by Bob McCauley, ND
Not all Chlorella and Spirulina producers are the same. Many companies produce and sell Chlorella and Spirulina. Some have decades of experience, while others have only a few years. Producing Chlorella and Spirulina is not an easy task whatsoever. It is a complicated blend of science and art. Chlorella and Spirulina are used as ingredients in many natural products, such as nutritional bars and super green foods. But the question is where does the Chlorella and Spirulina come from, meaning who produced it?
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Most companies who retail Chlorella will admit it’s from China if they are pushed to answer. The question is where in China and which producer do they purchase it from. Most often they either don’t know because they bought it from a broker or they are embarrassed to say they know nothing about the producer.
Do not consume any Chlorella or Spirulina without seeing the COA. When you want to purchase Chlorella, first ask for the COA, Certificate of Analysis. It tells you everything about the product including its origin and quality. We offer one with every batch we purchase from Taiwan Chlorella. There are Pheophorbides , heavy metals and bacteria levels that need to be measured by law for Chlorella. The producer does have it but many of them don’t want to offer it because it may reveal something embarrassing about their product. We are the only company that openly offers a COA of our products. They are posted on our website.
Chlorella and Spirulina from Taiwan is good quality, but some of it is quite expensive. Some of the best Chlorella in the world comes from Taiwan, but not all of it is good quality. I have blogged about the producers of Cryptomondales and the misrepresentation of their algae product which they claim is a cross between species, which is a flat-out lie. While it is a good product, we need to be wary of a company that is capable of lying about how their product is produced and what it actually is.
Fermented Chlorella is Chlorella grown in tanks. It comes primarily from Korea, although it is being to cultivated in tanks in other countries as well. It is inexpensive but it never sees the light of day. Natural sunlight is critical for growing Chlorella since it helps produce the chlorophyll in Chlorella. The taste of this Chlorella is unlike Chlorella that is grown outside in sunlight under natural conditions. See my BLOG here comparing fermented vs. Sunlight grown Chlorella.
Japanese Chlorella is generally good quality, but there are questions about radiation contamination from Fukushima.
Spirulina from Hawaii. Quite expensive although the aluminum levels in Hawaiian Spirulina is quite high. I cannot explain where the aluminum is coming from in their brand and neither can they. Be careful of Spirulina that is called “Hawaiian” because only 51% actually needs to be grown in Hawaii
Spirulina from Ecuador. Sometimes called Inca Spirulina. Good quality with lows metals grown in tubes. Quite expensive.
Spirulina from India. Some of the only Certified Organic Spirulina on the market. – Very high quality but quite expensive.