Chlorella and Spirulina are two of the most popular fresh microalgaes, and for good reasons. They share many nutritional benefits, such as being extremely rich in chlorophyll, which is vital for photosynthesis. They even share their "green and fishy" taste, and most importantly, they are both usually consumed for nutritional boosts.
These incredible microalgaes share many benefits. Probably the most popular one is that both chlorella and spirulina are extremely rich in complete protein; this type of protein is more easily digested than animal protein. The two algaes are rich in vitamins C, E, and all B vitamins (including B12, which is rare in plants). Both contain high contents of macro minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. They are also an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids including GLA, mocupolysaccharides, beta-carotene, and nucleic acids (both RNA and DNA)
As you can tell they are both very rich in nutrients that it is believed people can live a longer life just consuming these two algaes as their only food.
Different Hidden Benefits:
It is a great anti-inflamatory. It can help reduce symptoms of fatty liver, hepatitis, peptic ulcers and bacterial infections.
It is also an excellent detoxyfier of mercury poisoning, will protect you against radiation. These are due to the high amount of chlorophyll.
It improves your cardiovascular health due to the cell structure of mocupolysaccharides as well as the easily digestible sugars and amino acids in spirulina. These three factors make the algae able to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, which help prevent stroke and heart attacks.
Spirulina can enhance your immune system since it is packed with powerful antioxidants that protect your cells from damage. It can stimulate your immune system to stop the development and spread of cancer cells. It has also proved to be hopeful with inactivating the human immunodeficiency virus that is related with HIV and AIDS.
Both chlorella and spirulina have proven to be the best protein substitute for a meal. Spirulina is about 65-71% complete protein while chlorella is 58% protein. Beef is a shy 22% while lentils are only 26% protein. Only 2 table spoons of either one is enough protein for one meal.