January 17, 2018 6:55 am Leave your thoughts
At Naturally Good Food, we stock spirulina and chlorella, in both powder and tablet form (and as ingredients in some of our other products, too). We’re always on the lookout for foods that do a great job of providing nutrition and keeping us healthy, and our range of Superfoods and supernutrients simply wouldn’t be complete without these two!
Tell me about spirulina and chlorella
Both spirulina and chlorella are types of safe, edible algae – microscopic freshwater plants. Spirulina, a blue-green algae, grows naturally in lakes in Central Africa and South America. Chlorella, its playground twin, is a single-cell green algae that grows in freshwater pools in China and Japan (it’s in fact, the most common supplement taken by the long-lived Japanese).
The reputed health benefits of each are astounding. Spirulina has vastly more iron than spinach (attention, Popeye!), more protein than any kind of fish or meat (and with no cholesterol), is a concentrated source of essential fatty acids and a supplier of huge amounts of antioxidants. It’s also particularly attractive to vegans, as it offers a way of synthesising vitamin B12 without ingesting any animal products.
Chlorella, meanwhile, also provides a non-animal source of B12 (according to one of our suppliers, more than eight times the daily reference intake of this vitamin), and is likewise high in protein and iron. It’s a great provider of vitamin E, too, and is rich in amino acids, chlorophyll, beta-carotene, magnesium and a host of other phytonutrients.
What do I do with spirulina and chlorella?
You’re unlikely simply to snack on them straight from the jar. In their powdered form, they’re designed to be added to smoothies, milkshakes or other drinks, or baked into energy bars, biscuits and other sweet treats. Here, they provide a great nutritional boost, without anyone noticing they’re even there.
If you’re looking for inspiration, this blog is both helpful and amusing: I Spent A Week Creating Spirulina Recipes That Actually Taste Good.
And if you really feel that you might not like the taste – and don’t want the hassle of incorporating powder into recipes – then simply try the tablets instead!
Tags: chlorella, edible algae, Japanese, seaweed, spirulina, superfoods, supergreens, supernutrients, supplements
This post was written by Yzanne