Both chlorella and spirulina contain many health benefits. (Some report that spirulina may be the most nutritious food on the planet!) While they differ slightly, both can be beneficial to incorporate into your routine. Here’s the lowdown on each superfood green, plus 5 health benefits.
Chlorella is a blue-green algae. It’s a really good source of protein (a complete source, meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids!), and also boasts a variety of other vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, and B vitamins.
Spirulina is also a blue-green algae that grows in both salt and freshwater. Similar to chlorella, spirulina is very nutritious and has a high protein content (comparable to eggs!).
5 Health Benefits of Superfood Greens Chlorella and Spirulina:
As mentioned, both are very good sources of protein (chlorella at 3g per teaspoon, and spirulina at just over 2g). These superfoods could be helpful if you’re looking to up your protein intake.
Both chlorella and spirulina have been shown to help with weight loss through blood sugar regulation and improving metabolism.
Both chlorella and spirulina contain many antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation and may help fight chronic diseases.
Blood Sugar Regulation
If you’re looking to help regulate blood sugar levels, spirulina and chlorella may help. Many studies link spirulina and chlorella to significantly lower blood sugar levels. (Consult your healthcare provider first, though!)
Looking for extra liver support? These greens may help. Both chlorella and spirulina have been shown to improve liver function in patients with fatty liver disease.
Easy Ways to Add Superfood Greens Into Your Diet
- Add them to a smoothie. Despite the intense colour, these greens have a mild flavour that works well with many fruits and vegetables. Check out popular smoothie recipes here.
- Mix into salad dressings. Amp up the nutritional profile of a salad dressing with a tablespoon or two. Try them in one of our all-time favourites, Green Goddess Dressing.
- Add into energy bars. Sneak in an extra teaspoon of chlorella or spirulina to amp up your favorite energy bar. They would be a great addition to this healthy granola bar recipe.
What are your favourite ways to incorporate spirulina and chlorella into your diet? Share with us in the comments below!