Algae in recent years has grown in popularity and can be bought in capsule form in many stores and also in various forms. Spirulina and chlorella are two examples of products derived from algae.
Spirulina is an extraordinarily rich source of protein, which accounts for about 60 percent of the algae’s overall composition. This compares with soybeans at 34 percent protein, beef with 17 percent protein and eggs at 12 percent protein. Spirulina also delivers high levels of vitamin B-12, offering 200 mcg of the vitamin for every 100 grams of the algae.
Kelp, a strain of marine algae, is a rich source of iodine and a number of other important nutrients, including essential fatty acids, fiber, potassium, protein and sodium.
Chlorella, another micro algae, is full of chlorophyll, providing the richest food source of the green pigment, which the body can use to cleanse and heal its organs.
In addition to its rich stores of chlorophyll, chlorella contains a wide array of other nutrients, including beta carotene, selenium, zinc, vitamins B-12, C and E and a substance called Chlorella Growth Factor. This supports the body’s immune system as it stimulates the healing and replacement of cellular tissue.