Chlorella and Spirulina: Which Should You Take

By Dr. Bob McCauley

The most powerful foods on earth are Spirulina Plantensis and Chlorella Pyrenoidosa.  They compliment one another in many ways because they are completely different foods with different nutrients.  Spirulina is an extremely pure food, 95% digestible, extremely high in the Vitamin B-complex, iron, calcium and essential fatty acids such as Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), which is excellent for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis or bursitis.  Spirulina is an excellent food to consume before a workout because of the explosive energy it provides to the body.

Advantages of Spirulina and Chlorella

Spirulina Nutrition

  • Protein 60% – Highest of any food.
  • Vitamins – A, C, E, B Complex
  • Pycocyanin – Miracle Nutrient
  • SOD– Antioxidant
  • Zeaxanthin – Antioxidant
  • Fatty Acids – GLA, DHA, Omega 3 & 6
  • Phytonutrients – Beta-carotene, Chlorophyll

Spirulina Benefits

  • High Energy Food
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Clears + Strengthens Arteries & Veins
  • Encourages Nutrient Assimilation
  • Dietary Fiber Cleans Digestive Tract
  • Assists with Weight Management
  • Brain & Neurological Health
  • Gives you Lots of Energy
  • Restores Cellular Activity
  • Helps balance Blood Sugar
  • Cleanses + Repairs Liver
  • Balances + Cleans Kidneys
  • Reproductive Health
  • One of only 2 Foods You Can Live On Exclusively and Be Healthy

Chlorella Nutrition

  • Most Amino Acids: 60%
  • Perfect Plant Protein
  • Most Nucleic Acids (RNA/DNA)
  • Cellular Repair Longevity
  • Most Chlorophyll
  • The Body’s Important Nutrient
  • Vitamins A, B Complex, C, D, E, K1, Folic Acid
  • Fat [6%] Alpha Linolenic, Oleic & Linoleic acids
  • Mineral Dense [6.5%]
  • Antioxidants
  • Outer Cell Wall: Dietary Fiber binds with Toxins & pulls them from the Body
  • Chlorella Growth Factor, CGF – Chlorella Extract, Powerhouse of the Chlorella Cell

Chlorella Benefits

  • Gives you Lots of Energy
  • Cardiovascular Health
  • Clears + Strengthens Arteries & Veins
  • Encourages Nutrient Assimilation
  • Dietary Fiber Cleans Digestive Tract
  • Brain & Neurological Health
  • Gives you Lots of Energy
  • Restores Cellular Activity
  • Helps balance Blood Sugar
  • Cleanses + Repairs Liver
  • Balances + Cleans Kidneys
  • Reproductive Health
  • One of only 2 Foods You Can Live On Exclusively and Be Healthy
  • LOW Heavy Metals
  • Non-GMO
  • Herbicide + Pesticide FREE

Chlorella has incredible anti-cancer properties.  Its unique fiber is great for the digestion, as well as heavy metal and synthetic toxin removal.  It has large amounts of nucleic acids (RNA/DNA), which, along with amino acids (protein), are the building blocks of our cells.  Chlorella can even be used topically on cuts, scrapes, infections, even serious wounds, as can Spirulina.

The second step in Achieving Great Health is to add these superfoods to your diet.  Start slowly, gradually increasing them until you reach a dosage of at least eight grams of each daily.  (See Appendix: Spirulina, Chlorella & Water Dosages.)  You can never consume too much Spirulina and Chlorella as long as they are raw and their enzymes are intact.  As you increase your dosage, gradually reduce your intake of protein from traditional sources, such as meat, fish, eggs, soy and dairy products.  Algae is best consumed with each meal because of its high protein content, the highest percentage of any foods known with 18 different amino acids that are in the proper ratio to one another.  Protein must be consumed with everything you eat for proper digestion and nutrient absorption.  Most vegetarians lack sufficient protein in their diet.

Great Health will be nearly impossible to achieve without these two powerful whole foods at the center of your diet

Even though the nutritional profile of Spirulina or Chlorella are quite similar, they are completely different foods, as different as apples and oranges. Although many of the nutrients in these foods are identical, those same nutrients will assimilate and benefit the body in slightly different ways.  This is why we should attempt to get as many different types of foods into our diet as possible.

Spirulina is a nitrogen-based blue-green alga and has the predominant odor of seaweed.  Chlorella is a green alga that is oxygen-based and has the predominant odor of fresh grass.  Chlorella gets its name from the high amount of chlorophyll in it, up to 10 times that of Spirulina, which is itself quite high in chlorophyll.  Chlorella belongs to a class of algae called chlorophyta.

spirulina platensisSpirulina: High Energy
Spirulina is an extremely high energy food, great before a work out.  It also is excellent for the treatment of arthritis.  It is in a class of algae called cyanobacteria.  As strains of algae, chlorophyta and cyanobacteria could not be more different from one another.

I take 5 grams of Spirulina before every workout and the difference is unmistakable.  I can exercise harder, for a longer period of time, and recover quicker when I take Spirulina before a workout.  Athletes who have discovered these superfoods and load-up on them before training or competition have a decided edge over those who don’t.  I know many athletes who do this and the best thing about it is that it is completely natural and therefore legal.  Athletes don’t need to worry about testing positive for steroids or other artificial substances if they pre-load on natural superfoods such as these before competition.

Chlorella: Detoxification
The fiber in Chlorella is famous for removing heavy metals and other synthetic toxins from2013Rec0112 dividing_C_cell2-150x150 (2) Photo the body.  One of the absorbing substances in Chlorella fiber is sporopollenin, a naturally occurring carotene-like polymer that is extremely resistant to degradation.  Chlorella’s cell wall is comprised of 3 layers.  The middle layer contains the thickest cellulose microfibrils.  The outer layer is extremely resistant to tearing or breakage.  The characteristics of this fiber are unique to Chlorella and why it is so important that we consistently have Chlorella in our diet because it is not found in any other food source.  Even dead Chlorella has the ability to soak up toxins after it has bonded with them.[i]


[i]  Bioconcentration of four pure BCB Isomers by Chlorella pyrenoidosa, Urey, J.C., et al. Bull Envir. Contam. Toxicol. 16, 1976, S. 81-85.

 

 

About Bob McCauley

Bob McCauley, ND (Robert F., Jr.) was raised in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University (BA, 1980 in Journalism). He is a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant. He has traveled extensively, both domestically and abroad, visiting over 32 countries. He published Confessions of a Body Builder: Rejuvenating the Body with Spirulina, Chlorella, Raw Foods and Ionized Water (2000), Achieving Great Health (2005), The Miraculous Properties of Ionized Water, (2006) which is the only book on the market that exclusively addresses Ionized Water, Twelve (Fiction, 2007) and Honoring the Temple of God (2008). He considers himself a Naturalist, meaning he pursues health in the most natural way possible. He studies and promotes nature as the only way to true health. From 2002-2004 he hosted the radio program Achieving Great Health, which was heard by thousands of people each day. His guests included some of the most well-known and respected names in the natural health world. With the help of his father, Dr. Robert F. McCauley, Sr. (Doctorate in Environmental Engineering, MIT, 1953) they started Spartan Water Company in 1992, which sold vended water machines in supermarkets. Robert Jr. founded Spartan Enterprises, Inc. in 1993. He is a Certified Water Technician with the State of Michigan. He is also a Type II Public Water Supply Specialist and has the certifications of S-5 and D-5. The McCauley family has a long history in the water industry. Bob's father pioneered environmental issues regarding ground water and drinking water quality. He received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1953 for his thesis on removing radioactive strontium from water. He earned his doctorate in Environmental Engineering in less than 2 years, one of the shortest doctoral studies in the history of MIT. He taught civil, sanitary and environmental engineering at Michigan State University for 18 years before retiring to run Wolverine Engineers & Surveyors of Mason, Michigan, for 17 years. His reputation throughout Michigan as a water quality expert was legendary. Bob worked for his father's company for 12 years learning the water business, which dealt primarily with municipalities, including water quality and sanitary sewer issues. After apprenticing with his father, Bob moved on to the bottled water business. He established greater Michigan's biggest selling bottled water: Michigan Mineral – Premium Natural Water. He was introduced to Ionized Water in 1995 and has done more to promote Ionized Water than anyone else in the industry. Bob often lectures and offers seminars on his Seven Component Natural Health Protocol . Bob is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and a Certified Master Herbalist. He is also a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Certified Instructor of Songahm Taekwondo (American Taekwondo Association).
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