Spirulina vs Chlorella

chlorellaI recently received an email from a customer who was interested in supplementing with greens, specifically chlorella and spirulina. Spirulina and chlorella are nutrient-dense algae grown in mineral-rich pools of fresh water. Although both these algae look and taste very similar and offer some similar benefits, they also offer very different nutritional profiles and if you are going to choose one, it best to know which one will offer the nutritional aspects that will be most beneficial to you.

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Spirulina

Have you heard about spirulina? Spirulina is a single-celled form of blue-green algae made famous for its health benefits. This algae is power-packed with B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid), other minerals and antioxidants, and exists as an excellent source of protein! Its ability to protect against infection, disease and cancer are amazing.

Spirulina can relieve typical seasonal allergy symptoms –  a runny and congested nose, watery eyes, sneezing and itching –  commonly caused by pollen, ragweed, dust, mold, pet dander and other environmental contaminants. While prescription and over-the-counter drugs may have many undesirable side effects, spirulina can be a natural remedy for your seasonal battles and the common cold. Who can deny the benefits of an all-natural immune boost!  Continue reading “Spirulina”

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Greens Are Great For You

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone! In the spirit of this day, I am going to talk about greens! Instead of green beer, you should be reaching for another sort of greens drink. For those of you who aren’t getting in the recommended 5 to 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day (minimum), taking a greens drink  is a great way to get all the nutrients that you would be missing.

Pathway UltraGreens is a comprehensive greens formula that also contains beets, aloe vera and much more. It also contains some of the most known greens. Here is what some of these superfoods do:

Spirulina: Spirulina is the most famous of the blue-green algae for good reason. It is one of the most nutritious foods known, containing up to 65% highly digestible protein. It is one of the highest food sources of vitamin B12, contains up to 10 times more beta carotene per gram than carrots, and along with kamut, alfalfa and barley juice, is one of the richest sources of chlorophyll. Spirulina is one of the few natural foods to contain the omega-6 fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). Spirulina is also a rich source of B complex vitamins, minerals, enzymes, RNA and DNA. Continue reading “Greens Are Great For You”

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Eating a Different Kind of Greens

We all know the benefits of eating spinach, broccoli, cabbage and kale, but there are different kinds of greens that also offer amazing nutritional value, as well as many potential health benefits. Sea greens – like blue green algae, spirulina, chlorella and kelp – have vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, as well as antioxidant properties. People who take greens on a regular basis report that they have more energy and vitality.  But how do you pick the best one for you? Well, many formulas contain a combination of these greens along with barley and alfalfa powders to maximize nutritional content. But if you want to try only one, here is a  a description of  some of the “sea greens” and their benefits.

Spirulina : This super food is actually a member of the blue green algae family and is the most nutrient dense. It also contains all nine essential amino acids, important to help build and maintain the body’s proteins. It also contains more Vitamin A than carrots, more iron than beef, is a profound source of protective phytochemicals, is naturally low in fat, a source of the essential fatty acid GLA, and it is easy to digest. Not too shabby. Continue reading “Eating a Different Kind of Greens”

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