The blue-green algae, Spirulina, is a complete protein so it works great as a supplement. Often it is taken as a tablet or in powder form. Dried spirulina is about 60% protein. Being so dense in protein content means that only a small dosage is required to meet one’s daily intake recommendation. Because of that it is a more sustainable option because people require less of it than other forms of protein, which in turn uses fewer resources to produce. Spriulina is also rich in other vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin K.
Another algae to consider is chlorella. Chlorella is a type of algae with an extremely high content of magnesium-rich chlorophyll. A 100 g, 411-calorie serving contains 58 g of protein, which is more than twice the protein found in beef. Chlorella also has massive amounts of vitamin A, and is a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and amino acids. But chlorella shows special promise as a substance that can detoxify the body from radiation and other contaminants. Researchers around the world have studied chlorella, and found evidence that it attaches to radioactive particles and helps flush them from the body. Chlorella is also associated with increased production of spleen stem cells and bone marrow.
Remember, be careful to read the labels of any protein you purchase – the way it is raised or produced can have an effect on the quality you will be ingesting. It is always safest to look for proteins that are organic in order to avoid eating food that has been genetically modified or fed genetically modified feed.
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