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Could This Plant Replace Protein Powder?

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By Elliot Caleira

Many people look to diet supplements to get that little extra boost to their energy level. Supplements should never be used to replace balanced meals but they may make it easier to fix certain vitamin deficiencies or health problems.

A popular way to supplement the diet is protein powders. All protein powders are processed, and if you want fewer processed foods in your diet, then you should try to get your protein from unprocessed food sources. Chlorella, also called green algae, is one of the healthiest protein supplements that could replace protein powder. It is one of the oldest species of algae in existence and is mainly produced in Japan and Taiwan. Green algae grows in freshwater and has the ability to reproduce eight times in a single day. It provides a whole range of health benefits for the human body.

For people who cannot digest regular dairy-based protein supplements or are on a plant-based diet, this amazing alga is perfect. It contains a combination of all the essential and non-essential amino acids and proteins with about 16 grams of protein per ounce.

Green algae contains an abundance of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which help the body maintain a healthy immune system. This may reduce the likelihood of becoming sick. Studies have shown that continued green algae supplementation could improve T-cell production, which means you will have antibodies that are more natural. Enhancing the action of T-cells promotes the destruction of damaged cells that could otherwise divide and form tumors.

Green algae has a number of nutritional benefits. The three main benefits are:

  • Protein—it contains up to 58 percent protein compared to 20 percent for beef. Green algae protein is absorbed by the body almost as well as protein from milk and eggs, which is very rare for plant protein making it an ideal choice for vegans.
  • Vitamin B-12—a 2002 study confirmed that green alga is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B-12. A 2015 study found that a group of seventeen vegetarians aged 26 to 57 with a history of B-12 deficiency, significantly improved their health by taking green algae.
  • Iron—it is rich in iron and can reduce iron deficiency. A 2009 study tested a group of pregnant women by giving them a green algae supplement that resulted in significantly lower rates of pregnancy related anemia.

Other nutrients contained in green algae are vitamin B3, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin B2 and zinc. While it may replace protein powder, it may not replace a healthy salad or other greens in the diet.

When toxins from the environment enter water and food supplies, they will eventually make their way into the body causing many disorders including cancer. Green algae can cleanse our system by flushing out these toxins. When it is taken regularly, the fibrous shell will bind with the heavy metal and other toxins and carry them out of the body. This is why people may have frequent bowel movements during the first few weeks of taking the supplement because of the detoxification happening in the intestines.

Green alga is also a very effective in improving digestion. It relieves such problems as stomach cramps, irregularity and bloating. Food that does not pass quickly enough through the digestive tract may inflame the intestinal lining and allow the reabsorption of toxins, which paves the way for a number of potential problems. Green alga improves the movement of the intestines by making the food move faster.

It is important to be aware that green algae products can vary significantly in quality. Traces of mercury may be found in products that have not been properly prepared. This could make them useless or difficult for the body to absorb. Green algae comes in three forms:

  • capsules
  • powder
  • tablets

When you begin taking green algae, it is recommended to begin slowly because of the detoxifying effect. It is also recommended to consult your doctor before starting any dietary supplement.

Elliot Caleira is a freelance writer in the self-mastery and health and wellness spaces. When he's not writing you'll find him cooking or teaching Portuguese classes. More articles by Elliot.
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