Spirulina Benefits: Spirulina vs. Chlorella!
I luckily discovered the spirulina benefits accidentally while doing some research on Chlorella, which was a supplement I was taking at the time. One of the first questions that occurred to me was “What’s the difference between Spirulina and Chlorella?”, and I know many other people who have heard about them feel the same! So let’s break down the similarities and differences between the two.
Let’s start with the similarities these two algae share! Well, first of all, they are structurally very similar and therefore, they look practically identical (at least in processed form). You can buy both in pressed tablets, capsules or powder, and it’s all going to be dark green! They are both single celled organisms that rely primarily on photosynthesis to achieve most of their nutritional value and to produce chlorophyll. Because Spirulina and Chlorella are so nutrient dense and packed with antioxidants they are considered to be ‘superfoods’. Both are a form of complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids and they both encourage the good digestive bacteria to thrive. These two are some of the oldest life forms on the planet going back BILLIONS of years!
One major difference between the two algae is their ideal growing environments. Although both plants love the sun and convert it’s energy into nutrients beneficial for humans, Chlorella is actually a freshwater life form while Spirulina thrives in highly alkaline lakes. So alkaline that they are practically salt water and inhospitable to most other forms of life.
Chlorella actually has more chlorophyll than Spirulina, can you guess where it got it’s name? Chlorophyll is the pigment that gives both algae their intense green colour. This nutrient has many benefits, but one of the reasons to love it is that it acts as a natural cleanser. Dubbed ‘plant blood’, chlorophyll is like a magnet for toxins in your body like mercury, cadmium and lead as well as other pollutants like arsenic! Couple this with Chlorella’s digestive benefits and you truly have a supplement that flushes your body of pollutants!
While both algae are single-celled, a big difference between the two is the structure of the cell. Spirulina has a cell wall easily digestible by humans, as it is composed of proteins and carbohydrates. Chlorella, on the other hand, has a cell wall made of indigestible cellulose which must be broken before consumption. This can be achieved several ways including pulverization and heat treatment. Without having the cell wall broken, the human body would only absorb a fraction of the nutrients this wonderful algae has to offer!
Chlorella may be an amazing body detox, but it doesn’t have the same immune boosting qualities of Spirulina. Through intense antioxidant support Spirulina keeps your body ready to take on the world! Shown to inhibit viral replication, Spirulina is a great supplement for those fighting viral diseases such as HIV or even the common cold! Of course, the powerful antioxidants found in Spirulina fight free radicals which cause cancer, as well as discourage cancerous cell division!
So while these two algae are very similar in many ways, an easy way to think of them is that Chlorella is an amazing sweeping cleanser that detoxifies your system. Spirulina, on the other hand, is a disease fighting champion, keeping your immune system at it’s strongest! The truth is that both of these supplements complement each other very well and work best if taken in tandem. So what are you waiting for?! It’s time to get your body functioning at it’s best! It’s time for Spirulina (and Chlorella)!