Spirulina vs Chlorella

chlorellaI recently received an email from a customer who was interested in supplementing with greens, specifically chlorella and spirulina. Spirulina and chlorella are nutrient-dense algae grown in mineral-rich pools of fresh water. Although both these algae look and taste very similar and offer some similar benefits, they also offer very different nutritional profiles and if you are going to choose one, it best to know which one will offer the nutritional aspects that will be most beneficial to you.

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Eating a Different Kind of Greens

We all know the benefits of eating spinach, broccoli, cabbage and kale, but there are different kinds of greens that also offer amazing nutritional value, as well as many potential health benefits. Sea greens – like blue green algae, spirulina, chlorella and kelp – have vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, as well as antioxidant properties. People who take greens on a regular basis report that they have more energy and vitality.  But how do you pick the best one for you? Well, many formulas contain a combination of these greens along with barley and alfalfa powders to maximize nutritional content. But if you want to try only one, here is a  a description of  some of the “sea greens” and their benefits.

Spirulina : This super food is actually a member of the blue green algae family and is the most nutrient dense. It also contains all nine essential amino acids, important to help build and maintain the body’s proteins. It also contains more Vitamin A than carrots, more iron than beef, is a profound source of protective phytochemicals, is naturally low in fat, a source of the essential fatty acid GLA, and it is easy to digest. Not too shabby. Continue reading “Eating a Different Kind of Greens”

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