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Differences Between Spirulina and Chlorella

Chlorella and Spirulina are two famous supplements that more and more people are using as they become more aware of the healthy properties of these algae.

Spirulina is a cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) and consequently belongs to the “true bacteria“ category. Chlorella, on the other hand, is a eukaryotic “true“ plant.

This clearly shows that the name “algae” is a collective term for various organisms living under water, but whose origins are truly different.

Organisms living under water and that need sunlight to live are usually classified as “algae”. Both man and Chlorella are classified as Eukaryotes. Reduced to phylogenetic relationships, it means that man is more closely related to Chlorella than Chlorella is to Spirulina.

Spirulina is a blue-green coil shaped cyanobacteria that can be found in either fresh or salt water. Spirulina lives in oceans throughout the world. Chlorella is a spherical green true alga that requires only carbon dioxide, water, sunlight and small amounts of minerals for reproduction.

Chlorella has been determined to contain about 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrates, 5% fiber, and 10% minerals and vitamins (including the vitamin B12 which is generally only found in meat). Chlorella contains 20 amino acids including the 8 necessary for human diet.

Spirulina contains between 55% and 77% protein, but is considered to be a total protein. It includes all of the 8 amino acids that are necessary as well as 14 other less-essential amino acids.

Chlorella is probably the most studied plant in the world as it has been used for over 100 years as a model organism in botanical research. Its effects on the animal and human organism have been the subject of scientific studies for around 80 years.

The effect of Spirulina, which in some culture groups has been a regular feature of the menu for many hundreds of years, has been similarly well researched. Their high protein and unsaturated fatty acid content, as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals, make Chlorella and Spirulina valuable supplements to the human diet. Moreover, recent scientific studies indicate that various constituents of these algae have pronounced immune-modulatory properties which make them interesting for applications in the medical field.

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The Truth About Broken Cell Chlorella

Does it matter if Chlorella has broken cells or not? – The Answer is No.

Some companies claim that their Chlorella has broken cell so it’s easier for our organism to digest and process Chlorella’s precious nutrients. This is false.

Most of the Chlorella’s production plants are in outdoor ponds so the Chlorella has to go through a harsh process in order to be cleaned up. Consequently, the Chlorella’s cell is being pulverized during this process…

The truth is that Chlorella’s cells open up naturally in an acidic environment. Our stomach has a degree of acidity that is strong enough for the Chlorella’s cells to open up.

Scientific studies on rats have been conducted* to determine if non-broken cell chlorella and broken cell chlorella made a difference in digestibility. The results show that there is no difference between the two types.

It is actually much better if the Chlorella does not have broken cell wall, since it preserves the precious nutrients inside it such as Vitamin B12, Amino acids, Omega 3, and deliver it only when digested. It is of paramount importance to pick a Chlorella of the highest purity.

(*) Publications The effect of processing of Chlorella vulgaris: K-5 on in vitro an in vivo digestibility in rats Animal Fedd Science Technology 70 (1998) 363-366 Komaki,H., Yamashita,M., Niwa,Y., Tanaka,Y., Kamiya,N., Ando,Y., Furuse,M. 1997