As a striking contrast to the popular belief that algae are gross, dirty and unwanted growths seen in lakes and ponds, some of them are actually considered as superfoods; that is, they are much higher in terms of nutritious value than regular foods. And this fact has slowly started to emerge and light up the minds of the global population.
Nowadays, an increasing number of people are adopting or are looking to adopt a healthy and green lifestyle, because of the general understanding of the negative effects that processed food can have on overall health and well-being. Many renowned influencers have been advocating a green and wholesome diet and thankfully, most of them have begun to make the switch, especially in Canada.
According to a study conducted to analyse food consumption patterns of Canadians, it was found that almost half of them feel guilty whenever they consume food that they know is unhealthy. It was also found that 72% of men and 80% of women always try to maintain a healthy and wholesome diet.
These figures definitely indicate a positive shift in food consumption patterns. In addition to these, another study conducted on Canadian eating habits also says that a large majority of them now steer clear of sugary drinks, which is a major improvement from a few years ago when a lot of them were quite fond of soft drinks. Carbs are also increasingly being replaced with proteins.
This drastic shift in food consumption among the Canadian population explains their obsession with superfoods now. A lot of them are not only aware of the benefits of superfoods like algae, but they have already made it a part of their daily diet. More specifically Chlorella and Spirulina Canada are two of the most popularly consumed algae.
However, a common doubt among Canadians and the world at large is which one among the two is best for health.
So here is a breakdown of each of their benefits and features, and a quick verdict of which one is best.
Chlorella Vs. Spirulina
Chlorella is essentially a single cell freshwater green alga that comprises largely of chlorophyll. In fact, it is the highest known source of chlorophyll as it forms about 5% to 7% of the entire biomass of Chlorella, which is way more than that any other leafy green vegetable and also the highest among all microalgae.
On the other hand Spirulina is a unique blue-green alga, that is more of a kind of cyanobacteria in a strict biological sense. Interestingly, its genetic composition is different from other algae in that it doesn’t have a membrane bound nucleus. For the same reason, it has a completely digestible cell-wall.
However it does use the sun as a source of energy for its survival just like other plants.
In terms of nutrients, spirulina is considered as one of the most nutritionally complete foods available for consumption. Apart from containing an abundance of essential fatty acids, including a rare form called gamma linoleum acid, spirulina is also one of the richest sources of beta-carotene. Additionally, it also contains Vitamins A, B, C, E and K along with minerals like potassium, calcium, copper, magnesium and iron.
Coming to the health benefits, Chlorella, being heavily rich Chlorophyll, helps in the processing of oxygen, improves nutrient absorption and in turn, aids in the elimination system of our body. It also helps in the growth and repair of bodily tissues. The chlorophyll contained in it is one of the most powerful cleansing and detoxification agents for our body and hence fights against heavy metals like uranium, cadmium and other radioactive materials, promptly removing them from our body. Studies have also proved that it has the unique ability to remove toxins while at the same time improve the immune system
Spirulina, as mentioned before acts as a complete and well-rounded nutrient source for our body, being made up almost 70% of protein. For the same reason it is beneficial for athletes and in losing weight effectively.
As it has a cell wall composed of mucopolysaccharides, it is easily digestible when compared to other cellulose walls which are indigestible. It is thus available for absorption completely by the digestive system, which makes all the nutrients contained in spirulina easily bioavailable as well.
Apart from that it also contains a rare phytochemical that is known to improve brain function and also help the immune system.
Considering all these benefits, it can be difficult to decide which one is best, as both have very unique and distinct characteristics and offer a myriad of different benefits to the body.
Doctors suggest that both be taken in appropriate amounts as part of the daily diet in order to achieve a well-balanced diet. On the other hand, specific problems pertaining to specific systems like the digestive system or the immune system for example, may be treated with the appropriate algae.