Spirulina is one of the highest protein-rich foods in the plant kingdom.
It is a type of microalgae which has the ability to produce a high quality of complete protein and essential nutrients more efficiently than most other food sources. One tablespoon of spirulina contains 5-6 grams of bioavailable protein.
Spirulina has been widely used in West Africa since the 1970's to treat malnutrition and was also popularized by NASA, for the American astronauts. It is energizing and detoxifying, containing phytonutrients, antioxidants, essential vitamins and minerals, including chlorophyll, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, GLA, iron and the blue-green pigment phycocyanin.
The difference between Spirulina and Chlorella
Chlorella and spirulina sometimes get confused with each other so here's a brief on the differences.
The main physical difference between spirulina and chlorella is that spirulina does not possess the hard cell wall that makes chlorella closer to a plant than algae.
Chlorella is an excellent way to detoxify the body from mercury, a common problem if you have amalgam dental fillings, have received a thimerosal-containing vaccine or regularly eat contaminated fish. It is also one of nature’s highest source of chlorophyll, which has many biological benefits.
Spirulina is unable to remove heavy metals, as it lacks a cell membrane. It can, however, protect the liver against the toxic effects of heavy metals, and help eliminate other toxins, including arsenic.