Algaes are becoming more prevalent in foods and supplements for good reason!
Algae frankly has some of the most magical qualities. Acting as a magnet for toxins in the body, algae is “pond scum” that you want in your life! Start gaining the benefits of this stuff—it’s trending for a reason and you may see it offered in smoothies and even lattes!
Algae can be used as part of natural treatment for various things, such as allergies, yeast issues, and heavy metal detoxification. It is also rich in high-quality vegetarian protein and other nutrients. Part of the magic of algae is the chlorophyll it contains! The chlorophyll helps cleanse the body of toxins—algae is a powerful detoxifier for the body!
The most common types of algae are spirulina and chlorella. I highly recommend both of these types and they are often offered in a combined supplement. This makes it easy to take them every day.
Get an algae supplement that is pure, sticking with companies that are non-GMO, organic, and gluten-free.
It’s a high-nutrient food
Algae surprisingly has a lot of protein—it’s 50% or more protein! This is a food that is packed full of nutrients. As well as protein, algae has potassium, iron, copper, manganese, iodine, calcium, zinc, B vitamins (including B12), phytonutrients, and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA).
Heavy metal detox
Spirulina and chlorella can aid in removing heavy metals from the body! We get exposure to heavy metals in our lives sometimes through foods, water, air, commercial products, and medicines. Heavy metals are a group of 23 elements which, even in low concentrations, can be dangerous. This group includes arsenic, lead, and mercury, just to name a few. A build up of heavy metals in the body can be toxic and lead to poisoning.
Algae helps keep heavy metals from getting into your bloodstream. It does this through the proteins and peptides it contains which are particularly good at binding to heavy metals. Then they are excreted out of the body. In fact, animal studies have been showing that algae is effective at helping remove heavy metals and other harmful compounds from the body!
Natural treatment for allergies
Seasonal hay fever is no fun, but most people don’t know that algae can help! Algae helps because it is strongly anti-inflammatory so it calms the overreactive immune response to allergy triggers that leads to your miserable sympotoms. A study at the University of California, Davis, showed a reduced inflammatory response in study participants who took 2,000 milligrams (two grams) a day of spirulina versus those who took a placebo.
The gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in spirulina may help balance hormones, dissolve fat deposits, reduce bad cholesterol and prevent heart problems. This is part of how algae cleanses the body and can contribute to weight loss, great right?! Chlorella, due to its high level of satiating nutrients, has also been associated with weight loss.
Helps control yeast in the body
Do you have issues with yeast infections, candida, or other fungal infections such as athlete’s foot? Algae works to oxygenate the body’s tissues, partly through its chlorophyll. This acts like a counter-balance to any potential yeast over-growth. Also, just like algae is like a magnet to heavy metals in the body, so it is to candida yeast cells! It attaches to them and can move them out of the body. This can help bring balance to the vaginal area as well as the digestive tract.
How to use spirulina & chlorella
The general recommended amount is one to five grams per day. You can start small and see what works well for your body.
- Spirulina powder can be quickly added to smoothies or smoothie bowls! Or just mix it into water with some lemon or lime juice.
- Spirulina powder can also be used for a super-natural food coloring (making for a great Instagram picture!)—experiment with adding it to different baked and no-bake treats.
- Take spirulina/chlorella tablets as a supplement.
What you’ll need: Algae