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NUTRITION - Algae and Algae-based Supplements

Super-Charge Your Nutrition with Algae and Algae-based Supplements

I am a firm believer in taking nutritional supplements. I guess I started on them when all three of our boys were involved in hockey, and dinner was often rushed so that we could get to a game or practice. Nourishing meals gave place to what was fast and easy.

The list of the supplements I take has grown over the years, but I am convinced I am healthier than most people my age.  Because I am so enthusiastic about the benefits, I constantly keep my eyes open for what’s new in the industry. Recently that focus has been on a variety of supplements that contain algae.

SpirulinaSpirulina capsules

I’ve found out just recently about spirulina. That’s being pretty late to the game, I know, as it seems a lot of people know at least a little about spirulina. I was completely ignorant of anything about algae until I stumbled on that first mention about algae biofuel, so I haven’t added it to my nutritional supplements yet. But you can bet I will since I’ve found out about this super food. Read what I’ve learned about it on the spirulina page.


KrillOne of the important supplements is Omega-3. If you don’t know the benefits of Omega-3 click here now to read up on it.

I never liked the Omega-3 supplements made with fish oil—they taste so fishy! And what an unpleasant aftertaste. Then I switched to krill oil. However, krill are also fish (technically zooplankton) but maybe because they are so tiny they don’t have that strong smack of the ocean.

Then I found out about Omega-3 from algae, and I switched. Again, read more about this on the Omega-3 page.


Long ago I learned that although synthetic supplements may be cheaper, you’re much better off with the natural type. Astaxanthin is the same. Algae are a good source, an all-natural source, of Astaxanthin. Read more about it on the Astaxanthin page. I think you’ll appreciate the differences as much as I do. And algae are a good natural source of Astaxanthin.


A new supplement I just ran across in my reading is Chlorella. It is supposed to reduce cholesterol, and as my husband refuses to give up his eggs, and butter, and milk, he has a problem with cholesterol. We’ve placed an order and I’ll let you know if he (or his doctor) notices any change. There are more advantages to Chlorella. They are on the (surprise surprise) Chlorella page.

Trying to Keep All Meat-Source Products Out of Your Diet?

One thing I haven’t mentioned yet is the advantage supplements made from algae have for vegetarians. I’m not one—I thoroughly enjoy almost all food—but for those who have chosen to avoid meat products, finding good supplements can sometimes be difficult. Algae have great nutritional benefits. There are many microalgae and macroalgae supplements to choose from, and I believe we will be seeing more algae-based supplements coming on the market soon.

Are You Concerned About Good Nutrition for Your Pet?

Don’t think nutritional supplements are only for humans. If you have a dog or cat, or even an aquarium, you might already have had a suggestion that you use them, or choose food with the specially added nutrition. (We don’t have any pets right now—although at one time our cat, Gandalph the Grey, commonly known as Gandy, weighed 25 pounds and swept the floors for me with his stomach when he walked. We probably were lacking a bit in being aware of his diet.)

As I poked around, I got the feeling that kelp is the most beneficial algae for dogs and cats. I put a link on this page to one product that you can read about. I don’t have any pets, so I can’t try this or any other pet food with kelp. If any of you have tried it let me know what you think. Did it improve your pet’s health? No change? Cause a problem? Just click on the Contact button at the top of every page, and I’ll post the results. In the meantime, I do a little more thorough investigating.

And if you have livestock, e.g. cattle, pigs, and chickens, you might want to look for some that has up to 10% or 20% algal nutrients. After the oil is pressed from algae for use as biofuel, the remainder is called algae cake, and it has many benefits as animal feed.

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As with all matters concerning your health, check with your doctor
before adding any supplements to your diet.