Spirulina and chlorella are best mixed in fruit juices. Apple juice, pineapple, and blck cherry are the best I’ve found. Once you get used to them, you don’t taste either of them at all, even mixed in water, which I sometimes do. I even sometimes crave the chlorella and will eat it right off the spoon.
It’s funny that there is just as much hype against algae as for it. I have no idea why. I do know you have to pay attention to your source, because it is very easy for both powders to become contaminated. I buy Nutrex, it is the highest quality spirulina, and Jarrow chlorella.
I mixed a tablespoon of Nutrex spirulina in some black cherry juice yesterday morning because I knew I’d have to work 12+ hours nonstop. All of my coworkers thought I was coked up because I was nonstop all day busting ass, and wasn’t even tired when I got home, still feeling great mentally and physically after a full workday with no lunch!
While it certainly won’t cure cancer, believe me, it’s not snake oil. It is a “superfood”, one teaspoon of the powder being the equivalent of 5 - 6 services of leafy vegetables.
Essentially, algae is just a super nutrient dense vegetable, and before you all shrug it off as snake oil, just keep in mind what most people would think of jelqing.
Just started taking spiru half an hour before workouts…I now have the energy to do an intense full body workout in just one day, as opposed to breaking them up throughout the week. Great stuff, great source of Vitamin B12 and Beta Carotene.
Spirulina was the reason Montezuma’s runners were able to make the 180 mile run to the coast and back to bring back the freshly caught fish he enjoyed so much.
Chlorella is really good too, but its effects are not noticeable until you have been taking it a month or two, and it is more a general energy boost and sense of well-being rather than an immediate kick like spiru.
I know I’ve probably spread around enough hype for these two ‘supplements’ but I have honestly never felt better in my life since I started taking these in January. There was a mild detox effect when I first started, nasty farts and intense headaches, but that went away after a day or two, and it’s been smooth sailing since then. Imagine when you were a child full of energy, that’s how I feel now, and I’m 30.
Also, there have been many scientific studies done on both spirulina and chlorella, but for some reason they are very hard to find, I wonder why? If anyone wants, PM me and I will e-mail you the pdfs I have managed to find.
One more thing….I wouldn’t bother with the Swanson tablets. I have some, and they are very difficult to swallow and scratch my throat. Not to mention, you’d have to take 8 tablets to equal one teaspoon of the powder! (four grams) Powder is not only more cost effective, but just better.
Edit: spirulina is often confused with Klamath algae (another blue-green algae), perhaps that is where the negative press comes from. Klamath algae is incredibly expensive, and so easily contaminated people get extremely sick and sometimes even die from taking it. I’ve never taken it so I can’t comment, but it costs too much for me, even from Swanson.