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Phy-toe-plank-ton. Phy-toe-plank-ton.

Or at least, that’s how I say it in my head. I don’t know why, it’s just a fun word to break down into its syllabic structure. But phytoplankton doesn’t run the ocean by just being fun. It’s also a powerhouse of nutritional value. Much like the honoured Chlorella and Spirulina. We’re not going to lie to you, these taste foul. They’re gross, but they’re so good for you, particularly if you’re living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.

Marine microorganisms are teeny-tiny, itty-bitty creatures that live in the water. Mostly as unseeable nothings that travel around causing no harm. They are plant based, cleaning out water and air. In fact these tiny critters are responsible for about 90% of the earth’s oxygen. When harvested from a pure water source, chlorella, spirulina, and marine phytoplankton are true superfoods. They supply excellent vitamins, amino acids, proteins, and minerals to the human body. They are a good supplement for vegetarians and vegans, as well as everyone else.

Spirulina

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Spirulina is a long chain-like plant organism that is harvested for farm use from non-contaminated ponds or other bodies of water. It has very high iron content making it ideal for vegetarians/vegans. It also has a high B-12 content (though it’s been contested that you can process this B-12 entirely, so I recommend getting more complete B-12 from elsewhere).

Chlorella

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Chlorella is a single-celled microorganism that is similar to Spirulina in structure but first must be ‘cracked’ in order to make it digestible. Chlorella has a strong outer shell that prevents humans from digesting it, so it goes through a special process that makes it useful to your body. Chlorella source of chlorophyll, protein, iron, magnesium, and amino acids, but it is primarily known as a detoxifying supplement, often taken by chemotherapy patients.

Marine Phytoplankton

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Marine phytoplankton are single-celled organisms that are rich in trace minerals, chlorophyll, essential amino acids, DHA, EPA, and antioxidants. Marine phytoplankton creates 90% of the earth’s oxygen and makes up about 25% of all vegetation on the planet. It also quickly reproduces itself, meaning that it’s a sustainable part of your diet.
Though they look, smell and even taste similar, there are few key differences between Spirulina, Chlorella and Marine Phytoplankton:

Differences Between the Three

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The structure of all three are types of algae, but Chlorella and Phytoplankton are true single-cell algae with a nucleus, while Spirulina is a multi-celled plant with no distinctive nucleus, it forms long green strands and can therefore be seen with the human eyes.

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They can be distinguished by colour. Spirulina is a cyanobacteria, a blue-green type of algae, while Chlorella and Phytoplankton are a green algae.

All three are a good source of nucleic acids, though and phytoplankton and chlorella have almost twice as much as Spirulina. nucleic acids are important factors for DNA and RNA in the body. Helping to heal faster.

Spirulina and Phytoplankton can be consumed easily after harvest while Chlorella has to go through a process to break its cell walls before the body can use it. So in a way Chlorella has to be processed before it can be consumed.

Chlorella and Marine Phytoplankton are higher in chlorophyll, with almost double the amount as Spirulina. Chlorophyll is a good source of antioxidants, which protect your brain and slow down aging. But Spirulina is higher in iron, protein and beneficial Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA).

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Chlorella and Marine Phytoplankton have unique properties in their cell walls that make it bind to heavy metals and other contaminants (Spirulina does not have this same benefit). That’s why these two are higher in detoxifying properties.

How to take them:

You can buy all three in powders and capsule form. Capsule is probably easiest, because these taste like pond-scum. They are not for consumption for flavour.

Warnings

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Chlorella has moderate levels of iodine, so if you’re sensitive, avoid it Auto-immune sufferers should consult a doctor before taking or stopping use of Chlorella. People at risk for blood clots should avoid Chlorella also.

Spirulina should be avoided by those with PKU, and anyone who is taking anti-coagulates. Some people with auto-immune disease fair poorly with Spirulina. If you have any of these issues always consult a doctor before taking or stopping consumption.

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