“You aren’t ill: it is just that you are made of second-rate materials.”
~ Natalia Ginzburg
There are several different species of these two algae, however the ones that I speak of in this book are Spirulina Platensis and Chlorella Pyrenoidosa. Another Chlorella product found on the market is chlorella vulgaris, which is nutritionally inferior to its powerful cousin Pyrenoidosa. The kind of alga found in swimming pools closely resembles chlorella vulgaris, which does not have the broad array of nutrients that Pyrenoidosa has, nor its incredible dietary fiber. The Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) in vulgaris is miniscule compared to Pyrenoidosa. Vulgaris is cultivated by fermentation instead of grown with sunlight. Its growing time is only three days whereas Pyrenoidosa takes seven days to mature because it is a far more complex whole food with a much greater array of nutrients than vulgaris. Cultivating a food with sunlight is a much more natural way to grow a food compared to simply fermenting it. For one thing, chlorophyll cannot be created without sunlight, which is not used in the fermentation process. You will pay more, but Chlorella Pyrenoidosa is well worth the extra money.
Spirulina Platensis is grown in Taiwan and India and has been refined and enhanced through thousands of generations of the same strain until it has been tweaked to nutritional perfection. Aquaculturists select from millions of Spirulina cells in order to develop superior strains of microalgae that are more concentrated in nutrients such as beta carotene, iron, amino acids, calcium and numerous others.
A tremendous amount of scientific research has been done on both Spirulina and Chlorella from universities and medical institutions around the world. They are also used globally as livestock feed. Once tableted, they will last up to a year when refrigerated and even longer if vacuum-packed. Both have been proven to be one of the best solutions to world hunger problems.
Which One You Should Take
“There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.”
Even though the nutritional profile of Spirulina and 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 algae and has the predominant odor of seaweed. Chlorella is a green algae 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 is an extremely high energy food, great before a workout. 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, which is why it is a hoax to suggest that you can cross breed them into a new species. Anyone with a scientific background in algae culture knows that it is impossible to cross a bacteria with a plant, such is the same as crossing a animal with a plant.