Algae: Pond Scum or Superfood?

Aug 23, 2016

Most of us think of algae as simply the tiny green organisms that grow in our lakes. However, they are so much more! Certain strains of algae are incredibly beneficial; In fact, they are often called “nature’s perfect food”. Today I’ll share why these little green guys earn a place in your kitchen cabinet.

What are Algae?

Algae are single-celled organisms that form the basis of our food chains. They are high photosynthesizers in part due to their high chlorophyll content. They have cells that are hundreds of times smaller than animal cells and have a wide range of over 64 micronutrients including rare trace minerals. This is especially important in an era where our soils are becoming depleted of these important minerals.

They are also a good source of essential fatty acids and are 60-70% complete vegetable protein including all 8 of our essential amino acids. The nutrients in algae are incredibly bioavailable as well, meaning you are able to easily digest and absorb their nutrients.

How to Use

Always ensure you are sourcing from reputable suppliers as there is some concern of toxic byproducts of algae when grown in unideal ways. We love E3Live, Ocean’s Alive and Sun Potion products! No matter what you choose, ensure it has been tested and that you trust the source.

Algae can come as a dried powder, liquid or fresh-frozen. Use them in smoothies, mix into your juice, simply take in a small amount of water, or pick up one of our Phyto Tonics or E3Live shots.

Be sure to keep a glass of water nearby to rinse out your mouth after consuming- they have a deep blue-green colour that might colour your teeth! On the plus side, this colour makes your smoothies a beautiful brilliant green.

Our Top 3 Algae

Due to their high concentration of nutrients, they come with a wide range of health benefits including improved brain function, immune system support, and reduced inflammation.

There are many algae products on the market, but these are our favourites due to their quality and strong nutritional profiles.

1. Chlorella

This green algae has the highest chlorophyll content of all plants making it a potent blood, bowel and liver cleanser. It is especially good for heavy metal and radiation detox while also supporting detox of toxins released with weight loss.

2. Phytoplankton

Phytoplankton contains exactly what human cells need to carry out their metabolism making phytoplankton amazing for the creation and maintenance of new cells. This means more energy and faster recovery! It is 100% bioavailable due to its soft cell walls and its ability to be absorbed directly into our mitochondria instead of being digested in the traditional way. It is also antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial making this a good algae to reach for when you need extra immune system support.

3. E3Live

E3Live is a fresh-frozen wild blue-green algae. It contains the rare blue pigment phycocyanin which helps to fight inflammation, support the liver and aid in anti-ageing. It is also an important source of omega-3 fatty acids and phenylethylamine which aid in mood, attention and alertness.

Gabby is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP) and is the Retail Manager for Village Juicery. Her focus is on increasing access to nutritional knowledge and holistic health practices to empower others to make simple changes so they can get to the root of their health and thrive from the inside out. She recently completed her Masters of Public Health, specializing Social Policy, where she hopes to find a way to help those traditionally missed by our health and wellness systems. She would like to bring her passion for health and wellness to the broader policy sphere by addressing food security, social justice and sustainability.

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