Know the Source of Chlorella and Spirulina – UPDATED!

By Dr. Bob McCauley

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.


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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. Taiwan YESSome 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.

Sunlight_vs_Fermented_Chlorella - YES - NOFermented 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.

Japaneno Japanse Chlorella is generally good quality, but there are questions about radiation contamination from Fukushima.

 

Hawaii NOSpirulina 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 lowsecuador - GOOD
metals grown in tubes. Quite expensive.

 

India YES

 

Spirulina from India. Some of the only Certified Organic Spirulina on the market. – Very high quality but the taste is pungent.  I visited the plant in India and it one of the best I have ever seen.  It’s a top notch facility.

California Spirulina is grown in the eastern part of California in the desert.  GoodCalifornia YES quality, low metals, but it’s a little on the expensive side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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