good to know that the blue pigment in spirulina which is called 'phycocyanin' has been proven to inhibit cancer-colony formation. If cancer cells are killed by our immune system before they form colonies, they would not have a fighting chance to develop into cancer tumors.
Chlorella is comprised of fibrous materials which actually bind with heavy metals (mercury, lead, and arsenic), pesticides, and other environmental toxins that we get from the food that we eat. You would even be surprised that chlorella contains far more calcium than your average milk drink.
If you are on a high protein and low carbohydrates diet, chlorella and spirulina would be of great help to you. They have the power to regulate your blood sugar and reduce your cravings for carbohydrates. You would have more energy to accomplish your daily tasks without the need to grab a sugary snack in between meals.
Chlorella and Spirulina also promote a better digestive system. So even if your goal is to gain or lose weight, these superfoods will revitalize your metabolism and improve your overall health condition.
While there are no official guidelines for the recommended daily dose for Chlorella and Spirulina at this time, most health experts suggest 3,000 mg per day as a preventive and healthy dose. Some do advice a 1:2 ratio wherein if you are taking 3,000 mg Chlorella, then you can take 6,000 mg of Spirulina in order to receive their optimum health benefits. It is best to consult your physician first on how much your body requires as the appropriate dosage could depend on your health condition and weight.
Green is definitely in because of Chlorella and Spirulina. Interest in the green food supplements are steadily rising as people are given more opportunity to have a glimpse of their powerful health benefits.
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