Spirulina is a multi-celled blue-green algae that grows in semi-salty (brackish) waters. It is considered the single most nutrient-dense and nutritionally balanced of all the plants on earth. It is easy to digest, due to its thin cell wall. Chlorella is a single cell green algae with a hard cell wall. In fresh water, chlorella replicates faster than any other organism. It is the most ancient aerobic life form still found on Earth today, and is nature’s richest whole food source of chlorophyll.
Spirulina (natures multi-vitamin) is 65% protein, and has over 100 nutrients. Spirulina contains all essential amino acids, as well as essential omega-3 fatty acids. Spirulina contains a high amount of a Vitamin B12, of which most is in an analog form making it unusable, however, a meaningful portion IS bioavailable. It also contains the antioxidants beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Chlorella is 50% protein and contains a wide variety of nutrients, including antioxidants like beta-carotene and lutein, as well as many valuable minerals.
Spirulina has a protective glycogen coating that dissolves instantly in the human digestive track providing a boost of energy. Chlorella must be “shattered” in order to break through its hard outer shell allowing its nutrients to become bioavailable to humans. The shattered chlorella becomes a mechanical chelator; assisting the body in the elimination of heavy metals and dioxins.
Spirulina (think fuel) helps increase energy because of its glycogen and B vitamin content. Spirulina helps increase muscle mass due to its easily assimilated high protein content and amino acid profile. It also supports immunity because of its antioxidants and phycocyanins. Spirulina’s high omega-3 fatty acid content supports our skin, organs, and nerve bundles. Chlorella (think recovery) contains unique phyco-chemicals that are not available in any other plant, and is especially high in chlorophyll, which is where it gets its name. Chlorophyll supports oxygen delivery in the blood stream and throughout the organs of the body.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae, meaning it contains valuable phycocyanins in addition to green pigments. Phycocyanin is a blue pigment that is a water soluble antioxidant, and free radical scavenger. It provides support for the natural detoxification process of the liver and supports renal function as well. Studies out of Cuba and Japan show that phycocyanin acts like a cox-2 inhibitor, with regards to allergic inflammation response and histamine release. Chlorella contains a unique RNA (Ribonucleic acid) that is known as the “Chlorella Growth Factor.” The RNA in chlorella is scientifically proven to protect cells from mutation and helps to normalize and regulate cell growth. Chlorella assists in metabolizing fat, supports liver detoxification and clean blood.