Chlorella is a single-celled, blue-green algae noted for its nutrient-richness and its role as a complete food. It makes available much of the nutrition we require, and its broad spectrum of protein, carbohydrate and vitamin content makes it a highly useful supplement for people following a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Rainforest Foods Chlorella is a variant known as Chlorella vulgaris. It provides a good spread of vitamins, including Vitamin A, Vitamins B1, 2, 3, 6 and 12, plus Vitamin C. Chlorella is a healthy source of several key minerals, including Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous and Zinc. It is also a rich source of protein, containing 7 out of the 8 essential amino acids – those we cannot make for ourselves and must obtain from our diet.
Spirulina is one of Earth’s oldest life forms, an algae. It provides a huge range of nutrition and has been enjoyed for centuries by several Asian cultures. Modern science has found that it is of wide nutritional value, and the Japanese government classifies it as a functional food in its own right.
Spirulina has amazing nutritional characteristics. Its main ingredient is protein, which typically forms around 60-70% of the product. It contains all eight of the essential amino acids – those that our body cannot manufacture for itself and that we must obtain from our food – making it a useful protein source for vegetarians. This is reinforced by the presence of important vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin B12 (often lacking in a vegetarian diet), Vitamin A, B-1, B-2, and B-6, Iron, Calcium and antioxidant compounds. Spirulina is also rich in other important phytonutrients, enzymes and trace elements. It provides Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, including Linoleic acid and Gamma-linolenic acid. Spirulina is a good, basic support to a healthy diet.