Chlorella and Spirulina are both two kinds of algae. These come in many different ways and shapes, such as granules, capped pills or in a powdered form. The latter is the one I have been using for the last eight months.
Chlorella is slightly brighter in color and is not as blue-green as the Spirulina is. This algae (also named Chlorella vulgaris) is found in freshwaters and consists only of a single cell. The cell wall is easy to break, making the absorption of all the nutrients more accessible to our bodies. This green goodie is packed with the 18 essential amino acids, vitamins (B1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 12, folic acid, biotin, vitamin C, carotenoids, lutein, vitamin E, vitamin D), and minerals (Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, chrome, copper, manganese). It is also a great source for chlorophyll!
Spirulina (Arthrospira) has the same profile of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, but also contains vitamin B11, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (GLA). The reason why I take both Chlorella and Spirulina and not just one of them, is because they are said to have different effects on the body.
While it is known that chlorophyll is what helps the body detoxify of many complicated substances, such as heavy metals (e.g. mercury), Chlorella is known for carrying more chlorophyll than Spirulina does. It is said to help with digestion and is particularly good at boosting the immune system. Also, Chlorella is claimed to be better at helping repair damage to nerve tissue since it contains a special Growth Factor.
Although both Chlorella and Spirulina are known for having cancer-preventing and fighting properties, Spirulina contains more phycocyanin which helps prevent cancer. This is what gives the algae its blue tint. Spirulina is a richer source for protein and is easier on the digestive system.
Since both algae are good in their own ways, even though they are similar, it is recommended to take them both in a 2:1 teaspoons ratio in order to reach the recommended daily intake and achieve the great health benefits from both. Some prefer to take two teaspoons of Spirulina and one teaspoon of Chlorella each day, and some the other way around. I prefer two teaspoons of Chlorella and one teaspoon of Spirulina since I am not interested in getting additional protein or GLA. Either way is fine and you can try out which combo you like the best as long as you do not exceed the total of one tablespoon (three teaspoons equal one tablespoon) a day.
I drink a Green Shake every other day with Chlorella, Spirulina and water. I began doing it because I believed my body lacked some important minerals. Also, I wanted to nourish my body and detox it from harmful chemicals, such as pesticides that come with the food we eat. That is why I am constantly stressing you all to buy organic produce.
Twice a year I do a detox foot bath, which I will write more about later on. If you are curious I recommend that you google for some information and pictures. After consuming Chlorella and Spirulina for a little over a month, the water during the detox bath turned out so much clearer, showing me the great difference that was, and still is, going on in my body.
Be happy and clean, stay fruity and green!