The Coming Up Of Science on Algae
Algae may not be familiar to you but it is certainly famous in the scientific, nutrition and functional medicine world. There are almost 100,000 studies researching the health benefits of algae to humans. But until the COVID-19 crisis and the urgent need for more natural solutions like algae, most of these studies never made it out of the scientific community and into the general consumer world.
You may be thinking to yourself as you are reading this “Should we not be getting our source of omega 3 fatty acids from fish?”. The answer is simple. What do fish eat? Algae! I always had a hard time trusting fish oil longevity, questioning where they were sourced from, not to mention disliking that fishy after taste. Algae, being a plant food, is the ideal source for vegans!
All the protein in spirulina is already in the amino acid form. Both spirulina (and chlorella) contain eighteen of the twenty amino acids, including all nine aminos the body can’t produce (essential amino acids), making it a complete protein. Equally important, the aminos in spirulina are unstructured so they are instantly and easily absorbed. This compares to animal protein which can take up to 3 days to be digested and absorbed as aminos. You usually end up absorbing only 10%, unlike spirulina which is 99% bioavailable.
Spirulina also boasts more beta carotene than carrots, more iron than spinach, and more antioxidants than blueberries. No wonder it’s considered “efficient nutrition.”
Chlorella, a green algae, is world recognized for its medicinal properties and its ability to remove heavy metals like mercury, lead, and radiation out of the body. Chlorella also has the highest concentration of chlorophyll in the world (200 x more chlorophyll than spinach and even more than liquid chlorophyll).
Chlorophyll is the green pigment in plants and its chemical composition is virtually identical to hemoglobin (red blood cells). If that isn’t the biggest clue as to how important chlorophyll is, we don’t know what is! Chlorella algae has the highest concentration of chlorophyll in the world.
Chlorophyll is extremely essential for a strong immune system, cleansing your body and helping to reduce or prevent chronic disease During the 2nd world war when they ran out of blood for blood transfusions, the injured were given liquid chlorophyll and they healed just as fast! Chlorella is also a rare source of Vitamins B2, B12 and K2, all which are easily absorbed in the body.
Where and why to get the best quality algae.
If you are interested in being healthy and/or competing, you want to put ONLY the highest quality food in your body. The spirulina and chlorella I am referring are NON GMO, grown organically and 100% PURE. There is nothing added and nothing subtracted to this algae. It is pure,100% algae. Many other spirulina and chlorella companies put “fillers” in their algae. Just like beef, there are different “grades” of spirulina and chlorella. The “lower quality” grades have fewer nutrients, lower concentration of protein, and less potency.
The country of origin where spirulina and chlorella are grown is very important. For example, many suppliers of spirulina in China have been found to falsify their paper work and claims about being organic.
Be careful about buying spirulina or chlorella that was grown in Japan due to the ongoing radiation problems from the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Spirulina and chlorella are grown hydroponically (in water) so any radiation could potentially be in the Japanese water in small doses.
The algae that I have been using for myself and my clients is grown in Taiwan. Taiwan is considered to be the gold standard for growing the highest quality algae. It has been growing algae for over 40 years and has been awarded all the global certifications to ensure they maintain the highest quality control (GMP and ISO9000).