Healthy eating Daniela Seabra

Algae - Have you tried these super foods?

There are foods that are good for us, and there are others considered as super-foods given the benefits they can give us - chlorella and spirulina are examples.

These are single-celled organisms and are therefore invisible to the naked eye. Only the large colonies that form in water are visible. 
Both have different nutritional benefits and different benefits for our health:
- they have a considerable protein content,
- and a high amount of chlorophyll and various vitamins and minerals.

In addition to the nutritional benefits some other different beneficial effects to our health were already revealed. Some say that we should join both algae to win even more advantages. Let's learn more about these two super foods.


Spirulina
Chlorella



Spirulina

Despite being called algae, it is not a true algae, but a cyanobacteria or Blue-algae. It is a bacterium a little different from others as it has chlorophyll and uses the sun as an energy source, such as plants and "true algae". Other cyanobacteria can be toxic, it is not at all the case with spirulina.

Although both possess a high amount of proteins, spirulina has more than chlorella. Spirulina has about 60- 70% of its dry weight in high bioavailability proteins having all the essential amino acids, still being very easy to digest.
Unfortunately, as usually we eat small quantities, this protein intake may not be considered enough. But its vitamin B12 content have a high interest, especially for vegetarians.

Large spirulina advantages are also its high richness in carotenoids, particularly in phycocyanin - the phytonutrient that gives them the blue color and has revealed important antioxidant capabilities and different beneficial effects on our body, namely improvement of the immune system, improved cholesterol levels and decreased oxidative stress.
Spirulina is also rich in other important antioxidant called superoxide dismutase and has considerable amounts of GLA, a fatty acid with different beneficial effects.

Its taste can be considered by many as a disadvantage because its strong algae flavor is difficult to disguise ... whether you like it or not. You should also be careful with its origin as spirulina coming from contaminated water may have part of these contaminants.
Given its richness in vitamin K, who does anticoagulant medicines should take precautions.


Chlorella
 
This algae is also very rich from a nutritional point of view, and despite having a lower protein content than spirulina, has an amazing ability to join heavy metals and other environmental toxins, including dioxins and some pesticides.
It is therefore used in many detoxifying diets, mainly on the gastrointestinal tract, but also systemically. It reveals even capacity of improving the lipid profile.

Its nutritional and detoxifying wealth only reveals itself when it breaks its outer membrane, something impossible to do by our gastrointestinal enzymes. Thus, the best way to consume chlorella is through supplements (powder or tablet) in which the membrane was previously ruptured, otherwise the chlorella we consume will enter and exit the gastrointestinal tract without being beneficial.
We should be careful about the origin of Chlorella that we are consuming because this algae

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