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The Difference Between Chlorella and Spirulina

Both very popular, both look similar and taste similar. So it is no wonder, we often get asked what the main differences between chlorella and spirulina are, especially by customers wishing to know which of these two superfoods would benefit them the most. So let's get started.....

Chlorella is a green unicellular freshwater algae that is rich in protein, vitamins (including vitamin B12), minerals (especially iron), amino and nucleic acids. Chlorella algae boast a high chlorophyll content that helps cleanse our blood and tissue, making it particularly useful for detoxification. Buy Chlorella Powder here.

Chlorella also contains an extremely strong concentration of alpha, beta and gamma PPAR's (Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptors), which are known to regulate our metabolism, strengthen our immune system and promote general all round good health. 

Spirulina is a blue-green unicellular freshwater algae packed with fibre, protein, vitamins (including vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and K), essential minerals (including iron, calcium and magnesium), trace minerals, essential fatty acids, nucleic acids (both RNA and DNA), polysaccharides and antioxidants. Buy Spirulina Powder here.

Spirulina is low in calories and a complete source of protein. It has recently been linked to demonstrable weight loss. 

Like chlorella, spirulina is also available in both tablet and powder form. Try spirulina in this delicious Superfoodies Green Granola

The Key Differences Between Chlorella and Spirulina

Chlorella and spirulina are both unicellular freshwater algae, which thanks to their incredible density of nutrients can offer a wide range of health benefits when incorporated to your daily diet. To help you decide which of the two super greens is right for you, we have identified the following key differences:

  • Chlorella is a green algae, which means that it typically boasts around ten times more chlorophyll than spirulina and makes it more suitable for detox purposes
  • Chlorella contains more iron than spirulina
  • Chlorella contains a special Growth Factor which can help repair damage to nerve tissue and is ideal for those with degenerative brain and nerve disorders
  • Chlorella features a true nucleus, unlike spirulina
  • Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is thousands of year older than chlorella
  • Spirulina contains more protein than chlorella. Indeed, on average spirulina contains 12 times more protein than beef!
  • Spirulina is a better source of GLA (gamma-linoleic acid), a ‘good’ fat that is essential for healthy brain and heart function
  • Spirulina contains higher concentrations of phycocyanin, a phytochemical that can help prevent cancer and gives spirulina its special blue tint

Want to try Chlorella and/or Spirulina?

Made up your mind which of these two super greens is the best choice for you? Or perhaps you want to enjoy the benefits of both? You can purchase premium quality, pure chlorella and spirulina powder online at Detox Your World, the first in certified organic raw foods and superfoods in the UK.