What is Chlorella & Spirulina?

Two new age foods which contain high concentrations of whole food nutrients are the single-celled microalgae Chlorella and Spirulina. They are accepted as functional foods, which are defined as products derived from natural sources, whose consumption is likely to benefit human health and enhance performance. These foods are used as a supplement / ingredient or as a complete food to enhance the performance and state of the human body, or improve a specific bodily function. Functional foods are used mainly as products to nourish the human body after physical exertion or as a preventive measure against ailments.

There are a lot of simple foods out there, which a lot of people turn to mainly as a source of convenience such as fast food and microwavable meals. However, because of the chemical process in which these meals go through, among a lot of other harmful things to the body, they also become very acidic. Your bodies PH level needs to be at a healthy stage between acids and alkalines to maintain good health, to which the processed foods can decrease your PH level, therefore making the body more prone to developing diseases and illnesses. Nevertheless, alkalines counteract the acids to which Chlorella and Spirulina are a great natural alkaline in which your body appreciates.

Chlorella & Spirulina are both plants that grow in fresh water and are microscopic forms of algae, not the kinds of algae you can find on the side of a fish tank, but it is actually grown and harvested in large ponds and they are not chemically altered in any way. Therefore, they can be easily put into a powder, tablet or capsule form full of goodness for the body.

In association with nutrients, Chlorella and Spirulina are rich in vitamins, macro-minerals, trace minerals, essential fatty acids, protein, nucleic acids and chlorophyll. So these are both full of nutrients in which the body needs and loves to maintain a good healthy lifestyle, and because they are raw foods with no chemical process added to them, they are jam packed with goodness and your body quickly absorbs all of the nutrients straight away. They are believed to contain all the nutrients needed by the body and contain the highest amount of protein per 100 grams of any known foods, which may come as a surprise. A lot of people believe that a good steak or chicken breast is needed to help rebuild muscle and get that ‘hench’ look, but Chlorella & Spirulina are also an excellent source of protein. 

Health benefits of Chlorella & Spirulina;

²  They are both a great source of protein and contain zero refined carbohydrates, so provide a stable form of energy – Refined carbohydrates come in the form of breads and pasta to name a few, which are much more difficult for the body to break down and absorb the nutrients.

²  They are rich in minerals so can help to cure mineral deficiencies which the majority of people have unknowingly if they eat a westernised diet – Some fruit and vegetables that are sold, people think are doing the best for them, but they may have been depleted of their full amount of nutrients and minerals as the farms are now being over farmed with a lot of pesticides and additives being used to meet supply and demand from supermarkets.

²  They are also rich in the essential fatty acids which are also commonly deficient in a westernised diet and when increased the diet can help with cardiovascular problems.

²  Rich in Chlorophyll – This helps the body to detox and supports the function of the liver, and clean out the intestines.

²  Helps to support the immune system due to their high content of vitamin C and other vital vitamins.

²  They can help to regulate the bowel function and help ease constipation – This is mainly caused from Chlorella due to its level of chlorophyll.

²  They help with digestion and protect from disease – They help with intestinal function by creating a good environment for friendly bacteria.

²  Treat people with diabetes – they provide the body with the essential nutrients it needs and provide a good source of energy that does not interfere with levels of insulin production.

²  Aids the body in processing more oxygen – The oxygen process is important as it enables the body to take more oxygen in.

²  Cleanses key elimination systems like your bowel, liver and blood – These areas of the internal system are very hard to detox and Chlorella assists with this process.

²  Helps purify your blood and clean away toxins.

²  Aids you in promoting optimal blood pressure.

²  Helps neutralise bad air you might breathe in – Bad air is simply polluted air because of this toxic world we live in, so Chlorella simply helps your body counteract any unwanted toxins.

Chlorella and Spirulina are both relatively unknown to a lot of people in relation to health and fitness supplements, my reasoning being is that they are produced in theirs simplest form with no additives or preservatives and are bursting with nutrients. By reading above, it is clear that these two supplements offer a variety of health benefits to everybody from externally boosting their appearance and making them glow, to detoxifying their insides and keeping them healthy. I would recommend anyone to take these at least once a day to not only boost physical and mental health and well being, internally and externally, but also improving on physical appearance performance and helping develop into healthier lifestyle.

By Ethan Smith

Personal Trainer at Liverpool Personal Training Studios

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