Chlorella is a true green alga known as streptophyte algae a group of green, freshwater algae. Through photosynthesis, it multiplies rapidly, requiring only sunlight, water, carbon dioxide and a small number of minerals to reproduce. It’s spherical in shape and contains the green photosynthetic pigments chlorophyll -a and -b in its chloroplast. It’s known to be the first plant on the planet along with fungi (a kingdom of its own). All plants are thought to have evolved from chlorella over 500 billion years ago, spirulina is one of them. Chlorella has remained in its original form as it was many years ago. The whole plant is used to make nutritional supplements and medicine.
Chlorella gets its name from the high amount of chlorophyll it contains. It has about 2.5 to 3% chlorophyll making it the highest content of chlorophyll in any plant. Spirulina comes in second at around 2%, wheatgrass and Alfalfa are also high in chlorophyll. Including chlorophyll, the tiny green cells of chlorella contain several compounds that are considered to be a wide range of antioxidants, vitamin C, beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein. An antioxidant is a compound that inhibits oxidation, removing potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism. Hence, delaying or preventing cell damage. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that can produce free radicals, this causes a chain reaction that may damage the cells of an organism. Much like what happens to your apple if you take a bite out of it and let it sit on the counter, soon the flesh of the apple turns brown, it oxidizes. Studies have proven that chlorophyll kills harmful bacteria and odors. Often referred to as “the internal deodorant” due to its ability to destroy putrefactive bacteria in the digestive tract and help fight infections serious infections like strep and staph gum disease and bad odors in the mouth often caused by an infection or impaction in the intestines.
Scientist E. Bircher speaking about chlorophyll, “concentrated sun power”
“It increases the functions of the head, effects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus and the lungs. It raises basic nitrogen exchange and is, therefore, a tonic which, considering its stimulating properties cannot be compared with any other.”
From a chemical standpoint, Chlorophyll’s molecular structure is almost identical to those of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is our body’s oxygen transporter. In 1913 Dr. Richard Wilsstatter discovered that hemoglobin is composed of four elements; hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon, organized around a single atom of iron. Chlorophyll has the same elements except they are organized around a single atom of magnesium. Supplementing with clean chlorophyll will elevate the integrity of hemoglobin in your blood and that converts into improved energy, oxygenation and circulation.
Chlorella contains a specific kind of fiber making it one of the leading foods to improve digestive issues and a powerful detox agent. Chlorella is also used to increase “good” bacteria in the intestine to improve digestion; and to help treat ulcers, colitis, Crohn’s disease, and diverticulosis. Studies have shown that this fiber binds with heavy metals (Radioactive Strontium, lead, cadmium), herbicides, pesticides, radiation and other foreign toxins, pulling them out of your system. Doing a yearly Colon Cleanse and/or a Full Body Cleanse can help tremendously with this process and puts less strain on your organs while eliminating these foreign substances.
Chlorella’s impressive nutritional profile has led some to call it a “superfood.” While its exact nutrient content depends on growing conditions, the species used and how supplements are processed, it’s clear it packs several beneficial nutrients. Chlorella contains many nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega-3 fats. It is imperative that you know and trusts your source when purchasing Chlorella and where they source their product from. It needs to be grown in a sanitary controlled environment free of pesticides, heavy metals (cadmium, lead and fluoride) and other environmental contaminants.
Chlorella is a complete protein source, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids. Both plant and animal protein break down into amino acids, first by digestive enzymes produced in the salivary glands traveling down to the stomach. Then human muscle proteins are synthesized using the amino acids absorbed from the intestinal walls.
The nutritional profile of spirulina and chlorella are very similar to each other, yet unique in their own way making them completely different foods. Therefore, I suggest you take them both, they are the most powerful and nutritionally dense foods in the world without a doubt. They are a complete food, meaning that you will get all your basic nutrients from them and could survive off them exclusively if needed. Typically a batch of dried Chlorella consists of 45-60% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrates, 5% fiber and 10% vitamins and minerals. These two super foods should be the foundation of your nutrition protocol especially if you are on a budget.
Similarities and Differences
They are both 50-60% Protein by weight
Chlorella and Spirulina contains all 22 essential and non-essential amino acids, helping to regrow and heal damaged inflamed tissue and muscle
They both contain unique antioxidants, the antioxidants found in chlorella are not found in spirulina and vice versa.
Spirulina contains Phycocyanin a high-powered antioxidant and immune system builder not found in any other food.
Chlorella proteins contain a large amount of Lysine and a special substance called GCF, a kind of sulfur-containing nucleotide-peptide complexes. Many experts are researching it’s molecular structure as it not found in any other higher plants.
Spirulina does contain less fiber than Chlorella.
Spirulina is a super high energy food, works well as a pre and post workout for the amino acids.
Chlorella is a powerful detox aid and may be taken with meals for its fiber content and other digestive aids.
Chlorella contains high amounts of ALA- Alpha Linolenic Acid, an essential fatty acid for heart and brain health.
Spirulina contains GLA-Gamma Linolenic Acid an essential fatty acid not found in many foods (found in breast milk), it’s good for an array of inflammation, arthritis, joint issues.
Chlorella has the highest composition fatty acids 29% of linolenic acid and about 14% of two essential fatty acids linoleic and palmitic also known as Vitamin F in nutritional science
“Health Benefits of Blue Green Algae. Organic blue-green algae are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Two varieties, spirulina and Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, are the most consumed forms of blue-green algae; which has superfood status due to high concentrations of proteins, vitamins and nutrients.” ~Dr. Edward Group
Chlorella Nutritional Profile
1-ounce = 28.35 grams = 3 tbsp = 150 cold pressed tablets of chlorella is considered half of a therapeutic dose.
Percentages below are from the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) issued by the US government. Always keep in mind that these are very low and optimal health levels are much higher so it will be very hard to take too much chlorophyll.
Calories – 115
Carbs – 6.5g
Protein – 16.4g
Fat – 2.6g
Vitamin A Beta-carotene – 287%
Vitamin B1 Thiamin – 32%
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin – 71% (1.075mg)
Vitamin B3 Niacin – 33% (7.2 mcg)
Vitamin B5 Panathenaic Acid 3%
Vitamin B9 Folate – 7% (23.5 mcg)
Vitamin B12 Cobalamin 1%
Vitamin C Ascorbic Acid – 5.0%
Vitamin E RRR-alpha-tocopherol – 2.0%
Iron – 202% (32.5mg)
Calcium – 5.5% (55.25mg)
Magnesium – 22% (223.75mg)
Phosphorus – 25%
Zinc – 133% (17.75mg)
Omegas – 64.29% (900mg )
In addition, chlorella contains a good amount of vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and a small amount of almost every other nutrient we need.
Chlorella can be a good source of iron. Depending on the supplement, it may provide anywhere from 6–40% of your daily need.
Chlorella is a vegan source of the essential vitamin B-12. Chlorella helps B-12 synthesis via the intestinal bacteria in our intestinal tract.
It’s also an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps you absorb iron and acts as a powerful antioxidant.
Chlorella is an alkaline food rich in minerals like potassium and magnesium keeping the blood in an alkaline state.
Omega-3s: As with other algae, chlorella contains some omega-3s. Just 3 grams of chlorella delivers 100 mg of omega-3s.
In very large quantities, chlorella can be a good source of fiber.
When your goal is deep tissue and deep organ cleansing work your way up 6 heaping tablespoons a day on empty stomach. Of both spirulina and chlorella powder, blend with purified water to makes it a smooth drink. Taken with a small amount of fat helps absorption of fat-soluble nutrients from 4 to 15 percent more. (Coconut meat, hemp seeds, flax seeds, coconut milk, cocoa butter, MCT oil). Start with 1 serving at a time, heavy doses introduced to the system can cause constipation and too rapid of a detox. This form of detox goes well will coffee enemas and/or started after an oxygenated colon cleanse. A 10-pound bag of chlorella and spirulina powder should last about 6months when taking large heroic doses.
Benefits of Taking Therapeutic Doses of Chlorella
Alkalizes the Blood
Helps Balance Blood Sugar
Increases resistance to viral infections by restoring white blood cells
Increases red blood cells which increases oxygen utilization by the body
Aids in the relief of pain
Helps detoxify the liver
Helps regulate insulin sensitivity
Reduces the binding of carcinogens to DNA in the liver and other organs
Promotes production of healthy gut flora in the intestinal tract
Aid the body in removing heavy metals and other environmental toxins
Aids in regenerating our body at the cellular and molecular level
Breaks down kidney stones (calcium oxalates stones) for elimination.
CHLORELLA & SPIRULINA OPTIONS
Clean Chlorella 200mg Tablets (64oz, 1814g) , Approximately 9070 tablets
Clean Chlorella 200mg Tablets (30oz, 850g), Approximately 4250 Tablets
Clean Chlorella Powder, 1lb (455 grams)
Clean Chlorella SL Powder, 180 grams
Clean Chlorella SL Tablets, Approximately 1415 tablets
Hawaiian Spirulina Cold-Pressed Tablets: Approximately 3226 tablets
Hawaiian Spirulina Cold Pressed Tablets 500mg, 1700 Tablets
Hawaiian Spirulina Powder, 180 grams
Pure Micro-Algae Superfood Blends
Pure Micro-Algae Superfood Blend Powder (Spirulina & Chlorella) 6.3 oz, 6 pack
Pure Micro-Algae Superfood Blend Powder (Spirulina & Chlorella) 6.3 oz, 3 pack
Pure Micro-Algae Superfood Blend Powder (Spirulina & Chlorella) 6.3 oz, 1 pack
Clean Chlorella / Hawaiian Spirulina Combo Pack, Chlorella 200 mg, 1415 tablets / 500mg 200 Tablets of Spirulina
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