Algae and Seaweed that grow naturally in oceans and lakes have been consumed for centuries due to a rich concentration of protein, phytonutrients and essential minerals.
More recently Algae has become a popular “Superfood” in the wellness community and a “Super Ingredient” within the natural beauty industry.
Blue Green Algae in particular, is the most common to be sold at health food stores in a dried powder, supplement tablet form and as a liquid concentrate. Spirulina, Cholorella and E3Live are all types of Algae that are widely available and frequently used as key ingredients in protein powders, energy bars, healthy chocolate bars or served as an “add-on” option at juice bars.
When applied topically, Algae is a hydrating nutrient that delivers water to the skin, reduces inflammation and nourishes sun damaged skin.
The list of Health Benefits of Algae are indeed Awesome!
Chlorella is available in dried powder tablets and has a very similar nutrient profile to that of Spirulina. Chock full of Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants essential to our health, its easy to see why the wellness community is so excited!
Excellent Source of Essential Nutrients:
• High in Iron
• Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc, Potassium
• B Vitamins (essential to the Central Nervous System)
• Antioxidants: Vitamin A & E
Spirulina in the Diet
The rich taste and smell of Spirulina is similar to that of any seaweed, there is a slight hint of the sea however when combined with other naturally sweet ingredients such as fresh or dried fruit in a smoothie or blended with the sweetness of a kombucha tea, or in homemade energy balls, the taste can be quite pleasant.
The healthy fats and high protein content provide the body with a boost in energy and can satiate hunger fast! Making Spirulina the perfect addition to any energy drink or bar.
Rich in Essential Fatty Acids:
• Healthy fats
• Anti-Inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids aid the body in maintaining balanced PH levels
• Essential Fatty Acids feed the Colon and support its healthy function
Dried Spirulina Powder
Foods that are naturally vibrant in colour typically indicate that they are also high in nutrients. Spirulina does not disappoint!
Spirulina is a Complete Protein source:
• Contains 65% Protein by weight
• Low in Carbohydrates & Fat
• Easy to digest plant based Protein
• 1 tsp = 2g of Complete Protein
Green equals Goodness
All green plants contain Chlorophyll. It is what gives the plant the beautiful green colour. Blue Green Algae is one of the richest known sources of Chlorophyll.
• Promotes blood cell production
• Alkalinizing to the body, reduces inflammation and acidity
• Cleanses the blood
Algae for Beauty
The natural Beauty industry is also taking notice of the many benefits of Algae.
Due to the ability to absorb a large amount of water Algae is a wonderful ingredient to use in skincare products.
I absolutely LOVE this super-hydrating Algae Serum from Pure + Simple!