You may vaguely remember learning about chlorophyll in your biology class in high school, and it turns out this stuff does more than just give plants their green color; chlorophyll also provides benefits to the human body ranging from cell renewal to fighting inflammation. Chlorella and spirulina (both microalgae) just happen to be two of the most common and potent sources of chlorophyll, and they happen to be pretty impressive superfoods as well. Read on below to learn about just some of the incredible benefits that they can offer.
Benefits of Chlorella
Chlorella works in the body to help detox and clean out the liver and bowels. It also helps to remove toxins from the blood as well as the skin. Many healthy living advocates suggest taking chlorella after or while undergoing chemotherapy as it will help to flush out any remaining poisons from the body. Newer studies have insinuated that chlorella may have promising effects when it comes to treating muscle pain, such as fibromyalgia.
Studies have also shown that chlorella may help treat diabetes and regulate insulin tolerance. It has also been suggested that chlorella may help fight cancer and lower your risk of falling victim to the disease. Chlorella may instigate apoptosis (preprogrammed cell death) of cancer cells in the body, as was shown in one study done on rats. Although more research needs to be done, this is certainly an exciting prospect!
Benefits of Spirulina
In addition to being extremely rich in a variety of nutrients necessary for humans, spirulina can also help protect cells from damage thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties. These antioxidant benefits may even extend to the successful warding off of cancer cells in the body. Although more research needs to be conducted, this blue-green microalgae is showing promise as a successful component of treatments for AIDS, herpes, and the flu.
Spirulina is also effective in lowering cholesterol levels in the body, and therefore reducing the risk of heart disease. A 2007 report published in Lipids in Health and Disease noted that spirulina lowered bad cholesterol and triglycerides while also lowering blood pressure in test subjects.
Incorporating Microalgae into Your Diet
Both spirulina and chlorella are typically offered in powder, capsule, or tablet form. The dosage recommendation for each is the same: 3,000 mg as a preventative treatment or 10,000 mg for therapeutic treatment (such as treating fibromyalgia). Be absolutely sure that the spirulina/chlorella you purchase is of the highest quality. If you opt for the powdered form, it is easy to add a little bit into your daily smoothie or oatmeal to bolster your body’s health.